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Queenstown is well worth a visit year-round. But the city does get all four seasons, so if you’re planning to hit the slopes at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak while in town, make sure to visit when the conditions are just right.
Early July and September is just before peak-season starts and before the large crowds coming in from overseas descend upon the slopes.
By early July, the lifts would have been running for up to a month and a decent base should coat the slopes, with most of the terrain open.
Similarly with September, this is toward the end of the season, but most runs are still open at this time. Since the peak months are mid-July and August, most of the crowds should have dissipated by now.
If you’re not a teacher or travelling with kids, we also recommend coming before or after the July school holidays. These will be some of the busiest weeks both in town and on the slopes, which drives demand for accommodation way up. You’ll find this is the most expensive time to go.
Mid-July to the end of August bring the best conditions to Queenstown’s ski resorts. This is mid-winter, when the temperatures are at their lowest, meaning there’s less of a chance of slushy or icy conditions.
Compared to surrounding months, July sees the least number of days with precipitation, so you’ll have the greatest chance of bluebird days by travelling then.
Keep in mind July school holidays will be the busiest time.
June and October, the beginning and end of ski season in New Zealand are the cheapest months to travel while you can still hit the slopes. However, this may mean fewer runs open and slushier conditions. If conditions aren’t ideal once you’re there, you could still be in luck – late-June is also when the Queenstown Winter Festival is on.
While lift pass prices may not change much throughout the season, there’s less demand for flights and accommodation in Queenstown right at the beginning and right at the end of the ski season. This usually brings a drop in prices as well.
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