The fine and settled summer weather from January to March is the perfect backdrop to Queenstown's active menu of adventure sports and outdoor exploration. March also brings the Gibbston Wine & Food Festival to Queenstown Gardens.
Gold returns to Arrowtown in autumn (March to May) with a vivid display of colour in the turning of the leaves.
In late June the Queenstown Winter Festival celebrates the coming of the ski season. From June to August, the slopes of the four ski fields surrounding Queenstown and Wanaka are flush with skiers and snowboarders.
The winter play season ends in a flourish from late August with Queenstown's Gay Ski Week and the Remarkables Ice & Mixed Festival.