Spring might possibly be our favourite time of the year to visit Queenstown - the cherry blossoms are blooming, the days are longer and warmer and there are plenty of activities to enjoy (and less crowds, too!).
If you’re heading to the Home of Adventure in September, October or November, here’s our guide for the Ultimate Spring Day in Queenstown.
Start with brunch
Brunch at Bespoke Kitchen. Image: @bespokekitchen
During spring, the mornings are still brisk - overnight temperatures can drop to 2 degrees or lower (so make sure to pack extra layers!).
Warm up and fuel your day with a hearty breakfast and barista-made coffee at one of Queenstown’s many brunch spots.
Take in the views
Once full and caffeinated, it’s time to soak up Queenstown’s beautiful landscapes. This time of year, the fresh spring blooms, green valleys and glistening waters of Lake Whakatipu are surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks.
Take the Skyline Gondola up to Bob’s Peak, from $46 per adult (or hike the Tiki Trail, free) to reach the best vantage point 450m above Queenstown.
You’ll be greeted with spectacular panoramic views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peak.
Get a taste of adventure
Whether you’ve ridden the gondola or hiked the Tiki Trail, the best way to get back to Queenstown from Bob’s Peak is to zipline all the way down.
Joining a Kea 6-Line tour with Ziptrek Ecotours will have you flying through the trees on a series of six ziplines (including the world’s steepest!) and finishing at the Skyline base building after three hours.
You’ll be treated to fantastic views and plenty of zipping fun on this fully-guided eco-adventure. Bookings are required.
Make the most of the longer days
The best thing about spring? After finishing your ziplining adventure, you will still have plenty of daylight hours left to enjoy what Queenstown has to offer!
Take a walk around the Queenstown Gardens or up Queenstown Hill, cycle the Frankton Track or simply relax with a picnic by the lake.
One of our favourite things to do in Queenstown in spring is to admire the colourful flowering cherry blossoms along the Lake Esplanade or in the downtown Village Green.
Finish with a feed
After a day of adventure, finish with a delicious meal at one of Queenstown’s best restaurants.
There’s no doubt that Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit Queenstown - just don’t forget those extra layers and a rain jacket to be prepared for the ultimate spring adventure.