Top 5 reasons to visit Queenstown, New Zealand in winter

Today we have a guest blog post from Daniel atDestinationless Travel。他幸运地调用皇后镇的家(我们最喜欢的地方之一!)所以今天他分享关于如何在冬天在这个美丽的地方做一些提示。

5 Reasons to Visit Queenstown in Winter

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. The small town of 30,000 residents is truly heaven on Earth. Located in the southern region of Otago in New Zealand’s Lake District, Queenstown is as the name suggests – fit for a Queen! And funny enough, that’s actually how it was named!

From the moment visitors fly in over Lake Wakatipu they are welcomed with breathtaking views of the Southern Alps. Once you leave the airport, Queenstown’s backyard is now your favourite playground.


After moving here it was easy to see why everyone who visited Queenstown loved it. But, just in case you’re not sure why you should add visiting Queenstown in winter to your bucket list, I have detailed the top 5 reasons to visit Queenstown in winter, right here!

1, Mulled wine at your favourite bar

The nightlife in Queenstown in winter is something to get excited about. For most, including me, it’s not the large bars that entice me but instead sitting back in front of a fire enjoying a mulled (or hot) wine. There is even a mulled ginger beer! These delicious drinks are served at almost all the bars and come in all sorts of styles.

5 reasons to visit Queenstown in winter

Many bars in town offer amazing views of the mountains so finding a spot to enjoy a mulled wine during the day or night is easy! However one of my favourite spots is the Sunset Bar. That place is beautiful!

2. The Hiking

Summer usually brings in hikers from around the world who come to witness some of the stunning hikes on offer in New Zealand. However, why limit all your hiking to summer?

With many amazing day hikes in and around Queenstown, hiking in winter is easy. Some of my favourites include Queenstown Hill, Ben Lomond Peak, Roy’s Peak, Jacks Point and the hikes up the Remarkables ski field!

5 reasons to visit Queenstown in winter

Of course, in winter it is important to check weather and trail conditions before heading off but with good conditions, the many hikes around Queenstown become and whole new level of beauty in winter!

3. The Winter Scenery

Everything is more beautiful with snow – especially the mountains. I don’t think anyone can argue with that. Queenstown is surrounded by mountain peaks and when a blanket of snow lays upon them, the outcome is stunning. From sunrise to sunset the mountains put on a magnificent show. There is something about being surrounded by mountains that seem to bring joy to every day.

5 reasons to visit Queenstown in winter

If you’re into photography then the winter scenery will surely get you excited! With endless photo opportunities around getting the perfect snaps is easy! With a short drive to Glenorchy or a hike up to Ben Lomond Peak, you can be truly in a winter wonderland!

4. Star Gazing and the Southern Lights

During the summer months in Queenstown, it doesn’t get dark until around 10 pm, however, in winter the days get much, much shorter. For most this is not ideal, however, with Queenstown’s remote location it is the perfect place to star gaze. With the shorter days mean you won’t have to stay up really late to view them either! By 7 pm in winter, the sky is completely dark and the stars begin to shine down.

5 reasons to visit Queenstown in winter

From Queenstown, the Milky Way glows through the night sky and the stars feel like they are within an arm’s reach. Another great thing about Queenstown is that it’s south enough to view the southern lights! Yes, that’s right the southern hemisphere has its own amazing light show!

5. The Ski Season

这是正确的,而在世界其他流行的滑雪胜地融化,新西兰才刚刚开始。188金宝搏安卓与此而来的充满活力和友好的文化山带给人们来自世界各地追逐的粉末。在每年的这个时候,皇后镇是嗡嗡的又一趟上山是花了一天的完美方式。位于皇后区有三个滑雪场中,Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona

5 reasons to visit Queenstown in winter

With 3 amazing mountains right at your doorstep, you can hit the endless runs and enjoy some powder in July. All the fields are within driving distance of Queenstown and two of them can be seen from town!

Some Extra Bonuses

最后但并非最不重要,冬天少不仅是繁忙的which means fewer lines, wait times at restaurants, and just all around craziness, but this also makes it cheaper! In the winter, there are so many food and drink specials at nearly every restaurant! But not only that, all of those adventure activities that Queenstown is known for such as bungy jumping, skydiving, or riding the jet boat, all go on sale! Winter specials are advertised throughout the streets of Queenstown and some activities go down to 50% off!

In winter, Queenstown becomes an entirely different place than in summer. The true beauty of the Southern Alps comes to life and so does this humble town. Visiting Queenstown in winter is a must, and for those who have been in summer, a new place awaits!

Daniel is an adventure enthusiast who travels the world looking for his next thrill. After just finishing 14 months traveling in Latin America, Daniel now calls Queenstown, New Zealand “home.” Daniel will be on the move again soon to explore the rest of New Zealand followed by India and Canada! Follow him on his adventures on his travel blog,Destinationless Travelor onFacebook,Instagram, orTwitter

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  2. Great article!
    The southern alps are nice, especially if there is at least a bit of snow on the mountains. Queenstown is nice. Make sure to check out Glenorchy and nearby Kinloch to go on some hikes.

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