Queenstown is without doubt New Zealand’s premier alpine destination with arguably the best on and off piste activities in the country. With the arrival of spring, it is a fantastic time to take in some crisp mountain air and enjoy the fresh snow and pristine slopes. Queenstown and the surrounding region has an exceptional ski and snowboard season from June to early October.
Visitors from around New Zealand and overseas flock to the ski resort town at this time of year to enjoy snowboarding and skiing at four main ski fields; Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. Cross country skiing is also available at Waiorau Snowfarm near Cardrona village. If you are looking for the ultimate alpine adventure, several operators can take you heliskiing or heliboarding on spectacular untouched alpine terrain which offers fresh, untouched powder snow.
After a full day breathing in the pure mountain air on the slopes, you will probably be ready for a refreshing drink or hearty meal at one of the town’s many bars, cafes and restaurants or a tipple at the local casino.
Queenstown has the full range of offerings, including gourmet pizza, specialist beer bars, traditional old pubs, lounge bars and a contemporary grill. For a unique experience, you could take the town’s iconic gondola ride to the Skyline restaurant and enjoy some stargazing with an unbelievable clear view of the night sky at a specially constructed platform, topping it off with a hot chocolate in the Skyline bar overlooking Queenstown.
If you are in need of some rejuvenation and relaxation following a day on the slopes or if you just want to revitalise yourself before heading back to work, Queenstown offers a variety of luxurious day spas where you can sink into a therapeutic hot pool or treat yourself to a wide range of pampering therapies.
As winter eases and spring conditions come to the fore, warmer weather and longer days will start to prevail in Queenstown. The perfect time for a visit.