If you're planning a trip to Queenstown, then you have a world of adventure awaiting you. The small lakeside town is surrounded by an endless array of mountains and adventure activities, which all stack up to give Queenstown its reputation as the Adventure Captial of the World!
Most travellers to Queenstown plan sunshine activities, but rest assured that a shower of rain won't dampen your spirits. All we recommend is that you're sure to pack a jacket for your journey.
The weather forecast in Queenstown can be unpredictable, so use the forecast as a guide but don't rely on it. In the height of summer, it can be 30 degrees outside, but locals will keep a warm jacket nearby... just in case it takes an unexpected change.
So, if you get caught in a rain shower in Queenstown, here are a few activity ideas to make sure your trip still builds a lifetime of memories.
The top 10 best rainy-day activities in Queenstown are:
- Ride the iconic Skyline Gondola
- Go Bungy Jumping
- Take an Off-Road Adventure
- Relax in a hot spa
- Try indoor skydiving
- Experience a boutique movie theatre
- Get some powder on the ski fields
- Scare yourself at the Fear Factory
- Laser Tag at Thrill Zone
- Escape Quest
Why is the weather so unpredictable in Queenstown?
As far as mountain towns go, Queenstown gets more than its fair share of clear blue skies. In fact, more than 3 out of 4 days see sunshine in the town! But it can change quickly and predicting those rainy days can be difficult.
The reason the weather in Queenstown is difficult to predict is quite simple, cities located beside the ocean are regarded as being in a maritime climate, meaning the warmth of the ocean slows down changes in air temperature, making maritime weather patterns slower-moving and more predictable. And seeing as New Zealand is an island nation, this theory applies to much of New Zealand's regions.
But Queenstown is located in the centre of the South Island, surrounded by the great Southern Alps. This environment is called a temperate climate. Without the presence of the ocean, air temperatures fluctuate a lot faster, and weather patterns are much more difficult to predict.
For that reason, the locals here in Queenstown know that the only way to predict the weather is by popping your head out the window to see what it's doing. So, if you do get caught out with a rainy day in Queenstown, we have a few adventurous ideas for you.