Queenstown weather in May (Otago, New Zealand)

Planning a trip to Queenstown in May? Wondering if it's the right time to visit? Browse this page for a comprehensive overview of the weather conditions for that month.

In May, Queenstown typically experiences low temperatures and high rainfall. Daytime temperatures hover around 8°C, while nights can cool down to about 1°C.

Queenstown in May usually receives high rainfall, averaging around 140 mm for the month. Typically around 12 days of rainfall is expected.

The area sees fewer sunny days, with a projection of about 87 hours of sunshine. This reduced sunlight makes it ideal for those who prefer cooler, overcast conditions over bright sunny days.

If you're looking for dry conditions and comfortable temperatures, May may not be the ideal month to visit Queenstown. January, February, March and December generally stand out with the best circumstances. While April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November tend to showcase less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Queenstown climate page with graphs.

 

Queenstown, monthly averages in May

Min Temperature 1°C  
Max Temperature 8°C  
Chance of Rain 41%  
Precipitation 140 mm  
Rainy days 12 days  
Humidity 81%  
Sunshine 87 hours  
Percentage Sunshine  

Where to go in New Zealand in May

Find out more about the weather in New Zealand in May and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in Queenstown in May?

Wear a base layer in cold weather; this is the #1 thing you can do to increase your overall body temperature.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in May.

Swimming
4/10
Cycling
4/10
Walking
4/10
Camping
3/10
Outdoor sports
4/10

Interested in more climate information?

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