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Queenstown – What to Pack – Clothing and Supplies Tips

Queenstown What to Pack

Most people associate Queenstown with warmth since it calls an island home. Travel in Queenstown ranges from chilly to downright cold and snowy though. Pack warmly and dress in layers.


No matter what you have planned for your Queenstown adventure, these luggage options are ideal for a short or long-term stay.


May means winter in New Zealand and it may snow – sometimes for days. Pack light, but warm clothing made of fleece. Also, pack thick, wool socks and waterproof boots or shoes. Waterproof jackets and pants keep you warm and dry. Take gloves, a hat, and a scarf for autumn or winter.

If you find yourself unprepared for a major cold snap, take advantage of visiting a country with a major wool industry. Buy a thick sweater as a souvenir and wear it while there.

Wear good hiking boots no matter the season if you’ll explore anywhere outside of the city. You’ll stay warmer and more comfortable since the terrain is really hilly and rocky in places.

If you visit during summer for a hiking excursion, visit the Department of Conservation website to learn the appropriate gear for each track.

Clothes to Pack


Your bag itself matters. Queenstown’s public transportation is much easier to navigate with a backpack than a suitcase. Unpack at your hotel or hostel and you’ll also have a great carry all for your excursions.

Take your umbrella. It also rains often. That’s what keeps it so green.

Pack heat packs that you shake to activate, then slip into your shoes or gloves. You can find them at most camping supply stores or Army surplus stores. This helps you keep your extremities warm while you’re out sightseeing.

Pack high quality sunglasses. Despite the cold, Queenstown has many clear, sunny winter days. Your eyes will need the sun protection.

Take your best camera along. Take advantage of the boundless photo opportunities. Also, pack a spare set of batteries for it because they die more quickly in colder climates.

Electronics to Pack

Skin Care

Liberally apply a hearty moisturizer and lip balm. Queenstown’s climate dehydrates the skin. Keep this on hand if you hike the surrounding mountains, too.

Stock up on insect repellent for the mosquitoes and sandflies. If you’ll hike, camp, or fish, take citronella candles, too.

Toiletries to Pack

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about packing tips in Queenstown.

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