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Late April/Early May

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Late April/Early May

Hey locals,

Do you know when autumn leaves are forecast to peak this year? I see 25th May on websites but the info is not for current.

Ideally, I’m hoping to spend 3 days in Queenstown at peak autumn (red leaves) and snow capped mountains and just trying to time it right. It’s my fav time of the yr in my fav city.

Maybe 2nd week of May? Just looking for a relaxing weekend doing walks and hikes.

It’s magnificent when the leaves fall.

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1. Re: Late April/Early May

the autumn festival is 25-28 april and thats when autumn leaves are at peak, they drop after this pretty quick. Mid may would be too late. they are looking absolutely stunning right now and seem to be earlier than usual due to the earlier cold storms

Edited: 04 April 2024, 11:52
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2. Re: Late April/Early May

arrowtown is best place in april for autumn leaves

Arrowtown, New...
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3. Re: Late April/Early May

Yes - they're pretty full on right now - last weeks cold snap seemed to have sped things up...

As above Autumn Fest in Atown in 25-28 April... ... which is generally the peak time.

Mid-May def too late...

As to snow AND leaves... unlikely to get both, we've had a few light mountaintop snowfalls already, but these are melted away within a few days...

Local saying is 'snow in May never stays; snow in June, gone too soon'

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4. Re: Late April/Early May

#3 we added to that saying this year - snow in March when its parched and snow in April is fateful.

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5. Re: Late April/Early May

I wouldn't wait until May. In Wānaka, colours are looking like they're heading towards the peak now.

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6. Re: Late April/Early May

#5 agreed. everyone we have talked to said they are at peak now, and wet windy weather forecast for next week. With that in mind, we changed our trip around and are heading to arrowtown tomorrow, instead of a week later, to enjoy the fall colours

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7. Re: Late April/Early May

im in arrowtown now. its stunning. We were also in arrowtown early april last year and we noticed some of the autumn trees have already lost leaves, which were in full colour this time last year. So the autumn colours in Arrowtown are earlier this year. Heavy rain and wind is forecast later next week so it will speed up the leaf fall.

But there are always a few trees which change colour more slowly so its likely you will find some autumn colour still.

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8. Re: Late April/Early May

OP i have just changed my cover photo to the arrowtown autumn colours. photo taken yesterday.

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