Otago Seasons

Otago has four very distinct seasons and arguably, New Zealand's best climate with very little rainfall.

Our southern location means we are cooler in winter, though mostly it is dry and sunny all year and we are able to enjoy the outdoors at any time of year.


Is the epitome of freshness with a sense of renewal as spring blossom and vibrant colours emerge.  It's the time to rediscover the outdoors and shake off the shackles of winter.

Spring blossom


Signals the arrival of long, hot, hazy days and deliciously warm evenings with endless daylight. It is the ultimate time to experience all this magnificant landscape has to offer.

It's up to you to set your own tempo of activity - take the high roads and head for the mountains, cycle a section of the Otago Central Rail Trail; play a round of golf at any of the region's eleven golf courses, head to the lakes and rivers for picnics, swimming, fishing or kayaking; visit picturesque historic gold mining sites; arts and crafts galleries; shops and Farmer's markets; take a vineyard or orchard tour; or better still, kick back and relax in our lovely cottages!

Summer is also the "wedding" season with countless wonderful Otago venues for your wedding and reception.

Picnic by the lake


Heralds a region transformed by the fiery, burning reds and golden glow of the changing season.  Artists and photographers emerge from the four corners to capture the colours which are simply stunning.

Wooing Tree Vineyard with Burn Cottage Road in the background


As the first snow falls, excitement levels rise as the region gears up for the start of the ski season in June. It's a great time to try the ancient game of curling, outdoor ice skating or downhill ice luge.

For many Central locals, it's a time to retreat indoors and curl up by the fire with a good book!  Outside, an ever changing and beautiful landscape blanketed in snow and ice, with snow-capped mountains mirrored in crystal clear lakes, rivers and streams.

Every season offers breath-taking scenes and photographic opportunities abound.

Burn Cottage Swirl