Expected January weather: Queenstown is typically hot and dry with temperatures in the high 20s or mid 30 degrees. Bring your sunscreen! The sun is high forming high-contrast shadows and days are long. Earnslaw Burn waterfalls will be in full flow with melting runoff from the glacier. Generally most rocky locations will be dry and locations with grass and tussocks will be dry and golden. Alpine lakes like Lake Isobel, Lake Erskine and Lake Hope will be melted and full of water.
Potential weather: It can be quite common for late afternoon winds and low cloud to form in the mountains late afternoon or early evening. Like any month days can be cloudy with high winds and rain systems coming through. Weather can be volatile so long-range forecasts change constantly. Wind chill on the mountain can still produce cold temperatures. Occasional cold temperatures can bring short-lived snowfall to some of the surrounding mountains and higher peaks.
1st January Sunrise 6am / Sunset 9.30pm approx