Driving in Winter

During the winter months roads in the Queenstown Lakes District experience alpine conditions. Ice and frost is widespread and a number of areas including the Crown Range experience snowfalls regularly.

Winter Driving Tips

NZTA has published advice on safer winter driving and some of their tips are detailed below.

A number of local companies also offer winter driving courses to help you prepare for driving in winter (for instance, how to navigate snow and ice and how to fit chains):

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Stay Informed

QLDC issue daily reports on road conditions throughout the winter. Click here to sign up.

QLDC provide text alerts on issues such as emergencies and road conditions, tailored to your community. Click here to sign up.


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State Highway conditions

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Weather Forecast (MetService) 



Road Clearance / Gritting

Following snowfall or in icy conditions, QLDC prioritise the clearance and gritting of roads, with the main transport links first. Check out the priority roads below.

Please note: State Highways (including Frankton Road, Stanley Street and Shotover Street) are maintained by the NZTA hence do not feature on the maps.

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Map of Priority Roads (1-8) Map of Priority Roads (9-16)

View Winter Maintenance Service Levels