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PRACTICAL INFO

  • Writer's pictureAmazing New Zealand

New Zealand's Weather: A Guide to Four Seasons of Adventure

Updated: Jun 8


NEW ZEALAND CLIMATE


The first thing you need to know about New Zealand's climate is that its seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere. The best months for touring are October, November, and February, March, and April. May is recommended for photographers seeking clear blue-sky days and stunning autumn (fall) colors reflected in mountain lakes, August and September are perfect for skiing. Overall, New Zealand has a very mild and temperate climate making it a suitable holiday destination all year round.

Summer

December to February

Autumn

March to May

Winter

June to August

Spring

September to November


New Zealand comprises two long narrow islands that run north-south and, as such, there is a huge difference in the climates of the top of the North Island, which is sub-tropical, and the bottom of the South Island, which can be sub-antarctic at times! The temperature rarely rises above 30°C and will not stay long below 0°C except of course in the ski zones.

The average rainfall varies considerably, from less than 400mm in Central Otago on the eastern side of the Southern Alps, to 12,000mm on the west coast of the South Island. The North Island and the east and north of the South Island are mostly dry in the summer months, and in the winter months, it is mostly dry on the west and east coasts of the South Island. Confused? Just remember that this is a green land completely unlike Australia, with lush rain forests and many ferns, so bring your rain jacket as chances are you will experience rain somewhere on your trip!


Summer

Average maximum temperature: 20°- 25°C   (68°- 77°F)

Winter

Average maximum temperature: 10°- 15°C   (50°- 60°F)


MAIN CENTRE TEMPERATURES


Here are the summer and winter average maximum and minimum temperatures for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown

City

Summer

Winter

Auckland

High : 23.8°C (75°F)


Low : 16.4°C (61°F)

High : 14.7°C (58°F)


Low : 8.0°C (46°F)

Wellington

High : 20.3°C (69°F)


Low : 13.4°C (56°F)

High : 11.3°C (52°F)


Low : 6.2°C (43°F)

Christchurch

High : 22.5°C (73°F)


Low : 12.2°C (54°F)

High : 11.3°C (52°F)


Low : 1.7°C (35°F)

Queenstown

High : 22.5°C (73°F)


Low : 10.7°C (51°F)

High : 8.1°C (46°F)


Low : 0.1°C (32°F)


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