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when to go to new zealand

There is plenty of beautiful weather to enjoy in New Zealand no matter what season you visit. Therefore it may be other factors that determine when you choose to visit, such as prices and crowds, or the specific activities you are interested in experiencing. Below is a brief outline of what you can expect weatherwise in New Zealand.  


September to November

With warm sunny days and uncrowded hiking trails, this is a wonderful time to visit New Zealand. The countryside is alive with colourful wildflowers and young life can be seen entering the world, from lambs to seal pups. Specifically this is a spectacular time to journey to the Fiordland. As the winter snowfall melts, rivers are at full flood and waterfalls are at their most spectacular.

Spring sees a drop in hotel prices and have better availability, as do the national campsites.


December to February

This is the most popular time for visitors arriving in New Zealand, and also the busiest. Average day time highs are a lovely 21°C to 24°C making it a great time to hit the beach or make the most of the huge range of incredible outdoor activities that the country is famous for, such as hiking, cycling, sailing or kayaking.


March to May

Many people consider the Autumn to be the best time to travel to New Zealand. There are many sunny days left to enjoy and the country is much less crowded. Ultimately this means that prices are lower than the summer high season, popular tourists spots are quieter, and it is easier to get accommodation. This time of year is perfectly suited to outdoor exploration as the scenery comes alive in the autumn light, with beautiful deeply shadowed mountains and perfect ochre fields. Additionally, the plentiful vineyards look beautiful. All in all it can be the perfect time to visit New Zealand. 


June to August

Temperatures drop in the winter months in New Zealand, however wrap up warm and this may still be an excellent time to visit. In the North Island average daytime highs are still at 14°C or 15°C in Auckland, so it’s not too uncomfortable. In the South Island it can get quite cold, which is a delight to lovers of winter sports. New Zealand’s southern mountains receive a blanket of snow, and around Queenstown and Wanaka you will find an abundance of happy skiers and snow-boarders. 

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