Best Time to Visit New Zealand

One of the best things about New Zealand is that it’s a country which lends itself to travel throughout the year. The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies.

The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski or settle down with a glass of pinot noir in front of a roaring log fire after a day’s adventure. Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly. If you’re undecided on when to travel, have a chat with one of our specialists who can discuss the different options and ensure you’re visiting at a time that works best for your vacation requirements.

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Climate guide for New Zealand

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bay of Islands 11°F 0mm 16°F 0mm 24°F 0mm 37°F 0mm 47°F 0mm 58°F 0mm 67°F 0mm 65°F 0mm 59°F 0mm 48°F 0mm 31°F 0mm 26°F 0mm
Central North Island 41°F 59mm 32°F 71mm 43°F 46mm 50°F 83mm 57°F 29mm 60°F 24mm 64°F 6mm 65°F 5mm 59°F 7mm 47°F 0mm 41°F 0mm 42°F 51mm
Fiordland 59°F 93mm 59°F 42mm 59°F 25mm 51°F 72mm 51°F 86mm 45°F 49mm 44°F 59mm 44°F 116mm 47°F 71mm 49°F 104mm 55°F 64mm 55°F 104mm
Hawkes Bay 19°F 59mm 12°F 33mm 19°F 17mm 32°F 0mm 37°F 16mm 45°F 38mm 51°F 0mm 58°F 0mm 51°F 0mm 43°F 0mm 35°F 0mm 25°F 0mm
Marlborough and Nelson 69°F 5mm 66°F 3mm 64°F 74mm 57°F 40mm 54°F 95mm 47°F 31mm 48°F 152mm 48°F 65mm 51°F 85mm 55°F 72mm 60°F 66mm 62°F 146mm
Wellington and the Wairarapa 66°F 21mm 64°F 17mm 64°F 13mm 57°F 91mm 57°F 12mm 51°F 42mm 52°F 58mm 50°F 57mm 51°F 22mm 54°F 69mm 61°F 8mm 61°F 38mm
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