Weather & Seasons

While New Zealand does not usually suffer major climate extremes, the weather can be changeable. Pack layers and a raincoat. Seasons are in reverse of the Northern Hemisphere.

Spring

If you’re in New Zealand between September and November, you’ll be treated to a fantastic show of blossoms in Taranaki, Hamilton, or the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, among other places.
Best time Hit the slopes for spring skiing and snowboarding. Get in your city sightseeing before the summer heat really kicks in.

Summer

December to February is high season, and perfect for exploring the beaches and enjoying water sports in areas like the Bay of Islands, The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Nelson and Marlborough.
Best time Take your pick from a multitude of food, arts and sports events. Book ahead and take a Kiwi camping holiday.

Autumn

From March to May, summer crowds disperse but the weather usually remains settled and warm. In some places, the changing colours of the leaves are a spectacular sight.
Best time Hike the Great Walks while the weather is settled and crowds are smaller. Sample wine at the cellar door in harvest season.

Winter

June, July and August are perfect for skiing, but crisp days and a dusting of snow also make this a great time for viewing the South Island’s majestic scenery.
Best time Swim with dolphins – you can wear a wetsuit for warmth and the water is clearest during the winter months. Soak in a steaming geothermal hot pool nestled among a winter wonderland.