New Zealand has a mild, temperate climate and can be visited any time of the year. New Zealand does not have any ’storm seasons’ or ‘wet seasons’ to avoid.
The most popular time to visit us is summer (December to February) where the temperatures are usually between 20 and 30 degrees (Celsius) with extremes of up to 45 degrees possible in Canterbury and Otago. The Christmas and New Years period is always busy with locals heading away to the beaches and lakes.
In winter, the temperate drops considerably and can even get in to negative territory in the South Island. It’s not uncommon for it to snow in the South Island or the Tongariro region of the North Island. Generally though, the snow only lasts a few days except for in the alpine regions (Queenstown and the Southern Alps) and the south of the South Island where it can stick around for a while. Of course, the snow makes the scenery even prettier and keeps the skiers happy so it’s still a great time to visit.
Someone in any town in New Zealand will take much pleasure in saying ‘oh yes, we get four seasons in one day here’. We’re not quite sure why they love to say it but, it is true so make sure you pack for all seasons.
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Written by: David Kettle