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What sort of weather can I expect on my tour?

You can check long range forecasts for weather on the New Zealand Metservice Website.

New Zealand experiences four distinctive seasons, officially these are:

Summer: December, January and February
Autumn: March, April and May
Winter: June, July and August
Spring: September, October and November

However, the weather can be variable and does not always follow traditional seasonal expectations – summer, for instance, can be both very hot and very cold.

Seasonal Temperatures and Conditions?

Summer: Expect an average high of 25 C (76 F) in the north to around 22 C (72 F) in the south.
Average lows (evening time) are 13 C (55 F) in the north to 12 C (54 F) in the south.

Autumn: Expect an average high of 20 C (68 F) in the north to around 17 C (63 F) in the south.
Average lows (evening time) are 11 C (52 F) in the north to 7 C (45 F) in the south.

Winter: Expect an average high of 15 C (59 F) in the north to around 10 C (50 F) in the south.
Average lows (evening time) are 6 C (43 F) in the north to 2 C (35 F) in the south.

Spring: Expect an average high of 18 C (65 F) in the north to around 16 C (61 F) in the south.
Average lows (evening time) are 9 C (48 F) in the north to 7 C (45 F) in the south.

Seasonal Highs & Lows:

New Zealand weather chart 

Rainfall: Rainfall is generally consistent throughout the year between 7 and 11 days per month, but some regions (such as the South Island's West Coast and Fiordland) get drier during the winter months.

Snow: In the North Island snow mainly affects the high Central Plateau around Tongariro National Park where ski fields Whakapapa and Turoa are located. Other peaks such as Mt Egmont / Taranaki and mountain ranges also get snow but not in the way that will affect travel through surrounding regions. You are unlikely to experience snow anywhere but the Central Plateau in the North. In the South Island almost anywhere can experience snow. The Southern Alps – stretching the length of the island – is entirely covered during winter meaning you’re never too far from a dusting of white. Canterbury, Otago and Southland generally get the most snow and this is why most of the ski resorts are based here.

Driving conditions: New Zealand roads are very well maintained and well signposted. Local road maintenance crews are very used to the wintry conditions that some regions can experience and respond quickly to keep roads clear and safe.

What seasons does Australia have?

Given Australia’s size, it goes without saying that it has a number of different climates depending on where you are. There are 6 main climate zones in the country: Desert, Grassland, Tropical, Subtropical and Temperate.

The desert makes up the majority of the centre of the country and In the summertime, they can reach highs of over 40 degrees celsius and lows of 24 degrees, whilst in the winter temperatures generally range from 16-24 degrees celsius during the daytime and can drop down to 0 degrees celsius at night. The grassland regions surround the arid and semi-arid desert and are made up of the Red Centre (Uluru, Alice Springs), Flinders Ranges and Northwest Cape around Exmouth and Ningaloo.

Summer runs from December to March; Autumn from March to May; Winter from June to August; and Spring from September to November. 

The tropical region of the country is made up of the Top End of the Northern Territory including Kakadu and Arnhem Land and the subtropical areas are comprised of eastern and coastal Queensland. The dry season here generally lasts about 6 months, from April to October, with temperatures generally lower and clear skies. If you’re looking to visit this part of the country, this is the best time to come. The wet season generally falls between November and March and is marked by temperatures often over 30 degrees celsius with high humidity, and quite a bit of rainfall. 

Lastly, the coastal regions of New South Wales and Victoria, as well as all of Tasmania and most of Southern Australia feature a temperate climate that experiences 4 seasons. 

Summer: December to February (Average Temperature: Minimum 16°C and Maximum 26°C)

Autumn: March to May (Average Temperature: Minimum 11°C and Maximum 20°C)

Winter: June to August (Average Temperature: Minimum 6°C and Maximum 14°C)

Spring: September to November (Average Temperature: Minimum 10°C and Maximum 20°C)

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