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Year round weather in New Zealand

About New Zealand / September 3, 2020

The first thing you need to know about New Zealand's climate is that its seasons are the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Summer Autumn Winter Spring
December to February March to May June to August September to November

New Zealand comprises of two long thin islands that run north-south and, as such, there is a noticeable difference in the climates from the top of the North Island, which is sub-tropical, and the bottom of the South Island, which is temperate. Overall, however, New Zealand has a very mild climate making it a suitable holiday destination all year round.

Summer Average maximum temperature: 20°-25°C (68°-77°F)
Winter Average maximum temperature: 10°-15°C (50°-60°F)

Main Centre Temperatures and Rain Days

Here are the summer and winter average maximum and minimum temperatures and monthly rain days for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown.

Auckland Ave. high: 23.8°C (75°F)
Ave. low: 16.4°C (61°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 10
Ave. high: 14.7°C (58°F)
Ave. low: 8.0°C (46°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 13
Wellington Ave. high: 20.3°C (69°F)
Ave. low: 13.4°C (56°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 9
Ave. high: 11.3°C (52°F)
Ave. low: 6.2°C (43°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 11
Christchurch Ave. high: 22.5°C (73°F)
Ave. low: 12.2°C (54°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 7
Ave. high: 11.3°C (52°F)
Ave. low: 1.7°C (35°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 7
Queenstown Ave. high: 22.5°C (73°F)
Ave. low: 10.7°C (51°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 8
Ave. high: 8.1°C (46°F)
Ave. low: 0.1°C (32°F)
Ave. rain days per month: 8

What to Wear in New Zealand

New Zealand is typically an informal place so bring plenty of comfortable, casual clothes. Most bars and restaurants do have a dress code, but it is typically 'smart casual'.
In summer, we recommend packing a light jacket and sweater just in case the weather turns cool.
With so many outdoor activities available, swimming gear, hiking shoes, rainwear, and sunglasses are recommended, as is plenty of sunscreen. Due to the hole in the ozone layer above New Zealand, the sun is more harmful here than anywhere else in the world so sunscreen lotion is a must. So please use sunscreen every time you are out in the sun, even if it is just for fifteen minutes.

When to Book Your New Zealand Holiday

We recommend that you start planning your holiday at least 6 months prior to your arrival if you are travelling in our autumn, spring or winter. For summer holidays (including the month of March) we recommend that you book at least 9 months prior to your arrival, due to the strong increase of arrivals during these months. To start planning please fill in our itinerary planning form.