Weather: New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. The weather in New Zealand can be varied and can change quickly. You need to be prepared to experience four seasons in one day, no matter what time of the year your visit. The temperature is generally very comfortable during December to April. In the summer (Dec – Feb) daytime temperatures average 65 – 90F and Autumn (Fall) 60-70F, however, it is not uncommon to experience temperatures outside of these. Mornings and evening’s can be cooler. Rain is always a possibility. It is a good idea to prepare for the chance of chilly weather by packing some warm layers. For weekly weather forecasts, please visit www.weather.co.nz
IMPORTANT Note: the sun in New Zealand is much stronger than in other parts of the world, if visiting over the summer months, please be sure you apply plenty of sunscreen.
Suggested Packing: Dress is informal and relaxed in New Zealand. We strongly suggest packing clothes that can be worn in layers. The weather in New Zealand can be varied and can change quickly. We advise packing clothing that can be layered to provide coverage for four seasons of weather. We recommend packing lightly (there are laundry facilities available at most of the hotels and lodges). Think in terms of casual, comfortable, hand-washable clothing. Following is a list of what we’ve found to be most useful in the areas that you’ll be visiting:
Day-time clothes: • A sun hat, to protect your head and neck • Shorts • Lightweight trousers • Lightweight shirts, both long- and short-sleeve • A Fleece jacket/vest layer to provide lightweight warmth • Gloves, a hat and warm socks to keep hands and feet warm in case of cold weather. • A light waterproof jacket, such as a Gore-Tex® fabric, that breathes, as well as keeps you dry. • A light waterproof pair of pants, such as a Gore-Tex® fabric, that breathes, as well as keeps you dry. • Swimsuit (also to go under wetsuit for activities such as ‘swimming with dolphins’ etc) Night-time clothes for ladies: • Khakis, trousers • Blouse • Skirt and blouse • A light sweater or jacket Night-time clothes for gentlemen: • Khakis, trousers • Long- and short-sleeve shirts • A light sweater or jacket Other items to bring: • Sunglasses • Sunscreen • Insect Repellent • Day pack, for carrying camera, binoculars, water bottle, etc. • Camera and binoculars • Rechargeable battery charger • 3 point adaptor (can be purchased in NZ if required) A journal, for writing notes, observations • If you take prescription drugs, bring enough to last the duration of our trip (including any additional time that you will be in-country). Also carry your prescription drugs in their original packing to eliminate any problems with customs. It is also recommended to have a letter from your Doctor outlining the reasons you are required to take the medication.