BEST TIME TO VISIT
New Zealand’s seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. When everyone is bundled up in the US, Kiwis are having BBQ’s and enjoying beach weather.
New Zealand has a largely temperate climate but it does vary wildly. The far north has subtropical weather during summer, while inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as 14°F in winter. However, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures year-round. The weather can change unexpectedly, so you need to be prepared for ‘four seasons in one day’, no matter what time of the year you visit.
The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
There is no defined ‘rainy’ season however the rainiest period is May – August. It can and does rain anytime of the year with some parts of the country experiencing higher levels of rainfall than others, particularly Fiordland National Park and Westland (West Coast of the South Island).
New Zealand is great at any time of the year, however, the best time to visit New Zealand depends greatly on your interests. The temperatures listed below are a guide. It is not uncommon to experience temperatures outside of these.
Daylight Savings Starts
26 September 2021
25 September 2022
24 September 2023
Daylight Savings Finishes
4 April 2021
3 April 2022
2 April 2023
Summer months you can have daylight until 9:30/10pm in some parts of the country.