Weather in New Zealand
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New Zealand is a year-round destination. The weather in New
Zealand is generally warm year round, but for a landmass so small
in scale the country hosts varying climactic zones and temperatures
can change rapidly. It's considered subtropical, with warm, balmy
summer days on the North Island. Yet cool, sometimes bitterly cold,
winter nights can hit the South Island. There's no specific rainy
season; it rains off and on year round, so best to take rain gear
with you whenever you travel. A narrow section of the South Island
along the west coast is the wettest, with an average annual
rainfall of more than 250 inches in the lush fjords of Milford
Seasons are reversed from those in North America.
Spring is best if you want to avoid crowds. It's also lambing
season and the time when flowers and blossoming trees are in full
Summer is great for hiking, camping and water sports.
Fall is slightly cooler, but the flaming fall foliage makes it a
delightful time for travel. It's best to avoid the Easter holidays
and the two-week New Zealand school holiday in May, as many places
are booked with locals during those times.
Winter is the perfect travel time for skiers and snowboarders
who want to experience southern hemisphere slopes at their best.
The mild New Zealand weather won't limit many of your activities
and you'll benefit from fewer crowds.
Be aware, however, that some of the best hiking routes, such as
the Milford Track, are only open from November-April. Let us know
when you'd like to visit New Zealand, and we'll put together the
best itinerary for the time of year you wish to travel.