What is the Best Time of Year to Go to New Zealand?


Travel & Lifestyle

New Zealand is a beautiful country, no matter what time of year you visit, but if you have specific activities in mind that you would like to do, there might be a better time to take your trip. The weather can be a little unpredictable no matter what the season, but here is a handy guide of the year to give you something to think about before booking:


December, January and February are the New Zealand summer months, and what comes with that is a sunshine paradise. This is the best time of year for getting the most out of the landscape and views, such as Milford Sound which is one of the most popular tourist destinations, and it’s also perfect for taking on outdoorsy activities such as cycling and hiking. If you travel at this time, you will also get to experience a hot and sunny Christmas time too, which can be a very exciting change.

Average high temperatures in summer range from 21 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius (77F).


During March, April and May, New Zealand becomes a little cooler, which is great if you prefer a breeze in the atmosphere. This is a great time of year for shopping in the cities, as it will be a little quieter. Although it’s important to remember that there is much more to do in the city than just shopping, which you should research on websites such as the Facts About Wellington guide, before you get going. If you’re having your once in a lifetime trip to New Zealand, you want to get everything that you can out of it.

With average high temperatures of between 18C and 25C, autumn still feels a little like summer.


June, July and August are the best months for skiing and winter sports. New Zealand is home to some of the most picturesque mountain peaks which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. You can also make this experience even better by making the most of the hot pools that New Zealand has in the mountains. There is also the Queenstown Winter Festival which is a lot of fun for the whole family. You’ll get culture, community, street parties, and fireworks, just to name a few activities.

High temperatures range from between 10 to 16 degrees Celsius (50 – 61F). The ‘winterless North’ hardly experiences colder days at all, but in the South Island, frosts and heavy snowfall is common.


September, October and November brings with it longer sunnier days. There will be flowers blooming, animals being born, and an atmosphere of newness in the air. As this is a quieter time of year, the tour guides really ramp up the opportunities that are on offer, meaning that there are a lot more group activities available to you.

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