The Best Time to Visit New Zealand

Unsure what time of year to book your Kiwi adventure? Take a look at some things to consider when deciding on the best time to visit New Zealand.

When is the best time to visit New Zealand? Many first-time visitors to New Zealand tend to struggle in deciding the best time of year to book their holiday, so here are a few things to consider when visiting New Zealand for the first time.


The weather

New Zealand has four distinct seasons and the sorts of activities you are hoping to do on your holiday will have an impact on what time of year you should visit. The seasons in New Zealand are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere and fall as follows:

Summer - December, January, February
Autumn/Fall - March, April, May
Winter - June, July, August
Spring - September, October, November


The best time of year for your holiday will depend largely on what you would like to do on your visit to New Zealand. Do you want to try skiing? Better come in winter then. Is hiking your go to holiday activity? Then spring and summer will be the best times for you. Have a think about the different activities you would like to try and find out what seasons they are available in.


If you are more interested in visiting towns and seeing the beautiful scenery, it doesn't really matter what time of year you come as the country is stunning all year round! However, you should take into consideration the temperatures in the different seasons. Winter in New Zealand can get very cold, especially in the southern regions, so if you are not a big fan of chilly weather, consider visiting in spring, summer or autumn.


The People

Summer is a popular time to visit New Zealand, so if you are hoping to avoid the big holiday crowds, the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn might be a better time to plan your holiday.


Australian and New Zealand school holidays also tend to be busy periods in the popular holiday hotspots - if you are travelling in this period, there is plenty to see and do, and lots of places to go to get away from crowds if it's getting a little busy for your liking.


Something to think about if you are travelling during the summer or over the school holidays is booking early, accommodation tends to book out very quickly over these periods so get planning early to make sure you don't miss out on your preferrec accommodation.


The price

One more thing to consider when choosing the time of year to book you holiday is prices. During peak season (summer and school holidays), accommodation and flights can get expensive!


There are several ways to combat this if you are hoping to visit during peak season. Booking as early as possible will allow you to take advantage of any earlybird deals on offer, as well as giving you the most accommodation options to choose from.


Another option to save on accommodation is to travel outside of the peak season. Many accommodation and activity providers will offer deals or lower rates if you book in the off season, so it's a great option if you are hoping to save a litt cash, plus you'll get the added benefit of travelling when the holiday crowds have subsided considerably!