During summer, New Zealand celebrates. The majority of Kiwis take their annual break over the Christmas period and flock to scenic beaches or lakes.
Summer weather in New Zealand
With average high temperatures ranging from 21 degrees Celsius (°C) to 25°C, summer in New Zealand is hot without being humid. Sunshine hours are high, and rain is not overly common in most places.
New Zealand's official summer months are December, January and February.
Weather in December
Although technically summer, December can still have spring-like weather in the North Island, with some cooler and rainy days.
Long daylight hours (the longest day of the year is on December 21) makes this month a great time to enjoy sunny evenings and Christmas festivities. Summer for Kiwis is usually a time of indulgence and celebration, with December being the peak time for family gatherings.
In Auckland, the average high temperature is 22°C and the average low is 15°C.
In Queenstown, the average high temperature is 20°C and the average low is 8°C.
Weather in January
January is peak summer in New Zealand, and with school holidays in full swing it's also the busiest time of the year to travel. This is the time when barbeques are going strong and footwear is optional.
There are only six days of rain on average, so January is a great time to make the most of the sunshine.
In Auckland, the average high temperature is 24 degrees Celsius and the average low is 16 degrees celsius. In places such as Northland and Napier, temperatures often get close to 30°C. The hottest temperatures in the country are found in the South Island, with the Christchurch region sometimes getting close to 40°C.
Queenstown is a bit cooler though, with the average high temperature in January 22°C and the average low 9°C.
Weather in February
February is one of the hottest months of the year in New Zealand, along with January. There are plenty of summer festivals and events during this month, such as Splore, that make the most of long days and balmy evenings.
Schools start again in February, so although still peak season it's not quite as busy as January.
In Auckland, the average high temperature is 24°C and the average low is 16°C.
In Queenstown, the average high temperature is 22°C and the average low is 9°C.