Weather, climate & seasons

From the crisp days of spring to the burnt orange beauty of autumn, New Zealand is a traveler’s paradise.

New Zealand's climate is mild, and ranges from subtropical in the north to temperate in the south. No matter the season, the majority of our main attractions are open year-round.

Spring: September - November

During spring, New Zealand bursts with new life. Colourful blooms, baby wildlife and ‘waterfall season’ makes this an inspiring time of year to visit.

Temperatures range from 4.5 - 18 degrees celsius (40 - 65F).

 

Summer: December - February

New Zealand’s many beaches and lakes are perfect to cool off during the summer months. Summer activities tend to make the most of the sun, sea and sand.

Temperatures range from 21 - 32 degrees celsius (70 - 90F).

 

Autumn/ Fall: March - May

In autumn, New Zealand enjoys some of the most settled weather of the whole year. Soak up long, sunny days and golden leaves with hiking, cycling or kayaking.

Temperatures range from 7 - 21 degrees celsius (45 - 70F).

 

Winter: June - August

The winter months brings snow blanketing soaring mountains in certain parts of the country and clear, crisp days that awaken the senses. Hit the ski slopes, visit a winery or two or head along to one of the many winter festivals.  

Temperatures range from 1.5 - 15.5 degrees celsius (35 - 60F).

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