Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly. Be prepared and understand what you can expect from different seasons below.

While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.

The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.

Learn more about New Zealand's seasons below.

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Regional Temperatures

Climate data from NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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Local Weather

Spring: September - November

Temperatures range between 16-18 degrees Celsius in spring, and you can expect less crowds, colourful blooms and baby wildlife.  Also known as 'waterfall season', you may experience a rainy day or two but New Zealand's average rainfall is evenly spread throughout the year.

Over the northern and central areas of New Zealand more rain falls in winter, whereas for much of the southern part of New Zealand, winter is the season of least rainfall. Learn more about spring in New Zealand.

Summer: December - February

A popular time of year to visit, New Zealand summer temperatures range from 21 - 32 degrees Celsius. Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas - Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay and Nelson/Marlborough - receiving over 2,350 hours.

As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. New Zealand experiences relatively little air pollution compared to many other countries, which makes the UV rays in our sunlight very strong.

The sunlight here can quickly burn skin from September to April, especially between 10am and 4pm, even on cloudy days. Be 'SunSmart' by using these three simple steps when you go outdoors:

  1. Stay in the shade whenever possible.
  2. Wear a shirt, hat and sunglasses.
  3. Use SPF 30+ sunscreen. Reapply every 2 hours.

Learn more about summer in New Zealand.

Autumn: March - May

In autumn, New Zealand enjoys some of the most settled weather of the whole year with temperatures ranging from 7 - 21 degrees Celsius. Soak up long, sunny days hiking, cycling or kayaking without the summer crowds.

As exotic trees turn autumnal shades of gold orange and red - especially in the Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago regions - it's still warm enough to swim in the ocean during March and April. 

Learn more about autumn in New Zealand.

Winter: June - August

The North Island remains mild in winter, with temperatures averaging 12-16 degrees, while on the South Island you can expect cooler, crisp days that awaken the senses. 

Snow typically appears at higher altitudes during the months of June through October, though cold snaps can occur outside these months. Most snow in New Zealand falls in the mountainous areas, like the Central Plateau in the north, and the Southern Alps in the south. It also falls heavily in inland Canterbury and Otago

Visit a winery, hit the slopes or soak in a hot pool. Learn more about winter in New Zealand.

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