From crisp spring days to long golden summer evenings and cosy winter nights, New Zealand has something unique to offer in each season.
In New Zealand, seasons officially begin at the start of certain months.
Spring: September - November
During spring, New Zealand bursts with new life. Colourful flowers bloom, lambs are born and waterfalls burst with springs rains. The fresh, happy atmosphere during spring makes this an inspiring time of year to visit.
Temperatures range from 4.5 - 18 degrees celsius (40 - 65F).
Summer: December - February
Summer activities tend to make the most of the sun, sea and sand. New Zealand’s many beaches and lakes are perfect to cool off during the summer months.
Temperatures range from 21 - 32 degrees celsius (70 - 90F).
Autumn: 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 bring snow to mountain peaks around the country, and clear, crisp days. In the North Island, you might encounter more rain, while the South Island is colder but drier.
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). The further south you go, the colder you will get - temperatures are significantly lower in Queenstown than in Auckland.