Seasons in New Zealand

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From crisp spring days to long golden summer evenings and cosy winter nights, New Zealand has something unique to offer in each season.

Aotearoa New Zealand's climate ranges from subtropical in the far north, to snowy in the deep south - and every season is spectacular in its own right. No matter the time of year you visit, attractions are open year-round.

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.