New Zealand weather, climate, & seasons

Weather in New Zealand is very changeable due to its geographical positioning and length

New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world that is protected from weather extremes. In summer temperatures hover around the mid twenties, and in winter around the mid teens in most populated areas, towns and cities.

For these reasons New Zealand is a mild and comfortable climate where you can enjoy activities all year round.

Weather in New Zealand is very changeable due to its geographical positioning and length. Within one hours drive you can often see four seasons in one day as the diverse and sudden landscape changes and temperature pockets in one town to the next peak and trough.

For the adventurous both mountains can be climbed then skied down, and then waves surfed in the warmth of the sun that very same day!

Two main geographical features dominate New Zealand climate: the mountains and the sea. Our climate is largely temperate with the far north experiencing sub-tropical weather in summer and the alpine areas of the south dropping to low temperatures in the winter.

With much of the country near the coast, it means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and lots of sunshine! The average temperature does decrease as you travel further south.

The warmest months of the year are December, January and February - our summer where the average maximum temperature is between 20-30° C and the coldest months are June, July and August where average maximum temperatures are between 10-15° C.

Most of New Zealand receives over 2000 sunshine hours a year - the sunniest areas are Northland, Waiheke Island, Hawkes Bay, Nelson and Marlborough, which receive on average about 2350 hours a year.

In the summer months with daylight savings, the day can last up until about 9.00pm and in winter a little after 5.00pm.