New Zealand is a fantastic destination in any season, from the hot days of summer enjoyed at the beach, to the depths of winter when the ski fields spring to life and whales cruise the coast off Kaikoura. The peak travel season is summer, December to February. For travel during this time, it is recommended that accommodation, transport, flights and activties are booked well in advance.
Spring and Autumn are excellent times to visit if you want the flexibility offered by fewer crowds. Spring (September-November) bursts with new life, from flourishing gardens and frolicking lambs, to gushing waterfalls. Autumn (April to May) brings settled weather and vibrant natural landscapes.
September - November Average daytime temperature: 16 - 19˚C (61 - 66˚F)
December - February Average daytime temperature: 20 - 25˚C (68 - 77˚F)
March - May Average daytime temperature: 17 - 21˚C (62 - 70˚F)
June - August Average daytime temperature: 12 - 16˚C (53 - 61˚F)
Getting around New Zealand is easy and relatively inexpensive, thanks to a well-developed transport network. Your choice of transport will depend on how quickly you want to get from A to B.
Rent a car or motorhome on one of our recommended trips, or take a bus or coach if you want to let someone else do the driving.
For travel between New Zealand's islands, hop on a plane or ferry. Daily flights are available between domestic airports. Several passenger and vehicle ferries offer services between the North, South and other islands.
Bus travel and coach transport is ideal if you prefer to make your way around New Zealand without the hassle of self-driving.Find out more
A home on the road gives you the freedom to take each day as it comes.Find out more
Self-drive is a popular way to explore New Zealand. Roads are well-maintained and signposted, and spectacular scenery awaits around every corner.Find out more
New Zealand rail travel is an exercise in relaxation. The main reason to choose a train journey? Spectacular scenery you simply can't see from the road.Find out more
Buses are the main form of public transport in New Zealand, with some areas also offering trains, ferries and trams.Find out more
Opportunities for water travel are almost everywhere in New Zealand. Ferries and water taxis can get you from A to B, or simply take you on a joy ride.Find out more
Flying to New Zealand has never been easier, with more one stop services than ever before. Auckland and Christchurch are the two main international gateways, but there are also international airports located in Wellington and Queenstown.
Whether you have a few days, a few weeks or a month, we have plenty of itinerary ideas to help you plan your trip around New Zealand. Check out these adventures and itineraries.
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