New Zealand weather is largely a temperate climate. From the deep south to the far north the temperature variation can be quite different during any season. The alpine mountains of the South Island can be as cold as a chilly -10°C during winter. A majority of inhabited areas are close to the coast of New Zealand’s rugged coastline which means mild temperatures.
As you travel from the North Island to the South Island the temperature decreases. Even though in New Zealand December signals the start of summer its not until February that the weather is at its warmest. December and January can still be predictably cold reaching max temperatures on cold summer days between 15°C-19°C. Generally between the summer month’s you can expect an average temperature between 20-30ºC.
Spring – September, October, November
Summer – December, January, February
Autumn – March, April, May
Winter – June, July, August
New Zealand weather is unpredictable and can change suddenly. Always be prepared for the worst if you are going hiking or participating in other outdoor activities.
A majority of places in New Zealand can receive over 2000 hours of sunshine a year, The sunniest places in New Zealand are:
- Bay of Plenty
- Hawke’s Bay
- Nelson Marlborough