When to go to New Zealand
Ask 3 different people and you will get 4 different answers. The truth is, it is always a good time to visit New Zealand. But depending on what you are after some seasons might suit you better than others.
Located in the southern hemisphere in the the middle of the South Pacific, New Zealand’s weather is virtually impossible to predict. The New Zealand Summer takes place during the European winter as all seasons are swaps with the ones on the northern hemisphere. The area in New Zealand you choose to stay pretty much determines the conditions you face. While the north of the country is classified as sub-tropical climate, you will find cool breezes in the south with severe alpine conditions in the mountainous areas.
Below you will find a quick overview of the seasons and what to expect by them. Then it is up to you to decide what works best for you.
|Month||Popular Activities||Unique Seasonal Destinations||Seasonal Tips|
|Summer||Mountain biking, Outdoor Food & Wine, Surfing, Hiking, Beach Picnics, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Sailing, Swimming (with dolphines)||Malborough Sounds, Cathedral Cove, Nelson, Ahipara||Make reservations in advance, Don’t forget the sunscreen|
|Autumn||Hike Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Photography, Take the Tranz Alpine rail journey, Hiking, Fishing||Hokianga, Central Otago, Ruhapehu, Hawke’s Bay||Don’t forget your snow chains when crossing the south island alpine passes with a car|
|Winter||Skiing, Te Papa National Museum, Hot Pools, Visit an All Blacks Rugby Game||Queenstown, Tauranga, Rotorua, Ruapehu||Book your All Blacks game in advance|
|Spring||Whale watching, Tour the Milford Road, Wander on the classic New Zealand Wine trail||Okarito, Whanganui, Golden Bay, Hamilton||You may need to book in advance at some locations, Check for temporary closure of the Milford Road|