Climate of New Zealand

New Zealand has two main islands known as the North and South Islands (many visitor joke about how unimaginative these names are). New Zealand is long and narrow and there is a big temperature difference between the colder south and warmer north.Summer in the far north can feel subtropical whereas in the far south temperatures can fall to 10 degrees below zero in the inland region in winter. January and February are the warmest months of the year and July is the coldest month.

Spring is from September to November, and the average daytime temperature is 16 to 19 degrees, with frequent showers and the weather can change suddenly.

Summer is December through February, and the average daytime temperature is about 20 to 25 degrees. It's the best season to visit New Zealand with February usually being the best month. In the north it can be humid but the best days have blue skies and strong sun.

Autumn is from March to May, and the average daytime temperature is 17 to 21 degrees. The temperature can be very different between morning and pay attention to what you wear! 

June to August is winter and the coldest time; the average daytime temperature is 12 to 16 degrees. Mostly it wont fall below zero over night although it will in the mountains and far south. In 1995 a record low of minus 21.6 deg was recorded. Many places can also get decent frosts.

New Zealand's climate is known as temperate being generally mild, All mountain areas will get snow in winter, in the far south this can also be right down to sea level in a cold snap. Both islands have ski fields and there are world-famous ski spots with a lot of snow on the South Island. Keen overseas skiers take advantage of our winter being summer in the northern hemisphere to come for a skiing holiday advantage.


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