New Zealand Weather And Climate
Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly.
While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures.
The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
That’s why I am going to travel in January and February.
The Sunshine in New Zealand
As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. New Zealand experiences relatively little air pollution compared to many other countries, which makes the UV rays in our sunlight very strong.
What About Rain?
The Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly, so does the rain. New Zealand’s average rainfall is high and evenly spread throughout the year. Over the northern and central areas of New Zealand more rain falls in winter than in summer, whereas for much of the southern part of New Zealand, winter is the season of least rainfall.
Seasons in New Zealand
Spring: September – November
During spring, New Zealand bursts with new life. Colorful blooms, baby wildlife and ‘waterfall season’ makes this an inspiring time of year to visit.
Summer: December – February
New Zealand’s many beaches and lakes are perfect to cool off during the summer months. Summer activities tend to make the most of the sun, sea and sand.
Autumn: March – May
In autumn, New Zealand enjoys some of the most settled weather of the whole year. Soak up long, sunny days and golden leaves with hiking, cycling or kayaking.
Winter: June – August
The winter months brings snow blanketing soaring mountains in certain parts of the country and clear, crisp days that awaken the senses. Hit the ski slopes, visit a winery or two or head along to one of the many winter festivals.