Christmas in New Zealand is hot and Boxing Day (26th Dec) onwards is the traditional time for Kiwi families to hit the lakes or the beaches. The busiest locations over the festive period on North Island are Northland, Coromandel Peninsula, the Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Rotorua lake districts. Nelson, Queenstown and Arrowtown on South Island also get busy, but not quite as hectic as NI.
April, June and July also feature school holidays which means more crowds and less choice of accommodation – it’s a good idea to book way in advance if travelling at this time.
December, January and February are peak season for tourists so if you’re looking for more affordable prices and more space on the hiking paths and beaches then avoid NZ around this time.
For winter sports, head to New Zealand from June through to October.