Best time to go to New Zealand

Best time to visit New Zealand


TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL

Click on a location: Auckland | Milford Sound
New Zealand is mild with the west coast of South Island, Milford Sound especially, getting maximum moisture. The island’s east coast is alive with colour in spring (Sep-Nov) and autumn (Mar-May); both seasons are the best time to visit New Zealand. Jun-Aug are great for winter sports, and travelling outside peak season offers more affordable accommodation albeit with colder temps. Dec-Feb is all about orcas in Kaikoura (sperm whales and dolphins can be seen almost year-round), with Kiwis on holiday or enjoying days out at the beach.

A month by month weather guide to New Zealand


WHEN TO GO, & WHEN NOT TO

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.
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Season tips


Miles Clark, New Zealand expert at our supplier MoaTrek, shares his local knowledge:
“New Zealand is small but there is an amazing variety of scenery accessible without driving huge distances. If a traveller can budget three weeks for a tour they really have a good chance of seeing the best of NZ at a relaxed pace. Nov – March is peak season but April is also a great time to travel as there’s still good weather but less people. But do pack clothing for all weather possibilities – regardless of season.”
Photo credits: [temp topbox: Francesco] [Cross country skiing: Simon Hayton] [Advice - Rock Burn Valley: Tomas Sobek]
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