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An Essential Guide to New Zealand For Anyone Travelling Down Under

New Zealand's climate ranges from subtropical in the north to temperate in the south. Mild temperatures and moderate rainfall are considered normal in most areas throughout the country, helping give truth to our image as a lush green country. Weather patterns can be fairly un-predictable, which has in the past surprised a few unweary trampers.

We get about seven to eight hours of sunshine a day in the summer, and around four to five in winter. The most settled months are from February through to April, offering the warmest weather and least rainfall. Officially, summer is from December through February, and winter from June through August - although the difference between them is pretty mild.

Hills and mountain ranges dominate most of New Zealand's landscape, which greatly affects the weather patterns of different regions - particularly in the South Island. Generally the North Island is warmer than the South by a couple of degrees.

The South Island climate is virtually divided in two by the Southern Alps, with its eastern side generally being drier than the west. Rainfall on the east is generally around 330 mm, compared to 7500 mm annually on the west.

For those reading this in the Northern Hemisphere, remember that New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, and our seasons are opposite to what you'll be experiencing there.



Average Daily Temperatures

Max deg C

Min deg C


 

Jan

July

Jan

July

North Island

       

Kaitaia

23.9

15.4

15.6

8.5

Auckland

22.8

14.2

16.6

8.2

Rotorua

22.9

12.0

12.6

3.0

Napier

24.5

13.8

14.5

4.2

Wellington

20.3

11.2

13.4

5.9


South Island

       

Nelson

22.2

12.0

12.9

1.3

Westport

20.0

12.4

12.4

4.5

Christchurch

22.6

11.1

12.3

1.6

Queenstown

22.2

8.0

10.5

0.0

Dunedin

18.9

9.9

11.4

3.1

Invercargill

18.5

9.5

9.4

1.1