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.
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.
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.
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
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.