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Need-To-Know Info About New Zealand’s Climate

By Wild Kiwi Team
on  November 27, 2017

New Zealand is renowned for its largely temperate climate. And the good news is you can travel it any time of the year. Packing for trips isn’t always particularly fun though. So, to help you tackle that task, here are a few need-to-know nuggets of info to bear in mind for your New Zealand holidays.

New Zealand's climate - What to expect and how to pack

Summer In New Zealand

New Zealand experiences its warmest temperatures between December and February. The temperature typically ranges between 20ºC and 30ºC. As most of the country lies close to the coast, temperatures are usually mild. There’s an abundance of sunshine and moderate levels of rainfall.

Keep in mind that New Zealand’s weather can often change unexpectedly. And can vary wildly depending on the terrain you’re exploring. So being prepared for a variety of scenarios will stand you in good stead for your trip.

Winter In New Zealand

New Zealand’s coldest months are June, July and August, with average temperatures sitting between 10ºC and 15ºC. Temperatures can dip as low as -10ºC in the inland alpine areas of New Zealand’s South Island. But in the vast majority of the country, a good warm cup of New Zealand coffee will be able to take care of the distinct chill you feel in the air.

Packing For New Zealand Holidays

If you’re travelling during the New Zealand summer, bringing along a light jumper or jacket is definitely a good idea for those chilly evenings. You should also expect to experience some rain and you’re guaranteed to be pleased with your past packing self if you throw in a good waterproof jacket!

Layering is key to staying warm and comfortable during a New Zealand winter. Think long-sleeved tops, jumpers, and a cosy waterproof coat. Make sure to look over your itinerary before starting to pack for your trip as temperatures do vary slightly between the North and South Islands. For example, winter temperatures in the Bay of Islands tend to hover around the 16ºC mark, whereas in Queenstown you’re looking at temperatures of around 10ºC.

Wrap up warm in New Zealand - Pack seasonally appropriate clothing

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