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Best Time of Year to Travel to New Zealand


New Zealand is a spectacular country with endless travel opportunities for visitors. While there is certainly no wrong time to plan your trip to this fascinating destination, weather and tourism congestion make some seasons more ideal for vacationing than others. Even though the weather in New Zealand never fluctuates too drastically, you should consider which months will allow you to check the most items off your bucket list. Are you looking to avoid peak tourism seasons all together? The domestic holiday for New Zealand locals lies around December and January. During these summer months, beaches become more crowded and hotel prices tend to rise as well.

Because New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere, you will notice that their seasons are opposite of those in North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa and South America. This means that while it’s your summer in North America or Europe, New Zealand is experiencing winter.

Choosing the Best Month to Visit New Zealand

To plan the perfect trip to New Zealand, you will want to first consider the different activities or regions of the country you will want to explore. If you are looking to add some snowy adventures to your trip, then you will want to choose a different time frame than someone who wants to lay out at the beach all week long. For those of you who want a good mix of activities, February and March are some of the best months to plan your trip to New Zealand. During these months, the weather is still enjoyable and beaches become less crowded. In February and March, you can expect the weather to reach an average of about 25°C or 77°F on the Bay of Islands.

Maximize Your Travel Time in New Zealand

Are you looking to maximize your days spent in New Zealand? For additional daylight, we recommend visiting the following areas during February or March:
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Hawke's Bay
  • Nelson
  • Marlborough
These are some of the country’s sunniest destinations. During summer months, daylight can last all the way until 9:30 pm! If like most travelers, you have a lot of activities on your list, extra daylight can help you make it all possible. Are you ready to start booking your dream vacation? Speak with one of our professional staff members online today to begin booking your New Zealand vacation.

New Zealand’s Weather and Climate

While there are some regional variations in New Zealand’s weather, overall the climate is doesn’t reach extreme hot or cold temperatures. Due to the high rainfall at this destination, it’s always best to come prepared for some extra showers no matter which time of year you plan your travels for. Remember that because New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere, their seasons may occur in different months than you are used to back home! Learn more about the seasonal weather patterns in New Zealand here »

Fall / Autumn (March – May)

In New Zealand, fall covers March, April, and May. You will find fall temperatures to be relatively warm during these months, typically reaching high 60s (about 20°C). One advantage to booking your travels during this time frame is that tourism begins to slow down and you should find accommodations to be more available and affordable.

Winter (June – August)

During June, July, and August, colder weather reaches much of the country. If you are looking to add some snowy activities to your trip, then this is an ideal time frame to your visits. Mountain ranges on both islands become snow-covered during the winter months – making for excellent skiing conditions! The average temperature during the winter months tends to be in the high 50s (about 14°C). If you are searching for areas of New Zealand with the most snowfall, you will want to direct your travels to inland Canterbury and Otago.

Spring (September – November)

New Zealand’s spring occurs during September, October, and November. During this time frame, the winter snow begins to melt and tress begin to blossom. If you're looking to add a white water rafting adventure to your itinerary, this is the time to go! The melting snow makes for powerful river rapids during this time of year.  You can plan on the temperature outside to range in the low to mid-60s (about 17°C).

Summer (December – February)

December, January, and February mark summer time for New Zealand natives and you can expect beaches to be more crowded during this season.  If you are looking for a trip with higher temperatures and sunshine, we suggest booking for this time frame far in advance. Summer is an excellent time for a variety of outdoor activities, considering the weather averages in the mid-70s (about 23°C).

Planning Your Trip to New Zealand

Planning a trip to this scenic spot in the near future? Our number one goal is to ensure your travel is always one for the scrapbooks. Through our peerless travel network and years of experience, we can provide all that is needed for the perfect New Zealand adventure. As the second largest independently owned travel management service in the Mid-Atlantic, we have the tools to help you book your dream get away. Contact a WorldTravelService® agent today to learn more! To speak directly with our Australia and New Zealand travel agent, please call:  Stephanie Petros by dialing, 800-676-3796 Press 1, then Press 7, Ext 1070

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