Best Time to Visit New Zealand

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit New Zealand. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Auckland, Wellington und Invercargill. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit New Zealand for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 0 °C to 24 °C
Waves Symbol 11 °C to 21 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 2.65.35 in (7 – 16 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 9.6 °C (Invercargill) and 15.1 °C (Auckland)
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Geographical location

New Zealand is located in the southern Pacific. The island state consists of a North and a South Island and more than 700 smaller islands.

The 14 miles wide Cook Strait separates the two main islands. New Zealand is 167000 square miles in total.

The Tasman Sea is a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean that separates New Zealand from Australia, which is up to 1300 miles away. Other neighbouring countries are the French New Caledonia and the South Sea islands of Fiji and Tonga.

The capital of New Zealand is Wellington in the southern part of the North Island. However, Auckland is by far the largest conurbation with around 1.5 million inhabitants.

Climate in New Zealand

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' New Zealand has two climate zones. In the north of the northern island there is a subtropical climate characterized by mild winters and relatively warm summers. In the southern part of the North Island and on the entire South Island there is a temperate climate. The further south you go, the lower the temperature. In New Zealand’s coastal areas you will find average annual temperatures of 15 °C in the north and 9 °C in the south.

The average temperature in January and February in the northern city of Auckland is 20 °C, in Wellington 16 °C and in Dunedin, which lies in the south of the South Island, 15 °C. In July, the average temperature in Auckland is 11 °C, in Wellington 8 °C and in Dunedin 6 °C. July is the coldest month.

The country experiences neither extreme heat nor severe cold with the exception of the high mountain regions. In New Zealand rainfall is relatively even throughout the year. On New Zealand’s North Island, on average, more than 0.04 in fall every year. Up to 314.96 in of rainfall per year falls on the west coast of the South Island. Snow often falls in high altitudes.

On the east side of the South Island, on the other hand, precipitation is sometimes below 29.53 in per year. Most rainfall falls from June to August. The driest months are the summer months from December to February, when the sun shines quite often.

Best Time to Visit New Zealand: Overview

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MarchMar
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AprilApr
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rather wet, but pleasant in overall
MayMay
Winteranfang
quite cold notably on the south island, a little volatile
JuneJun
Winter
quite dark, quite cold notably on the south island
JulyJul
Winter
Coldest month in New Zealand
AugustAug
Winter
very cold notably on the south island, but days getting more sunny
SeptemberSep
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getting warmer
OctoberOct
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spring taking over, noticeable warmer
NovemberNov
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DecemberDec
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When to go to New Zealand?


The best time to visit New Zealand is in the summer months between November and March. They are also the high season on both islands and offer ideal conditions for active holidays and sporting activities such as rafting, swimming, diving, surfing or hiking.

Skiers prefer the winter months from June to August. In order to achieve a good compromise between suitable travel weather and a reasonable price level, we recommend the months of October and November as well as February and March. April is also recommended for a New Zealand trip with good off-season offers.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (New Zealand) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
AucklandJanuary, February, March, September, October, November, and December
WellingtonJanuary, February, March, November, and December
InvercargillJanuary, February, March, November, and December

Climate Charts New Zealand

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Auckland

Climate Chart Auckland
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Wellington

Climate Chart Wellington
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Invercargill

Climate Chart Invercargill
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables New Zealand

In the following, you will find some climate tables for New Zealand, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Auckland (New Zealand)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature23°24°23°20°17°15°14°15°16°18°20°22°
Night Temperature16°16°15°13°10°11°13°14°
Water Temperature20°21°20°19°17°16°15°14°15°15°17°18°
Precipitation (inch)2.933.23.43.663.954.584.944.393.663.163.293.6
Rainy days87811121516151312109
Hours of Sunshine776554455666
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Auckland is 15.1 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: February (19.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (10.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Auckland is 21 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
January, February, March, April, May, November, and December

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
February

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 44.75 inch on 136 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Auckland.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 7.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.5 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Wellington (New Zealand)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature20°20°19°17°14°12°11°12°13°15°17°19°
Night Temperature13°13°12°11°10°12°
Water Temperature17°17°17°16°15°13°13°12°13°13°14°16°
Precipitation (inch)3.063.033.393.874.745.175.374.93.924.363.483.68
Rainy days778912131313111299
Hours of Sunshine876543445677
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Wellington is 12.7 °C.

Warmest month: February (16.8 °C)
Coldest month: July (8.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Wellington is 17 °C. Comfortable bathing is possible at water temperatures of about 21 °C.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
January, February, and March

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 48.96 inch on 123 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Wellington.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, January is the sunniest month with an average of 7.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 5.7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Invercargill (New Zealand)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature18°18°17°15°12°10°11°13°15°16°17°
Night Temperature
Water Temperature14°15°15°14°13°12°11°11°11°11°12°14°
Precipitation (inch)3.53.113.74.093.584.212.722.62.913.393.73.5
Hours of Sunshine664332345566
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Invercargill is 9.6 °C.

Warmest month: January (13.7 °C)
Coldest month: July (4.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Invercargill is 15 °C. Bathing would be very uncomfortable.

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 41.02 inch

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: May, June, July, August, and September

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, December is the sunniest month with an average of 5.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 4.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


One of New Zealand’s most popular destinations is Milford Sound, a fjord in the Fjordland National Park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You should also visit Queenstown, Dunedin and Auckland. Fascinating landscapes await you at the Bay of Islandys and Hawke’s Bay.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Waiheke Island Food and Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland | Auckland Zoo: Entry Ticket | Auckland City Express Tour: 3-Hour Kiwi Experience | Weta Studio Tours Combo | Whale and Dolphin Watching Half-Day Eco Cruise | Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium General Admission | Waiheke Island Ferry & Explorer Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Auckland (Station Western Springs)
light rain     light rain, 12.1 °C
Clouds: 52 %       Wind: 18 mph W
Air Pressure: 1001 hPa       Humidity: 82 %
Last updated: 17th Jul 2019, 08:22 am
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light rain11 °C to 13 °Cmoderate rain11 °C to 13 °Cmoderate rain11 °C to 13 °Cmoderate rain11 °C to 12 °Csky is clear10 °C to 13 °Csky is clear11 °C to 13 °C
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Clouds: 41 %Clouds: 76 %Clouds: 32 %Clouds: 77 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %
0.1 in of rain0.32 in of rain0.43 in of rain0.23 in of rainNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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New Zealand: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 1 reviews for New Zealand holiday already. Average rating is 3 of 5 stars.
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    Renate, 50 years old was there in November

    We spent 4 weeks in November and December in New Zealand and had both hot, very sunny days and heavy rain. Maximum temperature was 32 degrees, minimum was 6 degrees.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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