Weather and climate in New Zealand

New Zealand's climate varies from warm subtropical in the top north to cool temperate climates in the bottom south, with alpine conditions in the mountain areas like the famous Southern Alps. It makes it quite hard to define a classic NZ climate. Typically, the South Island will be much colder than the North Island, so head to the South Island in winter for skiing and to North Island in summer for relaxing on the beach. For up-to-date weather information, METService is the most accurate weather forecast website in the country.

Average temperatures in the main cities

  City Summer Winter
  Auckland 16 - 24 °C61 - 75 °F 8 - 15 °C46 - 59 °F
  Wellington 14 - 21 °C57 - 70 °F 7 - 12 °C44 - 54 °F
  Christchurch 12 - 22 °C54 - 72 °F 3 - 13 °C37 - 55 °F
  Queenstown 9 - 22 °C48 - 72 °F 0 - 10 °C32 - 50 °F

Show tempratures in :  ° Celcius   ° Fahrenheit

New Zealand seasons

Spring Summer Autumn Winter
September
October
November
December
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August

New Zealand weather can change unexpectedly. It has been said that there are 4 seasons in one day in New Zealand! Therefore, if you're going hiking or doing other outdoor activities, dress with a few layers easy to put on and remove accordingly.

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