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New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere, this means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. Don't let cold months put you off - winters tend to be short in New Zealand, with signs of spring showing up well before winter is officially over.

Whilst the summer temperatures may not seem hot, it's deceiving, New Zealand has clean air with minimal pollution and the sun's rays are stronger. Frequent application of sunscreen is advised - sunburn times vary between 15-25 minutes in mid summer.

We recommend that you travel with some warm clothes and a raincoat in all seasons as our climate can live up to its reputation of "four seasons in one day". Warm clothes are an essential requirement when walking/tramping through native bush and National Parks.

Temperature Guide

North Island

Mean Low
Co / Fo

Mean High
Co / Fo

Spring (Sep-Nov)

7 / 45

19 / 66

Summer (Dec-Feb)

12 / 54

25 / 77

Autumn (Mar-May)

9 / 48

21 / 70

Winter (Jun-Aug)

4 / 39

16 / 61

South Island

Mean Low
Co / Fo

Mean High
Co / Fo

Spring (Sep-Nov)

5 / 41

17 / 63

Summer (Dec-Feb)

10 / 50

27 / 81

Autumn (Mar-May)

6 / 43

18 / 64

Winter (Jun-Aug)

1 / 34

12 / 54

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