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New Zealand Climate

Since agriculture and farming are key industries in New Zealand, the climate and weather are main concerns within the country. The temperatures in the country are mild, rainfall is moderate, and the sun shines more often than not throughout the nation. The two major geographical features in New Zealand are the sea and mountains.

Because New Zealand is not endowed with a wide range in temperature, it lacks the extreme changes in temperature experienced in most countries that have continental climates. And yet, the climate in New Zealand can change without warning.


There have been instances wherein tropical cyclones or cold fronts suddenly blow in. This is why travelers are advised to prepare for sudden weather changes, especially when hiking or embarking on any other activities outdoors.

The spring months in the country last from September to November. Summer months are from December to February. Autumn months are from March to May and Winters are from June to August.

Climate New Zealand

The climate in New Zealand is mostly temperate. Although the far north enjoys subtropical weather in the summer months, and the South Island’s mainland, alpine areas can have temperatures dropping to as low as -10 C during winter, a large percentage of the country is located near the coast, an therefore enjoys temperatures that are mild, rainfall that is moderate, and lots and lots of sunshine.

The temperature in the southern part of New Zealand is lower because the country is located in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, New Zealand’s northern part is subtropical while the southern part is temperate. New Zealand’s warmest months are from December to February, and the coldest months are from June to August. Summer temperatures have a maximum of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius. Winter temperatures are from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius.

High temperatures and lots of sunshine occur during New Zealand's months of summer from December to February. During this time, days are long and full of sunshine, nights are cool and mild. Outdoor activities such as trekking in the bush are excellent to get into during this time of the year. The country’s gorgeous and beautiful beaches are great for sunbathing, swimming, boating, surfing, and any other water sports.


Even though the native flora of New Zealand is evergreen, many deciduous trees have been introduced into the country. Autumn in New Zealand is very colorful with the trees’ changing leaves found in areas known for their fall splendor such as Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago.

Snow-capped mountains which are ideal for skiing and scenic vistas are characteristic of winters in New Zealand which are from June to August. Temperatures are colder in most parts of the country and the North Island regions experience more rain.
There are cooler temperatures in the South Island and some parts of the island have little rainfall during winter. This situation poses an excellent opportunity to go visit mountains, glaciers, and other places for sightseeing. Blossom festivals are celebrated in both Central Otago’s Alexandra and Hawke’s Bay’s Hastings. For white water rafting enthusiasts, spring season is the period when melting snow raises river water levels.



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