The indigenous people of New
Zealand, the Maori, call their country the Land of
the Long White Cloud. This signifies that the
weather is a very important factor for New Zealand’s
people since a majority of them made their living
from the land.
The temperatures of the country
are mild with reasonably high rainfall and several
hours of sunshine all through out the majority of
the country. New Zealand weather is predominated by
2 major geographical characteristics namely the sea
The climate in New Zealand is mostly temperate. Even as the
far north has semitropical weather in summer, and the alpine
regions of the South Island’s interior can have temperatures
as low as 10°C below zero during winter, a majority of the
country rests near the coast, and this means modest
rainfall, mild temperatures, and plentiful sunshine.
Since New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the
regular temperature goes lower as you journey south.
The average temperature of the country’s far north
is approximately 15°C, whereas the region further
south has a much cooler average of 9°C.
New Zealand’s warmest months are January and
February while the coldest is July.
The temperature range of New Zealand is not large
since it does not have the extremes temperatures one
experience in a majority of continental climates.
Nevertheless, the weather can suddenly change
without warning. Tropical cyclones and cold fronts
rapidly blow in. Therefore, you should be ready for
abrupt changes in temperature and weather if you
plan to go hiking or any other activities outdoors.
The summer months of New Zealand are from December
to February, with high temperatures and plenty of
sunshine. Days are longer than usual and bright,
nights are serene. Outdoor activities such as
trekking in the bush are great during this time of
the year. The country’s breathtaking beaches are
great for sunbathing, swimming, boating, surfing,
and water sports at this time.
The autumn months of New Zealand are from March to
May. Although temperatures are a bit colder than
summer, the climate can be superb, and swimming in
some areas up to April is possible. Although the
native flora of New Zealand is evergreen, there are
several deciduous trees which were introduced. Trees
changing leaves are a colorful sight making autumn a
picturesque pleasure, particularly in areas such as
Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago, which are famous for
their fall finery.
The winter months in New Zealand are from June to
August and bring with it colder temperatures to most
of the country, and added rain to many regions in
the North Island.
Both islands have mountain ranges covered in snow, supplying
scenic views and great skiing. Although the South Island has
lower temperatures in winter, some regions of the island
have low rainfall during winter, so it is a great time to
see the mountains, glaciers, and other regions of
The spring months of New Zealand are from September to
November, and the temperature range can be very cold or very
hot. This is the festival season for the country and bursts
of color and new life abound.