The best times to visit Christchurch for ideal weather are

December 3rd to March 11th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Weather in Christchurch

Temperature

Average temperatures in Christchurch vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 41st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Christchurch, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early January where highs are regularly around 75.2°F (24°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 50.8°F (10.4°C) at night.

Christchurch Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Christchurch Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Christchurch Perceived Temperature (F)

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Christchurch Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Christchurch Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 73.3 61.9 50.8
Feb 71.3 60.7 50.8
Mar 69.2 58.3 47.4
Apr 63.8 53.4 42.5
May 58.4 48.4 37.7
Jun 52.9 43.4 33
Jul 52.2 42.8 32.5
Aug 54.5 45.4 35.2
Sep 58.8 48.5 36.6
Oct 62.9 51.7 39.1
Nov 66.7 55.7 44
Dec 70.9 60.1 49.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 22.9 16.6 10.4
Feb 21.8 15.9 10.4
Mar 20.7 14.6 8.6
Apr 17.7 11.9 5.8
May 14.7 9.1 3.2
Jun 11.6 6.3 0.6
Jul 11.2 6 0.3
Aug 12.5 7.4 1.8
Sep 14.9 9.2 2.6
Oct 17.2 10.9 3.9
Nov 19.3 13.2 6.7
Dec 21.6 15.6 9.8


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Christchurch are February, March, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late March. For example, on the week of March 26th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.

When can you find snow in Christchurch? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Christchurch.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Christchurch (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 11% 0 1.2
Feb 10% 0 1.5
Mar 11% 0 1.7
Apr 14% 0 2.2
May 17% 0 2.5
Jun 22% 0 3.2
Jul 14% 0 2.3
Aug 15% 0 2.4
Sep 13% 0 1.4
Oct 12% 0 1.9
Nov 12% 0 1.3
Dec 17% 0 1.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 11 0 3
Feb 10 0 3.8
Mar 11 0 4.3
Apr 14 0 5.6
May 17 0 6.4
Jun 22 0 8.1
Jul 14 0 5.8
Aug 15 0 6.1
Sep 13 0 3.6
Oct 12 0 4.8
Nov 12 0 3.3
Dec 17 0 4.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Christchurch has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is January (61.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (78.8%).

Wind in Christchurch is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 9.3 knots (10.7 MPH or 17.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 17 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Christchurch.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 9.3 Gentle breeze 15.9 Significant breeze
Feb 8.7 Gentle breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
Mar 8 Gentle breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Apr 6.7 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
May 6.6 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Jun 6.1 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
Aug 6.8 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Sep 7.6 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Oct 8.6 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Nov 9 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Dec 9.1 Gentle breeze 15.6 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 61.6%
Feb 68%
Mar 69.4%
Apr 73.2%
May 75.2%
Jun 78.8%
Jul 76.5%
Aug 76.7%
Sep 68.5%
Oct 63.6%
Nov 62.2%
Dec 64.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Christchurch?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 there are no travel advisories or warnings for New Zealand; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Christchurch, New Zealand is March, followed by July and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Christchurch in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56.6 in November means 56.6% of the tourists vs. March.


Overall Christchurch Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70.4°F (21.3°C) and 56.3°F (13.5°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see the most precipitation with 4 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Christchurch, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 71.2°F (21.8°C) and 57.2°F (14°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: approximately 4 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Christchurch to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 75.2°F (24°C) and 68.6°F (20.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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