The best times to visit Invercargill for ideal weather are

December 24th to February 25th

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



Other Invercargill Travel Info

Weather in Invercargill


Average temperatures in Invercargill vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 6th 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 Invercargill, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 68°F (20°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47.5°F (8.6°C) at night.

Invercargill Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Invercargill Temperatures (Celsius)


“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.

Invercargill Perceived Temperature (F)


Invercargill Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Invercargill 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 66.4 57.4 47.9
Feb 65.5 56.7 47.2
Mar 64.2 54.9 45.1
Apr 59.6 51 41.8
May 54.9 47.2 38.4
Jun 50 42.7 34.9
Jul 49.7 42 34.1
Aug 52.5 44.3 35.4
Sep 55.6 47.2 37.8
Oct 57.6 49.4 40.4
Nov 60.8 52.1 43.1
Dec 65.4 56.2 46.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 19.1 14.1 8.8
Feb 18.6 13.7 8.4
Mar 17.9 12.7 7.3
Apr 15.3 10.6 5.4
May 12.7 8.4 3.6
Jun 10 5.9 1.6
Jul 9.8 5.6 1.2
Aug 11.4 6.8 1.9
Sep 13.1 8.4 3.2
Oct 14.2 9.7 4.7
Nov 16 11.2 6.2
Dec 18.6 13.4 7.9



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Invercargill are February, April, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid October with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

When can you find snow in Invercargill? 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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 30% 0 4
Feb 24% 0 2.6
Mar 27% 0 3.5
Apr 24% 0 3
May 32% 0 4.1
Jun 33% 0 3.6
Jul 31% 0 3.3
Aug 28% 0 2.8
Sep 33% 0 3.7
Oct 38% 0 4.5
Nov 32% 0 3.7
Dec 25% 0 3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 30 0 10.2
Feb 24 0 6.6
Mar 27 0 8.9
Apr 24 0 7.6
May 32 0 10.4
Jun 33 0 9.1
Jul 31 0 8.4
Aug 28 0 7.1
Sep 33 0 9.4
Oct 38 0 11.4
Nov 32 0 9.4
Dec 25 0 7.6


Humidity and Wind

Invercargill has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is December (69.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (82.2%).

Wind in Invercargill is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by November and January. October’s average wind speed of around 11.7 knots (13.5 MPH or 21.7 KPH) is considered “a moderate 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 20.7 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


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

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

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 10.4 Gentle breeze 18.2 Strong breeze
Feb 8.7 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Mar 8.7 Gentle breeze 15 Strong breeze
Apr 8.2 Gentle breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
May 8 Gentle breeze 13.8 Strong breeze
Jun 8.3 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Jul 7.3 Gentle breeze 11.8 Strong breeze
Aug 7.3 Gentle breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Sep 9.1 Gentle breeze 15.6 Strong breeze
Oct 11.7 Significant breeze 19.3 Strong breeze
Nov 11 Significant breeze 18.6 Strong breeze
Dec 9.8 Gentle breeze 16.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 70.1%
Feb 73.8%
Mar 74.9%
Apr 76.6%
May 79.8%
Jun 82.2%
Jul 80.8%
Aug 78.9%
Sep 72.9%
Oct 70.4%
Nov 70.6%
Dec 69.2%


Is it Safe to Travel to Invercargill?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Sep 30, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Invercargill, 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 Invercargill 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

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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. 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 Invercargill Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 65.1°F (18.4°C) and 52.9°F (11.6°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 10 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 moderate precipitation with 9 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Invercargill, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 63.7°F (17.6°C) and 54.2°F (12.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 10 to 12 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 Invercargill to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 68°F (20°C) and 63.2°F (17.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 7 to 9 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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