The best times to visit Mount Cook for ideal weather are
December 3rd to April 1st
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Mount Cook Travel Guide
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Weather in Mount Cook
Average temperatures in Mount Cook vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 24th 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 Mount Cook, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January and early February where highs are regularly around 66.6°F (19.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 51.2°F (10.7°C) at night.
Mount Cook Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Mount Cook Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Mount Cook Perceived Temperature (F)
Mount Cook Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Mount Cook 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Mount Cook are February, November, and then March. 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 4 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.
When can you find snow in Mount Cook? 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 Mount Cook.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Mount Cook (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Mount Cook has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is July (71% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (82.5%).
Wind in Mount Cook is usually calm. The windiest month is October, followed by July and June. October’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.4 MPH or 11.9 KPH) is considered “a light 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 14 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Mount Cook.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||4.7||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||3.9||Barely noticeable||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||4.6||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5||Light breeze||10.5||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.6||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||6.2||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Jul||6.4||Light breeze||11.1||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.4||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.9||Light breeze||11.9||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||6.5||Light breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Nov||5.7||Light breeze||12.3||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.2||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Mount Cook?
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 Mount Cook, 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 Mount Cook 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
Overall Mount Cook Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 65.2°F (18.4°C) and 55.6°F (13.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 10 to 13 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 11 to 12 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Mount Cook, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 61.2°F (16.2°C) and 55.3°F (12.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 10 to 15 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 Mount Cook to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 66.6°F (19.2°C) and 63°F (17.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 8 to 12 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.