The best times to visit New Zealand for ideal weather are

October 1st to May 20th

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 New Zealand

Temperature

Average temperatures in New Zealand vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 53rd 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 New Zealand, 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 76.4°F (24.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.6°F (16.4°C) at night.

New Zealand Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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New Zealand 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.

New Zealand Perceived Temperature (F)

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New Zealand Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average New Zealand 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.

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Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 75 67.4 60.2
Feb 76 68.1 60.8
Mar 73.6 65.5 58
Apr 69.2 61.7 54.4
May 63.6 56.6 49.3
Jun 59.8 53.8 47.1
Jul 58.3 51.7 44.7
Aug 59.6 53.3 46.8
Sep 62 55.3 48.4
Oct 64.1 57.7 50.9
Nov 67.4 60.6 54.2
Dec 72.1 65.1 58.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 23.9 19.7 15.7
Feb 24.4 20.1 16
Mar 23.1 18.6 14.4
Apr 20.7 16.5 12.4
May 17.6 13.7 9.6
Jun 15.4 12.1 8.4
Jul 14.6 10.9 7.1
Aug 15.3 11.8 8.2
Sep 16.7 12.9 9.1
Oct 17.8 14.3 10.5
Nov 19.7 15.9 12.3
Dec 22.3 18.4 14.9

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Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in New Zealand are January, November, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late November to early December. For example, on the week of November 26th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 2nd.

When can you find snow in New Zealand? 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 New Zealand.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in New Zealand (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 13% 0 1.6
Feb 14% 0 1.8
Mar 15% 0 2.7
Apr 21% 0 3
May 29% 0 4.7
Jun 33% 0 4.6
Jul 33% 0 5
Aug 35% 0 4.4
Sep 27% 0 4.1
Oct 25% 0 2.7
Nov 14% 0 1.7
Dec 20% 0 3.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 13 0 4.1
Feb 14 0 4.6
Mar 15 0 6.9
Apr 21 0 7.6
May 29 0 11.9
Jun 33 0 11.7
Jul 33 0 12.7
Aug 35 0 11.2
Sep 27 0 10.4
Oct 25 0 6.9
Nov 14 0 4.3
Dec 20 0 8.9

 

Humidity and Wind

New Zealand has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is January (67.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (80.6%).

Wind in New Zealand is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by November and December. October’s average wind speed of around 11.3 knots (13 MPH or 20.9 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 17.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 9.5 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Feb 8.3 Gentle breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Mar 8.4 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Apr 7.9 Gentle breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
May 7.3 Gentle breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Jun 8.5 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Jul 8.3 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Aug 8.7 Gentle breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Sep 9.9 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Oct 11.3 Significant breeze 17 Strong breeze
Nov 10.3 Gentle breeze 15.3 Significant breeze
Dec 9.9 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 67.7%
Feb 68.8%
Mar 70.4%
Apr 75%
May 79.8%
Jun 80.1%
Jul 80.6%
Aug 78.7%
Sep 75.3%
Oct 71.8%
Nov 71%
Dec 71.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to New Zealand?

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 New Zealand is January, followed by February and August. 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 New Zealand in April. 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 69.2 in April means 69.2% of the tourists vs. January.


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Overall New Zealand Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 75°F (23.9°C) and 60.5°F (15.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 10 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in New Zealand, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 70.3°F (21.3°C) and 61°F (16.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in New Zealand to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 76.4°F (24.7°C) and 71°F (21.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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