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.
New Zealand Travel Guide
Weather in New Zealand
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)
New Zealand 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.
New Zealand Perceived Temperature (F)
New Zealand Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|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 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in New Zealand.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in New Zealand (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
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.
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||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|
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
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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