The best times to visit Wellington for ideal weather are
November 12th to April 29th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Wellington Travel Guide
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Weather in Wellington
Average temperatures in Wellington vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half 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 Wellington, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid February where highs are regularly around 71°F (21.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.9°F (14.4°C) at night.
Wellington Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Wellington 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.
Wellington Perceived Temperature (F)
Wellington Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Wellington 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 Wellington are November, February, 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 mid to late November. For example, on the week of November 19th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.
When can you find snow in Wellington? 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 Wellington.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Wellington (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
Wellington has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is November (65.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (72.1%).
Wind in Wellington is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is October, followed by January and November. October’s average wind speed of around 15 knots (17.2 MPH or 27.7 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 early October where average top sustained speeds reach 23.4 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Wellington.
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||14.2||Significant breeze||20.6||Strong breeze|
|Feb||12.4||Significant breeze||18||Strong breeze|
|Mar||12.9||Significant breeze||18.9||Strong breeze|
|Apr||12.7||Significant breeze||18.6||Strong breeze|
|May||13||Significant breeze||19.1||Strong breeze|
|Jun||12.6||Significant breeze||19.1||Strong breeze|
|Jul||12.9||Significant breeze||18.8||Strong breeze|
|Aug||11.8||Significant breeze||17.7||Strong breeze|
|Sep||13.9||Significant breeze||20.5||Strong breeze|
|Oct||15||Significant breeze||22||Very strong breeze|
|Nov||14.2||Significant breeze||20.7||Strong breeze|
|Dec||13.5||Significant breeze||19.5||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Wellington?
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 Wellington, 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 Wellington 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 Wellington Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 69.5°F (20.8°C) and 56.8°F (13.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 8 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 8 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Wellington, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 66.7°F (19.3°C) and 56.7°F (13.7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 8 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 Wellington to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 71°F (21.7°C) and 66.8°F (19.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.