New Zealand, the country that mesmerizes the visitors with its exemplary scenic beauty and culture definitely tops the list of traveling enthusiasts. From vast beaches to tall mountains, from lush vineyards to breathtakingly beautiful botanical gardens, New Zealand has everything in its epitome. The celebrations never stop here. You will fall in love with this wonderful country no matter when you visit it, but if you want to know what is the best time to plan your vacations here then the following guide is here to help you.
Average temperature: 22°C- 25°C
January is mid-summer and February is the last month of summer in New Zealand. January is peak tourist season because of the summer holidays but the bustle settles down in February. If you want to enjoy the lively crowds and sun then January is definitely the best time for you to visit Newzealand but if you are not too keen on braving the crowds, plan your visit in February instead.
You will get to enjoy many summer festivals like World Buskers’ Festival in Christchurch, Auckland’s Laneway Festival, the New Zealand Sevens rugby tournament, Waitangi Day ( 6 February, New Zealand’s national day) and Chinese New Year Lantern Festivals also light up many locations, most notably Auckland and Christchurch if you New Zealand in January-February. This is also the best time to enjoy the New Zealand beaches, go kayaking or simply go out some of the Great Walks.
Average temperature: 25°C-18°C
March is when autumn knocks the doors of the country. Temperatures gradually begin to cool down however some areas like the Bay of Islands and Rotorua still remain warm with temperature as high as 27°C. Nature starts displaying its hues, vineyards of Queenstown/Central Otago wine region become abundant with lush grapes. Events like Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, Christchurch’s Ellerslie Flower Show, and Hamilton’s Balloons Over Waikato also take place in March.
April is the time to relish some crisp, sunny days, bright blue skies, and chilly nights. April is the best time to visit places like the Hawke’s Bay, Central Otago, Lake Tekapo, and the wider Mackenzie Country area and enjoy the sunny days, bright blue skies and cold nights of New Zealand’s breathtaking autumn. April is the most popular month for hiking and South Island’s alpine ranges are the best place to hike. Wanaka’s Festival of Colour and the Auckland Royal Easter Show are the events you will get to enjoy in New Zealand in the month of April.
Average temperature: 11°C -13°C in the North Island, 7°C in the South Island
The winter season begins and the temperatures can dip to 6°C in the South Island, and 9°C in the North. This is the best time to enjoy adventure sports like bungee jumping, mountain biking, game bird hunting, and fishing.
Cultural events like New Zealand Music Month where local artists hit the stage also takes place in the month of May. You can also enjoy the festival spirit by attending the Auckland Writers’ Festival, the Documentary Edge Festival and the Great New Zealand Food Show in Hamilton.
Average temperature: 13°C in the North Island, 7°C in the South Island-7°C in the North Island, 6°C in the South Island
These are the coldest months of the year in New Zealand. Most of New Zealand remains covered with the white sheet of snow from July -August.
This is the best time to catch some snow, enjoy the breathtaking views of the alpine backdrops, get mesmerized by New Zealand’s all-around sublime landscapes, and visit Pancake Rocks on the South Island’s West Coast and Tongariro National Park in the North Island. Napier’s annual Art Deco Weekend, Dunedin’s Chocolate Carnival, the New Zealand International Film Festiva, Auckland Restaurant Month and Visa Wellington on a Plate are the festivals for the month of July and August.
Average temperature: 17°C
Though spring comes in full bloom in the month of September in New Zealand weather conditions are not very tourism-friendly this month because they become volatile and inconsistent. However, October is a month of mild temperatures and clear days.
The World of Wearable Art is the most distinguished event in September whereas the Diwali celebrations with wonderful cultural performances and vibrant fireworks wow the visitors in the month of October. Spring is the best month to visit Garden City (Christchurch), Auckland, Wellington, and Hamilton.
Average temperature: 17°C- 22°C
Popular travel destinations like Auckland become busier around November as the days become pleasant in the mid-spring.
December is the start of summer and Christmas is celebrated in the scorching heat in New Zealand. No snow, a bit disappointing!
Enjoy the barbecues by the beach instead. New Year’s Eve is the best-celebrated Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne: the city that sees the first sunrise of the year.
Now when you know it all, what are you waiting for! Pack your bags and get set go!