Im going to be Oz and Nz from late June-early Aug. Ive been told that the weather can be so cold, some places get blocked off because of the snow Is this true? We would prefer not to take too many warm clothes as they are heavier and most of the countries we will be visiting will be very hot, we are also on quite a tight budget and would prefer not to have too buy any clothes out there! Any suggestions?!
This is true for the passes through the mountains on the Southern Island in New Zealand (Haast Pass, Lindis Pass, Burkes Pass, Arthur's Pass). Doesn't happen all the time, but still often enough to be "common".
Generally speaking you should expect temperatures below freezing anywhere in the Southern Alps, and in Tongariro National Park (on the North Island), especially at night (weather during the day can be sunny with temps ten degrees above, or snowstorms, and change from one to the other within an hour). Do NOT go into the mountains unprepared for bad weather; a storm can (and often will be) lurking right behind the nearest mountaintop.
The Southern Alps are absolutely lovely during this time of year though, all covered with fresh snow, so I'd definitely take the hit and pack some warm clothes (although you can get away with surprisingly few, just as long as you wear many layers).
Hi There. As for the East Coast for OZ.
Depending where you go in Oz it can be cold ie - the southern states New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania for example are beginning to feel winter in June and do get snow.
However if you are aiming for the northern beaches of NSW ie, byron bay, Gold coast Brisbane, North Queensland (barrier reef islands) or Northern Territory you would probably get away with a jumper, scarf and jeans. No real need for heavy coats up there.
Hope this helps.
N & K
Here is a link to a great site where you can get weather infomration for particular parts of Australia on a monthly basis.
Basically, Tasmania and Victoria will be fairly cold, NSW not so cold (Sydney around 18 degrees in Winter), Queensland warmish in Brisbane getting to warm the further north.
June, July and August are the coldest times of the year, so don't expect sun and surf.
In Oz the only places likely to be blocked off from snow will be in the NSW & Victorian Ski areas - which, if you're on a tight budget you'll be steering well clear of. Most things to do with snow in Oz are overpriced. You'll be able to pick up a suitable jumper (sweater) or jacket at any St Vinnies 2nd hand shop (for under AU$10) - if you find yourself undergunned in the warmth department.