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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Help me out guys we will be in Oz & NZ over Dec & Jan - l expect to take light summer clothes with me for Oz (Melbourne & Sydney) but as we travel into NZ in January - we will be travelling the lenght of North & South Island - what sort of weather should l expect? Do l just need to pack in a couple of sweaters and a light rain-proof jacket? We are not camping and are staying in budget hotels/B&Bs.

Any hints and tips would be great.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 10y

One sweater should be enough - two if you want to be on the safe side, but better to take something you can layer over your summer clothes, as the weather can change back and forth extremely fast, especially when you get to the mountains of the South Island. (Make certain you're prepared when going out hiking there, as a big storm really can be hiding right behind the next mountain top at any time, and the speed with which clouds can rush up to you is pretty scary.)
The rain-proof jacket is a must.

But mostly you should be expecting 20-25 degrees temperatures and a blue sky, or at most a light cloud cover.

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Thats cool then just like home!!

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 10y
  • grins* Pretty much yeah.

Oh, except for the sun, which will burn you to a crisp in under five minutes if you're not wearing sufficient sunscreen (and a hat!) - including straight through a white t-shirt, and even if you don't think it feels all that warm and sunny outside.
Same goes for Australia, but to a lesser degree since it's further away from the hole in the ozone layer.

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Good point Sander - don't forget the sunscream, buy some there the highest factor going (since you used to no sunlight at all;)), a hat also.
I was back hm (Dunedin last December)and i only took one light fleece, but if your intending doing lots of walking take a light rain jacket also.
Temps in NZ will range from mid 30's (Central Otago) down to late 10's (West coast/mountain areas ).

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 10y

Dont worry about me "walking" lm not into what you call energitic a nice stroll but nothing too strenuous. The furtherest South we will be is Queenstown/Milford Sound.

Jase - the sun has been shining here for 2 whole weeks y'know!!!;)

7. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Quoting Purdy

Dont worry about me "walking" lm not into what you call energitic a nice stroll but nothing too strenuous. The furtherest South we will be is Queenstown/Milford Sound.

Jase - the sun has been shining here for 2 whole weeks y'know!!!;)

Really, don't believe you

8. Posted by nattybabe (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I live in Melbourne and I just thought that I’d let you know that you can never expect anything about the weather here – at any time of the year!! Like the others said, I’d bring at least one jumper and also some long pants and closed toe shoes. A couple of years ago we had a Christmas that was only 16 degrees!! On the other hand, it can get extremely hot 40 degrees (also in Sydney), so bring heaps of sunscreen - buy it in AUS or NZ as it is actually thicker than in other countries (as I found out).

Good luck and have a great trip!!