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The Weather in NZ in January/ February

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1. Posted by mikelomas8 (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Just wondered if anyone could help me. I will be in NZ in Jan/Feb and just wondered what the weather will be like because I havent got a glue what to pack!!!! The furthest south I will be going is Queenstown, but will be going places like Franz Josef as well. Cheers Mike.

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

Hi Mike

Im going to be in NZ in Jan (Queenstown being my furtherest south too) though l dont think we are doing the Glacier. Ive been told the weather should be similar to UK (summer) but to expect rain too (like the UK!!) you will need sweaters for evening and a rain proof jacket. But lm not sure of the clothing you will need for a glacier hike.

Ive also been warned to ensure high factor sun cream due to the hole in the ozone you can burn really quickly so its essential!

Hope this helps somewhat!

Heather

3. Posted by karolin155 (Budding Member 60 posts) 10y

Hey Mike!
I have been in NZ for eight months. January and February were the hottest months in that time and I have been in Wanaka (close to Queenstown) at that stage. Only the nights can be quite chilly at some time, so you will need warm clothes for those. Very important is a good waterproof jacket (it´s raining not that often but when then for a few hours) and against the strong wind at some places.
I haven´t been to the glaciers, so I don´t know what you need for them. Probably you will be fine with your rainjacket and maybe a warm sweater under it.
And like Purdy said, suncream is really important! I have worked at a vineyard for three weeks and I had to put it on every single day! Once I forgot my ears and they got quite bad...
Karo.

4. Posted by DanT1980 (Budding Member 33 posts) 10y

I was there in feb '04, and I believe it was the wettest february on record. Kind of refreshing though after months in Australia. Can get very cold at night

5. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 10y

the last 3 summers I had in NZ (2003-2006) were very unusual. It was very unstable and we also had a lot of rain. Of course not every area was the same and sometimes there are really hot and sunny days.

If u r lucky enough, u'll always be at different places and have nice weather too.

Definitely take warm stuff with u, as the South island gets much colder than the North.

U can always check the weather online on www.metservice.co.nz before u depart.

Have fun
Kathi

6. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 10y

West side of the islands are always wetter than the East side. Like the other's have said:
- Nights are always a bit chilly.
- Days are hot and you should wear sunscreen and a hat. You can get sunburnt in less than 10 mins. Use SPF 30+. You can always get the sunscreen in NZ (Cancer society ones are good).
- Raincoat or an umbrella is a must on certain parts of the island (West coast and Auckland).

Have fun. Those two months are the best and should be the hottest.