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Best Time to Visit New Zealand??

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1. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 10y


I was looking for some advice, when is the best time to travel in new zealand?

I did visit new zealand breifly in 2005 for just under three weeks, but it was cold then (in july).

Many thanks

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

I believe January and February are the warmest months. I was there in February but it still got pretty cold and wet at times

3. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 10y

ok thanks, say i was their in july 2005 and it was freezing.... (although still great !!!)

4. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

We would need to know more about what you want to do, and what part of the country you want to visit.

5. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 10y

missed out on alot of the south, so would like to visit there. e.g. dunedin and milford sound.

How do the season go there? (e.g. winter from, to etc)


6. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

You don't want to go there in the winter then, unless you like winter sports. Just remember the seasons are reversed, when it is summer in the UK, it is winter in NZ.

I would suggest going in the early spring, possibly late October or early November. Fall is also nice (March, April), but will probably be a bit wet.

I haven't traveled extensively on the South Island, but places I would recommend: for wineries, try around Laka Wanaka, Central Otago wines are nice, but a bit expensive. Don't miss Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu is stunning (take the boat ride), make the drive to Glenorchy (LOTR country). If you are driving down from Christchurch, stop at Moeraki Boulders for a couple of hours, they are fascinating. At Dunedin, for Larnarch Castle (spelling), Taeri River Gorge railway if you are into trains. Milford Sound is great, but expect rain (at any time of year). Probably the best drive on the island, IMO, is from Lake Wanaka, over Lindis Pass, taking the side detour into Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, then past Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo (stop to see the Church by the lake).

Personally, I've only managed to see a small part of the island, so I plan more trips there in the future.

7. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 10y

Hi again,

Thanks, have been to a few places you suggested, such as Lake Wanaka,Queenstown, Mt Cook National Park, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo and Christchurch. Although i was only in the country for 3 weeks on both islands, so had to rush to fit it all in.

Thats why im trying to plan another trip to New Zealand, mainly to concentrate on the areas of the south island i didnt get to see like milford sound and only managed to get south as Queenstown, before having to head north to via lake tekapo to catch a flight from Christchurch.

Planning to leave sometime between February and March next year, is this a good time? (weather wise) out of season?

Thanks Again


8. Posted by roteague (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

I think that should be a good time of year, towards the end of summer. I went once in late March and found it quite rainly and a bit on the cold side - but worth it, since the leaves will be turning color then.

9. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 10y

great thanks

10. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 10y

I was there in March 2001 and had really nice and warm weather. Even on the south islands westcoast. Only 1 day of rain near Franz Josef Glacier. Maybe I was just lucky because especially the westcoast has a lot of rainy days a year.
But even in Invercargill, southern tip, we had over 20 degrees during the day.
I think in general, also considering to avoid crowds, november or march are the best months. November is colder but sunnier and march warmer because the sea has warmed up as well...but of course more chances of heavy showers.
Enjoy! Michael.