Hey everyone, i'm off to New Zealand in July for a month and was just wondering what type of clothes to take. I'm not backpacking, visiting a friend and staying around Auckland. Maybe down to Wellington for a week. Are the winters over there as bad as ours or milder??
Also good to hear of cool places to visit??
Thanks guys, have fun
Well, with temperatures being between 5 to 10 at night and around 10 to 15 degrees during the day, you will need some warm clothing. Maybe the Bay of Islands sees 20 degrees now and then in winter, so try to go there if you like some relatively warmer weather.
I liked Tongariro NP, but I guess the Tongariro crossing is not possible (or advisable to say the leas) in July. Rotorua is nice to visit, but nothing special. I liked Coromandel as well.
Auckland and Wellington are both ok.
Haven't been to for example Napier and I guess Mount Taranaki with it snowed capped top is beautiful in winter especially.
Have fun! Michael
I arrived here on 02 Aug last year and it was cold, wet and windy. You will defintiely need some warm weather clothes.
I just layer my clothes and that way i can just take off what I dont need if it heats up a bit.
Auckland is a funny place weather wise. One minute it can be absolutely perfect, and ten mins later darkened with black clouds and pouring rain. So, make sure you bring things to cater for all sorts of weather. Dont worry its not that cold!
Enjoy your stay!
The north is far more unpredictable weather wise than the south, I would pack for a varying degree of tempreture and weather.
Kelly Tarletons Antarctic Experience: http://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/home/
is really good. (I was impressed and I spent a year on the ice)
Also, Bay of Islands in the Northlands. Paihia is one of my favorite places.
You can buy cheap thermal clothing when you get there. It's called polyprop(elene) and all the locals seem to use it. I was in NZ in their summer and I lived in mine. It comes in funky stripy colours if you get it from kathmandu stores. I agree with the person who said the Tongariro crossing is probably not advisable. I did it in summer and the weather even then made the hike very treacherous. If you like the idea of adventure caving, then Waitomo Caves, esp. the Lost World epic is a must. It's only 2 and 1/2 hours or so south of Auckland.
Have a great trip!
Everyone seems to be pointing you towards the North Island when all the best scenery is in the south. Come well prepared for the cold with thermals, good jacket, hat, gloves etc and you'll survive. If you have a month in NZ then you can surely spare 1 week to see the Sth Island. The West Coast of the South Island is not only one of the most stunning parts of the country but is also at its best in the Winter. Very few visitors and more importantly very little rain. Queenstown and the Central Otago region are absolutly beautiful in Winter.
Below freezing nights are very common down south but with these come very sunny mild day's (by mild I mean early teens C at best, more commonly 8 - 12 C). Ok so it rains here a fair bit and you will possibly get some snow but heck the weather is so crazy these days you can get that in summer too.
Don't discount the South Island just because it is winter, you will miss out on some of the best scenery NZ has to offer.