I'm very seriously considering spending a month in NZ (North Island, probably Auckland/Northland) in July. I'm looking for an experience with a more relaxed/chilled out vibe and a moderate tourist scene. I'm just seeking out some advice about whether NZ is an appropriate destination...
- I know this is winter in NZ, but are there areas that are "better", weather-wise? I am from Canada, so 10-15 degrees celsius is fairly pleasant
- Also, since it is winter, does that mean there won't be much of a "traveller's scene"? I'm happy with missing the very hectic busy tourist months, but still would like to have some sort of touristy night-life scene going on...
- Any tips on specifically where to go in NZ if I am looking for a beachy, chilled out atmosphere with a decent night-life? (I plan on landing in Auckland, staying there for a bit, and making my way up north, I hear Paihia is awesome)
VERY SORRY for the long-winded nature of the post, but any information would be MUCH appreciated. THANKS!
I'm from NZ. The weather conditions are quite miserable during winter. It gets very cold in most parts and is overcast and raining most of the time. The average day temperature is 10 degrees and it drops down to low tens at night. However the top of the North Island is warmer on average....(not much to do there but look) The night life is in Wellington and Auckland if you can call It that. Skiing is great at Mount Ruapahu central north Island if you are interested and Christchurch's canterbury alpine area is really beautiful area in the South Island. However if you are not overly into winter sports the activities in the winter season are not as good as in the summer months when the country comes more to life. But in saying that if you can 'handle the jandle' go for it and have a great time because New Zealand is still a very beautiful place. Make sure you go and see the Kiwi's!
Thanks for the help!
I guess what I really mean to be asking about is what the backpacker/traveler scene is like in Auckland/Northland in NZ's winter months. Specifically Paihia/Bay of Islands. I'm curious if this is a popular time of year for travelers, given the fact that it is the country's winter months.
Any information about what to expect in July/August in Northern NZ would be greatly appreciated!
I went to Paihia in summer so can't be too accurate about winter there, but I'd describe it as nice rather than 'awesome'! Two weeks was too long and we were itching to move on. It will probably be one of the warmer parts of the country, but don't be looking for a 'beachy' experience in NZ in winter!
Waitangi was definitely worth the visit to get you into the Maori history.
Otherwise, you'll find much more life in Auckland and Wellington.
If you go to new zealand. Dont forget Queenstown. Its the best city in NZ. Its located in the south island, and you can do the best redical sports there, like bungy jumping and skydiving. And there is also a couple of places to go out.
Enjoy your trip
July is certainly cold and wet in most parts of the country. Northland is mild by our standards in winter, temps in the low teens C during the day. I did a short tour last winter and it was ok, overcast most days but not too much rain. Some parts of NZ are in fact best in winter, in particular the West Coast of the South Island, which in my opinion is the most interesting, scenic part of the country. It is driest in the winter months so well worth a visit. Almost no tourists to be found here during winter so you'll get a real taste of NZ without any crowds at all. Not wanting to be unkind to Auckland but it is hardly New Zealand. A bit like going to the USA and only seeing LA. Worth a visit by all means but get out and see the real NZ as well.
Queenstown rocks in winter, a typical ski resort town so busy, but very beautiful. Down south temps rarely get into the teens in winter and are often below freezing at night.
Have just been reading your comments. I am thinking of going to NZ in July also and don't mind the wintry weather (from Scotland so used to it). I would only have 3/4 weeks and would love to see the South Island. I was thinking of not bothering with the North Island at all, would this be a mistake? And also, where are the volcanic pools of bubbling mud located (I'm aware that's probably not there official name) and are they worth seeing?