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1. Posted by em20uk (Inactive 5 posts) 9y

Hi, I am thinking of going to NZ for a couple of months this Summer (their Winter) probably July and August.

I know it wont be warm!, but except for that is it a good time to go. I've heard it should be less busy, and also the winter sports etc will be in full swing.

Will the landscapes, lakes and mountains / scenery look lovely? Will there be good opportunity to take great photographs.

Thanks alot

2. Posted by mikescott (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

Some parts of the country are truly stunning at winter time, especially around the mountain regions (Tongariro National Park in Central North Island and The Southern Alps).

It's a good time for ice climbing and winter sports, but most tramping routes are closed and unfortunately, that is where you see the best scenery (in my humble opinion). It can also get quite wet in lower areas.

Hope this helps.

Michael

[ Edit: Edited on May 7, 2007, at 7:12 PM by mikescott ]

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting em19uk

Will the landscapes, lakes and mountains / scenery look lovely? Will there be good opportunity to take great photographs.

Yes, as Michael said, places like the Southern Alps will look absolutely gorgeous. The mountains all gloriously covered in fresh snow.
The main thing about winter is that you need to be a bit more patient for nice weather. There's more rainy days, and more periods with low hanging clouds taking away the views, making landscape photography pointless. You need to not be in any rush, and be happy to just sit around for a day or two enjoying some downtime while waiting for that to clear up. (Knowing that when the clouds start receding, you'll be rewarded for that patience with views you'd otherwise never have seen.)

Meanwhile, the weather up north (Auckland and beyond) will still often be what in Europe we'd call nice and sunny spring or autumn days.