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1. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 142 posts) 4y

Hi everyone, all my plans are coming togeather now. I'm going to be in New Zealand in September, just wondering if Lake Tekapo is good this time of year to start with, or if im better off going to Auckland first for the weather?

Thanks

2. Posted by Haylee1234 (Budding Member 19 posts) 4y

I dont think it would matter too much which order you did your trip. The closer to December you wait the warmer it will be. Ive only been to Lake Tekapo in winter for the snow boarding so im not too sure what it would be like at the time you are going.

3. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 142 posts) 4y

thanks for your reply, just trying to get an idea on where to start

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4429 posts) 4y

I've never been in Lake Tekapo in September. You might still catch a bit of snow (gorgeous!), or for all I know it could be just cold and rainy and miserable (inconceivable!) - I thought before that the lupins might already be blooming that early in spring, but the intertubes claim they don't really do until November.
If you can go to Lake Tekapo again in May or July/August 2011 to catch the real beauty of winter, I'd head to Auckland first this September, and then go see Lake Tekapo in late spring / full summer. If you can't, then personally I'd follow the hope of snow and go there right away.

5. Posted by Kelvin Ang (Budding Member 43 posts) 4y

Quoting Sander

I've never been in Lake Tekapo in September. You might still catch a bit of snow (gorgeous!), or for all I know it could be just cold and rainy and miserable (inconceivable!) - I thought before that the lupins might already be blooming that early in spring, but the intertubes claim they don't really do until November.

Hahaha Sander I think you're right with the cold and rainy and miserable bit for Lake Tekapo in Spring The flowers don't bloom until late Spring. I thought they do in early Spring and didn't think to check the intertubes and found that out "first hand". To make things worse, Pepe's was closed! That was the only Tekapo trip I've made with no Carbonara pizza. It was a disaster

6. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 142 posts) 4y

Yup I think Auckland is the best place to go first, I can do to Tekapo later in the year. I want sunshine, not snow and rain.

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 4y

Quoting jasonh2015

Yup I think Auckland is the best place to go first, I can do to Tekapo later in the year. I want sunshine, not snow and rain.

Auckland won't be particularly warm in September but it will be starting to improve by then. To give you a rough idea, here are some stats on the average temperatures in Auckland.

8. Posted by razzaefc (Budding Member 106 posts) 4y

i will be there june july, think i have picked the two worst two months for rain haha, and im hoping my mate will come and visit for a month.may be the weather will change his mind,
will i get to see a glacier at that time of year, sorry if thats a stupid question

9. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3606 posts) 4y

Quoting razzaefc

will i get to see a glacier at that time of year, sorry if thats a stupid question

Yes, the glaciers are there all the time. It's actually a nice time to travel around New Zealand as it's less crowded so you don't have to book all your accommodation ahead, and prices can be lower. Just make sure you take waterproofs and warm clothing.