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1. Posted by grayzer1 (Budding Member 28 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hi im travelling to new zealand next year in july and august. i no that will be there winter season but will the weather be bad enough to spoil the trip?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I don't think any kind of weather could spoil a trip to New Zealand - the country is always gorgeous, no matter what.
I think you should expect the average week there to be 5 days of grey and cloudy weather, with perhaps an occasional spot of rain, one day of blue skies and one day of heavy rain. (Of course, when you're on the west coast of the south island, rain is pretty much guaranteed.) *g*

The Southern Alps should be superb, all covered with fresh snow. If you catch a non-cloudy day at the glaciers, Mt. Cook or Lake Tekapo, be certain to try a helicopter flights over them.

Meanwhile the North Island, especially Auckland and up, will be closer to an English mid/late-autumn than a real winter - it's got good reason to be called "the winterless north".

3. Posted by koalabear (Full Member 121 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

NZ in winter is FAB, that is why we are heading back there in Jan, so we can go down south for the winter season, it is so beautiful there... Oh i can't wait. Both island are very different but both lovely.

Enjoy your trip

4. Posted by Dougie (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

New Zealand is a temperate climate and generally the further South you go within New Zealand the cooler the average temperature range. However it is a country where you can genuinely enjoy the best the four seasons have to offer. From skiing and hot-springs to autumn leaves and wine the New Zealand experience will fill your need for a total holiday experience. In the South Island destinations such as Queenstown and Canterbury are famous for their four seasons options.

For up to date weather conditions check out the official weather site of New Zealand at or the graphical weather snapshot provide at

June – August
As the temperature cools and the snow arrives on the mountains the Southern Alps of New Zealand show their true untainted beauty and the alpine resorts come alive. For those who love the mountains, skiing or just the apre ski scene this is a magic time of year and a chance to enjoy the pure alpine experience New Zealand has to offer. While New Zealand’s South Island receives good snow on the mountains its temperature range is relatively mild with the highs between 15 and 10 degrees and lows between 1 and –3 degrees. This enables winter holiday makers to not only enjoy skiing but also walks, golf and other activity options available in resorts such as Queenstown.

• Take a close up view of the Southern Alps while travelling in the comfort of the Tranz Alpine train. One of the most spectacular train journeys of the world.
• Take the Inland Scenic Route 72 course between Christchurch and Queenstown for amazing close up views of the mountain ranges and alpine stops.
• Sample the snow and resort experience in the Queenstown, Wanaka and Mt Hutt regions. Some of the best untouched skiing and snowboarding.

September – November
New born lambs, spring bulbs and blossom trees all signal the arrival of natures bloom and a wonderful time to visit the natural paradise of New Zealand. Take a garden tour or wildlife cruise, visit a high country station or explore the Milford Sound and Mt Cook regions. The temperature is warming up so it is also time to grab a picnic, enjoy the blossom trees and sample some of the great food and wine on offer.

• Christchurch is know as the Garden City and with flowers in full bloom and blossoms on the tree be sure to enjoy a punt down through the park on the Avon river.

December – February
The New Zealand summer offers longer sunshine hours with warm temperature. Day light saving means that the days can sometimes last until 8:00-9:00pm. It is therefore a great time of the year to enjoy the fantastic range of golf courses, dry fly fishing and trekking or bush walks. New Zealand Summers are far less humid than those experienced in Japan and provide a great opportunity to try the abundant variety of outdoor activities and attractions.

• Try the Humpback Ridge Track in Southland.
• Go Fishing in the Rakaia or Mataura Rivers
• Go on a Golf Tour to Terrace Downs or Millbrook

March – May
The changing of leaves to red and yellow with the cooler day time temperatures make Autumn a great time of the year to enjoy the beauty of the South Island and in particular central Otago and Canterbury. Take the time to enjoy the change of season by relaxing in the thermal pools of Canterbury, see the wildlife colonies of Dunedin, try some fine wines from Central Otago and sampling the famous Oysters from Southland.

• Bluff Oyster and Southland Seafood Festival is held in May.
• Wanaka, Arrowtown and Hanmer all provide a great environment to see a range of Autumn leaf colours.


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