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Best time to visit the south island, NZ???

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1. Posted by annavict82 (Budding Member 47 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi ;)

I am off to NZ in April, and want to know how other people have found it at this time of year weather wise? In particular the South Island, does it rain a lot at this time of year? I am wondering if - for this trip- should I stick to the North where the weather is better?

All comments greatly appreciated!!!

2. Posted by corinne244 (Budding Member 54 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, i am off to NZ in May and have been told that it will be cold but not as bad as English winter. The south Island is wet on the west coast most of the year and apparentaly you souldn't miss the south island. More people prefer the south to the north!
So April shouldn't be too bad and I say go to south island!!!

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I varies wildly - the first April I was in New Zealand, it rained about 50% of the time (but was beautiful that other half of the time). The second time I was there for a week, and had gorgeous weather every single day, including at Mt. Cook and at the glaciers. (First time I saw blue skies at either, despite three previous visits. Go figure.)

The thing with New Zealand is, though - even when it's raining, or snowing, or being absolutely miserable - the country remains stunningly gorgeous. And bad weather is as likely to hit the North Island as the South Island, while the South Island in April has the benefit of the south being absolutely splendidly decked out in autumn colours. So I'd highly recommend trying the south. No guarantees that the weather gods will be with you - but it's worth a gamble (just allow some extra time everywhere, that one bad weather day won't ruin a location for you).