Southern Hemisphere Seasons
The seasons are done a little differently Down Under. Here is our guide on what to expect from the New Zealand seasons.
- Spring (September-November)
- Summer (December-February)
- Autumn (March-May)
- Winter (June-August)
September, October, November
- Auckland and Bay of Islands: 11-19C
- Rotorua: 11-18C
- Wellington: 9-15C
- Christchurch: 7-17C
- Queenstown: 5-16C
Spring can bring anything from frosty mornings to hot sunny days. It’s best to be prepared with extra layers.For a more detailed overview of spring in New Zealand, check out:
December, January, February
- Auckland and Bay of Islands: 12-25C
- Rotorua: 12-24C
- Wellington: 13-20C
- Christchurch: 12-22C
- Queenstown: 10-22C
Have a summer Christmas and New Year!New Zealand has more than 2000 hours of sunlight a year. Marlborough, Nelson, Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty receive the most hours of sunshine. New Zealand uses daylight saving during summer so daylight can last until about 9.30pm.The rays of the sun can feel very hot but it getscolder when the sun goes in. It’s best to carry an extra layer. Remember to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen!For a more detailed overview of summer in New Zealand, check out:
March, April, May
- Auckland and Bay of Islands: 11-21C
- Rotorua: 13-20C
- Wellington: 11-17C
- Christchurch: 8-18C
- Queenstown: 6-16C
The warm sunny weather from summer can continue into autumn. It is usually comfortable to wear light clothing while carrying an extra layer.For a more detailed overview of autumn in New Zealand, check out:
June, July, August
- Auckland and Bay of Islands: 7-16C
- Rotorua: 9-15C
- Wellington: 6-12C
- Christchurch: 3-12C
- Queenstown: 1- 10C
Winter brings the most rainfall in northern and central New Zealand, whereas down south there is the least rainfall in winter. Snow tends to fall in the mountains during winter, however, it rarely reaches the lower areas where settlements tend to be.You’ll need a coat and warm layers during the winter. If you are going into the mountains, thermal layers, gloves and hat would be a fantasticidea.For a more detailed overview of winter in New Zealand, check out:
What to wear!?
Here is more of an idea for what clothes to bring toNew Zealand.
- Hot weather (November-March): sunscreen, swimwear (togs), light cotton tops, shorts, skirts, sunglasses and flip-flops (jandals).
- Cold weather (April-October): long jeans/pants, thermal layers, waterproof coat and hat.
- When doing outdoor activities: “4 seasons in a day”, people! Be prepared with extra layers, waterproof coat or umbrella, and sunscreen!
- Find out more on: What Clothes to Packto Travel in New Zealand.