Tips for visiting New Zealand in April
Here are some helpful tips to make travelling in New Zealand in April all the easier.
- April is an unpredictable month to visit New Zealand in terms of the weather. Make sure you’re prepared with warm clothing, lighter clothing and wet weather gear
- Wear high-factor sunscreen. Even in April, the UV rays are pretty intense in New Zealand so don’t get caught out!
- As April is a quieter tourist season in New Zealand, you don’t need to worry too much about booking your accommodation, transport or activities way too far in advance. It’s a good time to travel more spontaneously
- On a similar note, be aware that New Zealand school holidays fall in April so some areas where parents take their children might be busy
- While April is usually a great time to explore the less crowded hiking trails, make sure you read track reports on the Department of Conservation website before you set off, just in case some bad weather has damaged the tracks.
For more tips, just check out these 10 Essential New Zealand Travel Tips.
Typical Temperatures in April
With mild temperatures, April is considered a favourable time to visit New Zealand outside of the busy tourist seasons. Nevertheless, you should still be prepared with some warm clothing for times when the temperatures can reach as low as -1C on some nights in the South Island. Some sunny days can be as high as 21C even in April. Because regions of New Zealand experience slightly different climates, here are some average temperatures for New Zealand in April.Northern New Zealand (Northland, Auckland and Tauranga) 15C / 59FCentral North Island (Hamilton, Taupo and Rotorua) 13C / 55FSouth-West North Island (New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Wellington) 14C / 57FEastern North Island (Gisborne, Napier and Wairarapa) 12C / 54FNorthern South Island (Blenheim and Nelson) 14C / 57FWestern South Island (Westport, Hokitika and Milford Sound) 11-13C / 52-55FEastern South Island (Kaikoura, Christchurch and Timaru) 13C / 55FInland South Island (Lake Tekapo, Queenstown and Alexandra) 9-12C / 48-54FSouthern New Zealand (Dunedin and Invercargill) 12C / 54F
Other weather patterns in April
The autumn colours are at their best during April. April is also a popular month for hiking on uncrowded trails while the country experiences plenty of crisp sunny days. However, like any month of the year in New Zealand, be prepared for rain by packing a rainjacket and other waterproof hiking gear.
Rainfall in April
As some regions have a wetter climate than others, here’s a list of the average rainfall in April throughout New Zealand.Northern New Zealand (Northland, Auckland and Tauranga) 130mmCentral North Island (Hamilton, Taupo and Rotorua) 70mmSouth-West North Island (New Plymouth, Palmerston North and Wellington) 100mmEastern North Island (Gisborne, Napier and Wairarapa) 70mmNorthern South Island (Blenheim and Nelson) 60mmWestern South Island (Westport, Hokitika and Milford Sound) 250-600mmEastern South Island (Kaikoura, Christchurch and Timaru) 50mmInland South Island (Lake Tekapo, Queenstown and Alexandra) 50mmSouthern New Zealand (Dunedin and Invercargill) 60mm
Best Places to visit in April
Here are some destinations to add to your New Zealand itinerary when travelling in April!Wanaka – the shores of Lake Wanaka are lined with trees rich in autumn colours during this time of the year. It’s the perfect photo opportunity!Gisborne – wine tasting, surfing and the Eastwoodhill Arboretum are all worth doing in Gisborne during April. See the array of autumn colours at Eastwoodhill, which holds the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees in the Southern Hemisphere.Marlborough – hire a bike and do a vineyard and winery crawl of New Zealand’s largest wine region. The region looks amazing at this time of year. Plus, nothing warms you up quite like a good glass of wine.Milford Sound – see one of New Zealand’s busiest tourist attractions during one of its quietest times. Rain or shine, Milford Sound always looks breathtaking.Taranaki – Hike inside the forests of the Egmont National Park, circumvent the volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki and relax in the artsy city of New Plymouth. Taranaki is well worth getting off the beaten track for.For April events to add to your itinerary, check out our guide to New Zealand in April.
April Packing list
Make sure you add these essentials to your packing list when visiting New Zealand in April!
- Warm mid-layers
- Thermal underlayers
- Light summer top (for those warmer days)
- Waterproof hiking shoes
- High factor sunscreen (even in April the New Zealand sun can be pretty intense)
For more things to pack, see our 15 Essentials to Pack for New Zealand.