Weather in New Zealand

Our Geography

New Zealand can boast of having diverse geographical features. Glaciers, fiords, mountains, plains, hills and miles of coastlines. It’s all here and it’s all within reach.

New Zealand Seasons

Crowded House (a very famous band from New Zealand) once wrote a song called Four Seasons in One Day and there are some days you will experience all four seasons. The weather in New Zealand can change very quickly and unexpectedly, so for this reason you should always be prepared for changes in temperature and weather. This is especially important if you are outdoors exploring or hiking. Remember to take suitable wind- and waterproof outdoor clothing.

·         Spring              September, October, November

·         Summer          December, January, February

·         Autumn           March, April, May

·         Winter             June, July, August

Weather and Rain Information

The key to seeing New Zealand at its best is flexibility. New Zealand is an island and the two main influences on the weather are the Southern Alps and the sea. These mountain ranges often catch the rain clouds which are trying to make their way over and more often than not you’ll have the most beautiful sunshine on the other side. So our recommendation is to always chase the sun. You can plan your trip around the good weather by keeping up to date online at This site allows you to see a 5 and 10 day forecast and also has a 3 and 5 day rain forecast (under the Maps & Radars tab).  This site will also provide weather warning information, so you can plan your trip safely.

Metservice also have iPhone and Android Apps for Towns & Cities, Rural and Marine forecasts. That way, you will always have the latest forecasts at your fingertips.

Stay safe in the sun

The UV rays in our sunshine are very strong due to relatively little air pollution.  In order to avoid sunburn, make sure you are dressed appropriately, sun screened, wear a hat and sunglasses.  The highest UV rays usually occur between 11am – 4pm.


New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere.  As you travel south, the average temperature will decrease. Traditionally December, January and February are the warmest months and June, July, August are the coldest months. Maximum temperatures in the Summer average between 20 - 30°C and in Winter 10 -15°C. Please note that because of the strong UV rays the sunshine will feel way warmer than that.

Out on the water

Keeping safe when out on the water is extremely important. Keep an eye on weather and sea conditions with

By clicking on the map of New Zealand (under the boating tab) and enlarging the area, you can get up to date information of the sea conditions. Especially if you are planning on crossing the Cook Strait which is infamous for its rough waters, it can pay off to be a little flexible. So take full advantage of the Flexi-pass ferry ticket which allows you to change booking times and dates. You can purchase the ticket with us.

Surfing information

Be up to date in order to catch the best waves here! There’s even a tab for Sweet spots which will show you the best conditions in all of New Zealand!