When Should you visit?
New Zealand is the land of opposites. The seasons in New Zealand are flipped: Summer runs from December to February, Fall is March thru May, Winter is June thru August and Spring is September thru November. The weather gets cooler as you head South and warmer as you head North. January and February are the warmest months of the year and July is the coldest. Generally speaking, the best time to travel here is November thru April.
New Zealand's average rainfall is high and evenly spread throughout the year, although winter tends to be the wettest. Despite the high rainfall, most places in New Zealand receive over 2000 hours of sunshine a year.
Unlike most continental climates, New Zealand does not have a large termperature range. The termperature rarely dips below freezing and rarely sneeks into the 80's. Despite the moderate temperature range, the sun is very intense. The sunshine combined with relatively low pollution levels make for a dangerous UV index. SPF30 is mandatory attire for visitors to New Zealander , as is a big floppy hat to protect the most vulnerable parts of your face. Ignore the warning and trust me, you will get burned!Windy Welly
Wellington's meteorological trademark is wind. Wellington is located next to the Cook Strait - the corridor that runs between the North and South Islands. As a result, Wellington averages 173 days a year with wind gusts greater than 60 km/r (~37mph) and gales relatively clock in with gust of over 140km/h (~87mph). Holidays and other considerations
New Zealanders get 4 weeks of vacation and most take two of those weeks around the Christmas holiday. If you plan to come around Christmas there are two things to consider:
- Bookings go quickly. You should plan to book accomodations or activities well in advance of your holiday. In many cases, you may need 4-6 months notice.
- Many smaller restaurants, bars and shops, particularly in the suburbs may be closed at this time.