New Zealand has a diverse range of mountains, glaciers, fiords hills and more. There is a beautiful coastline all the way around both Island, and the scenery is stunning everywhere.
New Zealand Seasons
The seasons are somewhat different in New Zealand. One moment the sun is shining, the next moment it is snowing. This is why it’s absolutely vital to always be prepared. Of course the temperatures and weather will vary throughout the year, so here is a list of the official seasons in New Zealand.
· Spring September, October, November
· Summer December, January, February
· Autumn March, April, May
· Winter June, July, August
Weather and Rain Information
If you want to really enjoy New Zealand, you need to be flexible. Because New Zealand is made up of two large islands, the main weather influence is the Alps and the sea. The mountains tend to catch the rain on one side and while it is raining there the other side usually gets dryer weather conditions. Our suggestion is to follow the sun on your travels! You can better look into planning your trip online by looking at the weather forecast on www.metservice.co.nz. This site not only provides important weather forecasts, but also gives you weather warnings and road closers.
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 sun in New Zealand will feel much stronger than it does in Central Europe and America. This is mostly due to the amazingly clean air. Make sure that you wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen when embarking on a journey in the sun. The strongest felt sun is around 11am- 4pm.
The warmest month in New Zealand are December, January and February, with the coldest month being June, July and August. The further South you travel, the colder it will get. In the summer you can expect to get 20-30°C during the day, and in winter you will still get a good 10 – 15°C. Due to the very strong sun, the heat is often felt a lot hotter than it actually is.
Out on the water
Keeping safe when out on the water is extremely important. Keep an eye on weather and sea conditions with marineweather.co.nz
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 of to be a little flexible. So take full advantage of the Flexi-pass ferry ticket that allows you to change booking times and dates. You can purchase purchased it through us.
If you plan on taking a trip privately or commercially out on the sea, make sure you keep an eye on weather conditions with www.swellmap.co.nz.
It offers current information for boating and surfing around New Zealand. It can also be a very useful tool if you want to check out the cook straight. The Interislander Ferry crosses between Picton and Wellingon. If you are looking to swap Islands with a vehicle, we can arrange that for you by providing you with a Flexi-pass Ferry ticket which allows you to change your sailing date and time up to 2 hours before sailing.
There is so many great surfspots in New Zealand which offer perfect surfing opportunities. If you are looking for some weather information in regards to surfing, you will find this on the websites swellmap and swellnet. It is not easy to predict so it is never wrong to check several forecasts. Here you find our article about surfing in New Zealand.