Visitors should note that New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere which means that the seasons are opposite of Europe and North America. By months, the seasons are as follows: spring (September to November), summer (December to February), fall (March to May), and winter (June to August).

Temperatures and weather in New Zealand also differs greatly from the North to the South Island, as well as in the far south of the South Island. Generally the North Island is mild all year round. In the South Island, temperatures can range from extremes of -4°F to 100°F! Auckland, in the North Island, sees lows of 45°F and highs of 75°F.

Best Time to Visit New Zealand

There is really no ‘best’ time to visit New Zealand in terms of weather. The country has generally a mild climate throughout the year and depends on what activities you’re interested in pursuing. More budget-conscious travelers may want to choose the periods between October-November and April-May, which are considered to be off-season.

For those interested in skiing, the peak season is between June and August. However, ski resorts are popular vacation destinations for locals, as well and hotels book up quickly. Rates in Ohakune, Wanaka, and Queenstown are at their highest during winter.

If hiking and the beaches are what you’re after, the summer offers the best weather and the least amount of rain between November and April. December to February is a good time to combine outdoor activities with festivals and sporting events.