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The best time to visit New Zealand

The best time to visit New Zealand depends on which island you are planning to visit. For South Island, the best time to travel is during the summer time between October to April. For North Island, although the summer is warmer, it is a great destination all year round.

Climate charts for cities and places within New Zealand

The below climate charts have been compiled by Weather2Travel.com. For an explanation to the various measurements, please read our climate notes.

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Auckland

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2475 2272 2068 1763 1559 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1559 1661 1559 1254 1050 846 745 846 948 1152 1254 1457
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 753 803 924 1024 1114 1305 1335 1245 1004 863 863 894
Rainy Days 11 9 12 14 17 19 19 19 18 15 14 13
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2068 1966 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1763 1966

Blenheim

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1355 1355 1355 1559 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1254 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 846 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 5 4 5 5 6 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 542 351 542 622 663 552 703 703 542 602 502 512
Rainy Days 7 7 9 9 10 10 10 11 11 12 11 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1661

Coromandel

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2272 2068 1763 1559 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1457 1457 1355 1152 846 643 541 643 846 948 1152 1355
Sunshine hours 7 7 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1466 1506 2189 1897 1948 25610 2369 24910 2008 1556 1486 1546
Rainy Days 10 11 15 14 15 17 18 18 18 15 14 12
Humidity E E VH M M L L M M H VH E
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2068 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1661 1559 1559 1661 1763 1966

Franz Josef

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1763 1355 948 745 643 745 1050 1254 1559 1763
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 745 439 134 -130 -228 -130 134 337 541 643
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 2319 1496 2249 2108 2289 2008 1988 2199 25810 26911 24310 2379
Rainy Days 15 12 15 15 16 14 16 15 17 17 16 18
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Hamilton

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2068 1763 1457 1457 1559 1661 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1355 1050 846 643 541 643 745 948 1152 1254
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 14 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 873 803 934 934 1114 1285 1305 1235 1104 1024 974 1054
Rainy Days 11 9 12 13 15 17 17 18 19 17 14 14
Humidity E VH VH M M L L M M H VH E
UV 11/E 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Kaikoura

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1864 1559 1152 846 745 846 1152 1457 1661 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 846 846 745 439 236 32 -130 32 134 337 541 745
Sunshine hours 7 7 5 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 663 542 853 843 934 894 1124 1074 783 833 703 763
Rainy Days 9 9 10 9 11 10 10 12 11 10 10 10
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1661 1457 1355 1254 1152 1152 1152 1254 1355 1457

Martinborough

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1355 1254 1355 1559 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1254 1152 948 745 541 439 541 745 846 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 4 3 3 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 482 432 683 683 873 974 1034 964 703 592 542 663
Rainy Days 11 11 14 13 17 19 19 19 18 17 15 14
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Milford Sound

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1864 1864 1661 1254 846 541 541 745 948 1254 1457 1661
Min temp (C)(F) 745 745 643 439 134 -130 -228 -130 134 236 439 643
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 2 2 2 3 4 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 28411 1968 29312 25010 25910 2219 2058 2179 27911 30212 25610 28111
Rainy Days 14 11 13 13 15 13 14 12 15 17 14 15
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1661 1661 1559 1457 1355 1254 1254 1254 1254 1355 1457

Napier

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2068 1763 1457 1457 1457 1661 1966 2170 2373
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 846 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 7 6 6 5 4 4 5 6 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 472 582 793 683 653 924 863 803 643 492 452 683
Rainy Days 7 8 10 9 10 12 12 13 12 11 8 9
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 1966 2068 1966 1864 1763 1559 1457 1457 1457 1457 1661 1763

Nelson

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2170 1864 1559 1254 1254 1254 1457 1661 1864 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1152 846 541 236 134 337 541 745 948 1152
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 8
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 974 773 1084 1255 1285 1104 1215 1335 1104 1275 1195 1044
Rainy Days 9 8 10 9 10 10 11 12 13 12 12 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1864 1966 1864 1763 1559 1355 1254 1152 1254 1457 1661 1763

Paihia

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2475 2475 2373 2170 1864 1661 1559 1559 1763 1864 2068 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1457 1457 1152 948 745 643 745 846 948 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 7 6 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 14
Rainfall (mm)(in) 994 1155 1325 1325 1345 1887 1687 1777 1355 1155 984 954
Rainy Days 9 9 12 12 13 15 17 16 15 13 10 10
Humidity N L N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 11/E 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11+/E
Sea temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2170 2068 1864 1763 1661 1661 1661 1661 1864 1966

Picton

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2170 2170 2068 1763 1457 1152 1152 1152 1355 1559 1763 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 1152 1152 1050 846 541 337 236 337 541 745 846 1050
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 5 5 4 4 5 5 7 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 974 663 1004 1195 1295 1215 1436 1436 1155 1265 1094 1024
Rainy Days 8 8 11 11 12 14 13 15 14 14 12 11
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1763 1864 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1355 1355 1355 1457 1661

Rotorua

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2373 2373 2170 1864 1559 1254 1254 1355 1457 1763 1966 2170
Min temp (C)(F) 1254 1254 1254 948 643 439 337 439 643 745 948 1152
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 6 4 4 4 4 5 6 6 7
Daylight hours 14 14 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1255 1305 1767 1355 1526 1877 1727 1988 1737 1516 1456 1667
Rainy Days 10 9 11 11 12 14 14 15 15 14 12 13
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 11+/E 10/VH 8/VH 5/M 3/M 2/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Te Anau

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1864 1457 1254 846 846 1050 1254 1457 1661 1864
Min temp (C)(F) 948 846 643 541 337 32 -130 32 236 439 541 745
Sunshine hours 6 6 5 4 3 2 2 4 5 5 6 6
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 9 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 1134 743 1104 924 1014 984 813 813 1094 1175 944 1044
Rainy Days 15 12 14 14 16 14 15 14 15 17 14 16
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M H VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 1/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Tekapo

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 1966 1559 1152 745 643 948 1254 1559 1763 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 948 948 745 439 134 -228 -228 -130 236 439 643 846
Sunshine hours 8 8 6 6 4 4 4 5 6 7 8 8
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 622 412 602 552 572 532 572 622 592 632 542 592
Rainy Days 6 6 7 7 8 7 7 8 7 8 7 9
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M VH VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wanaka

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2272 2272 2068 1661 1254 846 846 1050 1355 1661 1864 2068
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1050 846 541 337 32 -130 32 337 541 745 948
Sunshine hours 7 7 6 5 3 3 3 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 9 10 12 13 15 16
Rainfall (mm)(in) 612 422 703 562 632 592 582 612 673 723 542 602
Rainy Days 9 8 9 9 10 8 9 9 10 11 9 11
Humidity VH VH H M L L L L M M VH VH
UV 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 3/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 3/M 5/M 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Wellington

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2068 1966 1763 1457 1254 1152 1254 1355 1559 1763 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 1355 1355 1254 1050 846 643 643 643 745 948 1050 1254
Sunshine hours 8 7 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 6 7 7
Daylight hours 15 14 12 11 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Rainfall (mm)(in) 803 622 964 1074 1255 1395 1446 1365 1044 1034 954 944
Rainy Days 9 9 12 11 14 17 16 18 15 14 12 12
Humidity E VH H M L L L L M H VH VH
UV 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH
Sea temp (C)(F) 1661 1763 1661 1559 1457 1355 1254 1254 1254 1355 1457 1559