NZ Weather & Seasons
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.
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 when you are so exposed on your bike or even if you are out exploring or hiking.
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. 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.
- Spring – September, October, November
- Summer – December, January, February
- Autumn – March, April, May
- Winter – June, July, August
Follow the Sun! There is no need to stay where the weather is bad. January and February are the warmest months to travel but if you check out the New Zealand Met Service, you can keep an eye on this for yourself! Met Service. 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).
Met Service 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.
Out on the Water
Keeping safe when out on the water is extremely important. Keep an eye on weather and sea conditions with Swell Map
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 Easy Change ferry ticket that allows you to change booking times and dates. You can purchase it through us.