New Zealand weather averages for holidays in 2017/2018

Check New Zealand weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2017/2018. Today's maximum temperature in New Zealand is expected to be 12°C, while the average maximum temperature in April is 17°C. The weather guide for New Zealand shown below is for Wellington. Read more about the weather in New Zealand.

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New Zealand weather averages

Check New Zealand weather averages before you book your next holiday. The warmest months in New Zealand are January and February with an average maximum temperature of 20°C. The sunniest month is January with on average 8 hours of bright sunshine per day. The months with the least number of days with some rain are January and February with 9 days. The sea is at its warmest in New Zealand in February with an average sea temperature of 17°C. The New Zealand weather averages shown below are for Wellington.

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New Zealand weather today

Here is the weather in New Zealand today, Monday 1st May 2017. Expect sunshine and showers in New Zealand with a maximum temperature of 12°C and 2 hours of bright sunshine. There are 0-2 mm of rainfall expected with 39% chance of some rain and a strong breeze of 51 kph from the south. The weather forecast shown below is for Wellington.

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New Zealand weather overview

Given its South Pacific location (1,200 miles (1,900km) from the nearest landmass), New Zealand has a sunnier climate than one might expect. Its North and South Islands are hilly and mountainous with excellent winter sports in the Southern Alps and spectacular fjords and glaciers. Auckland lies at the top of North Island, the warmest part of New Zealand, and its inhabitants bask in subtropical conditions and enjoy mild winters and warm, humid summers although they can be rained on at any time of the year.

On the southern coast, where Wellington and Napier are located, temperatures are slightly lower than in the north and inland conditions can become very frosty during the winter.

South Island, which houses Christchurch and Dunedin, is rather colder than North Island and has more of a maritime climate with little variation in coastal temperatures between summer (October to March) and winter (April to September). Inland, winters are colder with occasional snow on lower ground and heavy snowfalls in the mountains.

Rainfall is high on the west coast throughout the year but the Canterbury Plains are the driest part of New Zealand.

What to pack for New Zealand weather

Take light clothing if you are travelling in the summer or confining your visit to North Island. On South Island, fairly warm clothes are needed for the winter with heavier wear for trips to the mountains. Whenever you go and wherever you are going, anticipate some rain!

Tropical storm risk: New Zealand cyclone season

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The New Zealand tropical storm risk chart above shows the cyclone season for Wellington, New Zealand.

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New Zealand holiday weather averages by month

Check New Zealand holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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Compare New Zealand weather with the USA

Below the New Zealand weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for New Zealand (Wellington) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

Maximum daytime temperature (°C)

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