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The weather for New Zealand, represented by Wellington, shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by MeteoBlue. Find out more about our data sources.

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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!

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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Popular New Zealand destinations

Below are average maximum temperatures at popular destinations in New Zealand in July. Select a destination to see the weather overview and compare average conditions with today's forecast.

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