New Zealand holiday weather

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 23°C, while the average maximum temperature in December is 19°C. The holiday weather guide shown above is for Wellington.

More about New Zealand

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec All months

  • Save an extra 10% on worldwide car hire
  • Book with the exclusive Argus Car Hire discount code
  • Travel before 31st December 2018 (inclusive)
Show discount code ******8AN

Expires at 23:59 on Sunday 31st December 2017 · View all Argus Car Hire offers

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.

Maximum daytime temperature (°C)

Hours of sunshine (daily)

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Days with some rainfall

Sea temperature (°C)

More weather parameters

Metric (°C / mm)  |  Imperial (°F / inches)

  • Save on long haul flights from Heathrow in 2017/2018
  • Fly to Bangkok from £465 & Singapore from £560
  • Plus Kuala Lumpur from £460, Bali from £525 & many more
  • Travel before 4th December 2018 (inclusive)

Back to top

New Zealand weather today

Here is the weather in New Zealand today, Sunday 17th December 2017. Expect broken clouds in New Zealand with a maximum temperature of 23°C and 6 hours of bright sunshine. There are 0 mm of rainfall expected and a moderate breeze of 28 kph from the north. The weather forecast shown below is for Wellington.

  • 23
    °C maximum temperature
  • 16
    °C minimum temperature
  • broken clouds
  • 6
    hours of sunshine
  • 0
    mm of rainfall expected
  • 0
    no heat & humidity
  • 28
    kph wind from N

5-day weather forecast

Metric (°C / mm)  |  Imperial (°F / inches)

  • Browse low fares on Qatar Airways flights worldwide
  • Depart from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Heathrow & Manchester
  • Book flights to Dubai, Bali, Thailand, Australia & more

Back to top

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

% of month affected by tropical storms
<1%
<1%
<1%
<1%
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
<1%
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

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

More about tropical storms

  • Save up to 9% on TUI holidays when you book online
  • FREE kids places & low deposits also available
  • Say Hello to TUI - the new name in holidays

Back to top

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.

Back to top

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)

New Zealand (Wellington)
USA (Washington)
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Metric (°C / mm)  |  Imperial (°F / inches)

Compare more New Zealand weather >>

  • Save up to 9% on TUI holidays when you book online
  • FREE kids places & low deposits also available
  • Say Hello to TUI - the new name in holidays

Back to top

Popular New Zealand destinations

More New Zealand destinations

All destinations (A to Z)

Can't see your chosen destination? Use our A to Z search to find your required the holiday weather guide:

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z  

More destinations

Related posts

Popular travel offers

Top ^