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New Zealand weather averages
Going to New Zealand? Find the best month to visit New Zealand based on the weather.
Check New Zealand weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2019/2020. Today's maximum temperature in New Zealand is expected to be 50°F, while the average maximum temperature in June is 54°F. The holiday weather guide shown above is for Wellington.
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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.
Metric (°C) | Imperial (°F)
New Zealand weather averages: best month
|New Zealand||Best month||Averages|
|Warmest||January & February||68°F|
|Sunniest||January||8 hours per day|
|Least rain||January & February||9 days|
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
The New Zealand tropical storm risk chart above shows the cyclone season for Wellington, New Zealand. The chart was processed from data supplied by the US Meteorological Agency (NOAA). Find out more about our data sources.
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New Zealand 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.
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 (°F)
Metric (°C) | Imperial (°F)
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Popular New Zealand destinations
Below are average maximum temperatures at popular destinations in New Zealand in June. Select a destination to see the weather overview and compare average conditions with today's forecast.
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- Chatham Island
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