|New Zealand has a mild, oceanic climate. Daytime
temperatures in spring and autumn range from approximately 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit (13-21
degrees Celcius), with cool temperatures in the mountains and warm weather on the coasts. In
spring and autumn, it rains approximately 10 days out of the month, covering New Zealand in
lush green countryside and wildflowers.
Temperatures in summer range from approximately 70-85 degrees F (21-29 degrees C) in both the
north and the south with rain averaging 7 days per month. Year-round, the weather has a
prevailing westerly pattern, creating good surf beaches, rainforests, and wetlands on the
west coast and leaving the more protected and arid east coast ideal for swimming, boating,
and sea fishing.
New Zealand is a land of microclimates. Lush rainforests reside remarkably near the arid
terrain of high country sheep stations. Our escorted tours cover a broad range of regions and
microclimates, and have been designed to take advantage of these climatic differences as much
as possible. Regardless of the season, however, weather is often unpredictable and visitors
should come prepared for periods of both hot sun and cool rain. A recommended operator
packing list is provided as part of your confirmation package.