New Zealand: Seasonality and weather

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Seasonality and weather

What are the peak periods?

Tourism booms in New Zealand all year round. Each season boasts different activities you can partake in. Note, however, that if you want to avoid crowds, you should avoid going to New Zealand when they have holidays. Kiwis enjoy exploring their country, so if they have time off, they will head to the lakes and campgrounds as well, and things can get a little crowded.


What peak periods do exist in New Zealand usually fall around the seasons and the weather bearing activities that come with them.

What is the weather like throughout the year?

New Zealand has the same seasons as Australia (Summer: December, January, February, Autumn: March, April, May, Winter: June July August, and Spring: September October, November). The further south you go in New Zealand, the colder you get, as it is further away from the equator. However, the weather doesn’t vary too much as you go from north to south.

Getting around

What is the most cost effective way to get around?

There are many great ways to travel in New Zealand.


If you want a structured visit that hits all the classic New Zealand experiences, then it might be in your best interest to look into one of the many guided tour options. There are several companies like Contiki that you can look into that span both islands and accommodate your travel itinerary and budget. This way, you get to sit back, relax and let the experts take you around and educate you about the country, getting a good bang for you buck.


If you’re more of a free spirit, there are many options to rent a car or even a campervan to explore the land. Splitting a car vehicle between mates can be a cheap way to get around. However, to rent a car, you need to be at least 21 years old and possess a full Drivers Licence.


Additionally, domestic flights are relatively cheap and airlines often run discount deals. Sites like can help you find said cheap flights (as well as hotels and car hires). There is always the option to stay grounded and take coaches, ferries and public transportation around the islands, as there is good connection between major destinations.


If you choose to drive on your own, however, be advised that the roads in New Zealand can be tricky to navigate, so drive carefully at all times.


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