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New Zealand's Weather & Seasons

Our seasons are:

Summer: December, January, February
Autumn: March, April, May
Winter: June, July, August
Spring: September, October, November

The charts below will give you an indication of the conditions to expect in the main centres. 

Use these figures with caution. If one thing is certain the weather is not!

Average maximum daily temperature (degrees celsius)
  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Paihia 23.9 24.5 22.9 20.8 18.5 16.3 15.6 15.7 16.8 18.1 19.6 22
Auckland 23.3 23.7 22.4 20 17.4 15.2 14.5 15 16.2 17.8 19.6 21.6
Tauranga 23.9 23.8 22.3 19.9 17.1 14.9 14.3 14.9 16.3 18 20 21.9
Hamilton 23.8 24.3 22.7 19.9 16.6 14.1 13.6 14.6 16.2 17.9 20 22
Rotorua 23 23 21.1 18.3 15.1 12.6 12.1 13 14.7 16.7 19 20.9
Taupo 23.3 23.3 20.9 17.6 14.1 11.8 11.2 12.1 14.1 16.5 19 21.3
Napier 24.4 24.1 22.6 19.9 17.1 14.5 14.1 14.8 16.9 19.2 21 23
Wellington 20.3 20.6 19 16.7 14.2 12 11.4 12 13.5 15 16.6 18.5
Nelson 22.4 22.4 20.8 18.1 15.2 12.9 12.4 13.1 14.9 16.8 18.7 20.5
Blenheim 23.8 23.6 22 19 15.8 13.3 12.8 13.8 16 18.1 20.1 22
Westport 20 20.4 19.5 17.2 14.7 13 12.6 13.2 14.3 15.3 16.9 18.6
Kaikoura 20.6 20 18.8 16.6 14.1 11.6 10.9 11.5 13.6 15.3 16.9 19.1
Hokitika 19.4 20 18.7 16.7 14.2 12.3 12 12.5 13.9 15.1 16.6 18.1
Christchurch 22.5 22.2 20.4 17.8 14.6 11.7 11.3 12.4 14.9 17.4 19.2 21.2
Mt Cook 20.3 20.8 17.9 14.5 10.8 7.3 6.4 8.4 11.6 14 16.2 18.2
Lake Tekapo 21.5 21.6 18.7 15 10.8 6.9 5.9 8.1 11.7 14.6 17 19.3
Timaru 21.1 20.9 19.3 16.6 13.3 10.6 10.1 11.4 14.2 16 18.3 19.9
Milford Snd 18.9 19.5 18 15.6 12.3 9.5 9.1 11.2 13.1 14.4 16 17.6
Queenstown 22.6 22.7 19.9 16.1 11.9 8.6 8.2 10.3 13.5 16.2 18.6 20.7
Manapouri 20.7 20.8 18 14.6 12 8.3 8.2 9.6 12.6 14.9 16.1 18.9
Dunedin 18.9 18.7 17.2 15.5 12.6 10.2 9.8 11 12.8 14.6 16.1 17.4
Invercargill 18.6 18.8 17.2 15 12.2 9.7 9.5 11 12.9 14.4 15.8 17.5
Scott Base -1.2 -7.9 -15.8 -18.6 -20 -20.1 -22.3 -23 -22 -16 -7.3 -1.5

Average Number of Wet Days Per month - over 1 mm of rain

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Paihia 8 7 8 11 12 14 17 16 14 10 10 9
Auckland 8 7 9 11 12 15 16 15 14 12 11 9
Tauranga 6 7 8 9 9 11 11 12 12 10 9 8
Hamilton 8 6 8 9 11 13 14 14 14 12 11 9
Rotorua 8 7 8 9 9 10 11 12 12 11 10 10
Taupo 8 6 8 8 9 11 11 12 11 11 10 10
Napier 6 6 8 8 7 9 9 9 9 7 6 6
Wellington 7 7 8 9 11 14 13 13 12 12 10 8
Nelson 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 9 10 10 8 8
Blenheim 5 4 6 5 7 7 8 7 8 8 5 6
Westport 13 10 12 13 16 14 15 15 17 17 14 15
Kaikoura 6 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 7
Hokitika 13 10 13 13 15 14 14 15 16 17 15 16
Christchurch 6 6 6 7 7 9 9 8 7 7 7 7
Mt Cook 12 10 13 13 13 13 13 14 14 16 14 15
Lake Tekapo 5 5 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 6 7
Timaru 7 6 7 8 6 5 7 6 6 7 7 8
Milford Snd 16 13 15 15 16 14 15 15 16 19 15 17
Queenstown 8 6 8 8 10 9 8 8 8 10 8 9
Dunedin 10 8 10 9 11 10 11 11 10 11 11 12
Invercargill 13 10 12 13 16 15 14 13 12 14 12 14