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Strong air currents coming from the South Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea makes New Zealand a great spot for surfing and other ocean sports. Although great for sports, New Zealand’s position on the globe also affects its weather.

In New Zealand, the weather can suddenly change during the day, with unexpected rains or strong wind, sometimes even during beautiful sunny days.

Besides being sometimes unpredictable, the seasons are well defined throughout the year. The North Island registers the higher temperatures, which, during the summer, can reach as high as 25˚C (77˚F), while in the South Island, during winter time, temperatures can drop to as cold as -10˚C (14˚F) in some regions.

How are the seasons in New Zealand

Summer

Summer starts in December and goes on until February. The average temperature during the day across the country is 20-25˚C (68-77˚F).

Min

20

Max

25

Winter

Winter starts in June and goes on until August. The average temperature during the day across the country is 12-16˚C (53-61˚F).

Min

12

Max

16

Spring

Spring starts in September and goes on until November. The average temperature during the day across the country is 16-19˚C (61-66˚F).

Min

16

Max

19

Autumn / Fall

Autumn starts in March and goes on until May. The average temperature during the day across the country is 17-21˚C (62-70˚F).

Min

17

Max

21

Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving was first introduced in New Zealand in 1927 and starts at the end of September and lasts until early April, which puts New Zealand one hour ahead of its standard time. During daylight saving time, people can expect daylight to last up until 9.30pm, making this period of the year great for outdoor activities.

Min

16

Max

25

Quick Tip:

If you'd like to learn more about New Zealand's climate and weather, we recommend you have a look at MetService, the main source of meteorological information in New Zealand.