North island is safe all year round – does not get too cold. South Island can be hit or miss for rain – great one day – miserable the next – October – November and March – April are great times to go. Other times of you would still be fine – just need to plan some more and not plan on sitting on a beach.
Go in February. Its nice and warm and all the wine festivals are around then.
New Zealand has great wine!
Go to Marlborough in the North of the South Island, or Hawkes Bay in the East of the North Island, or Devonport if you are in Auckland.
And many wineries throughout both islands have events at this time.
Weather in New Zealand is changeable all year round. February and March are usually quite good weather and over the silliness of the local holiday season.
I live in Marlborough and can testify to the quality of the wine. The local wine festival is a big event and is held in February (you’d need to book).
Consider a trip round the South Island. Great beaches (although sometimes cold) and great scenery.
I go to Auckland in February. I do check the weather before I go and it’s usually really good then. It’s also the end of peak season so you can get some really great fares at that time. Just remember the seasons are opposite us.
Hi, if you are coming to NZ in July/August – the North of the North Island is the warmest, but there’s not much to see there, I mean sure the Bay of Islands is nice, but it’s a bit hum-drum in winter. The South Island is quite cold and rainy and snowy. Best time to visit NZ is Feb/March.
If you’ve got a bit of time to deal with bad weather (North island bad weather normally only lasts 1-2 days, south island 3-4 at worst) and keen on scenery, winter is the best time to visit.
On a clear (and cold) winters morning, There is crystal clear visibility stretching out to the horizon.
I’be been flying (in small planes, I have my NZ pilots license), and on a winters morning, from auckland you can easily see Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu.
Also, the queues for tourist attractions are smaller in Winter.
Before I moved to the UK, I went on a road trip of the south island and did everything (no holds barred on the $$ spent). Have a look at some of the photos at
there are plenty (thousands of them) more at:
Sing out if you have any questions.
I think I spent 3 weeks in the south island and about $8000 but that included helicopter trips, hiring planes and hot air ballooning (this was in Queenstown and was awesome!)
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