When to Visit
New Zealand is a perfect country to travel around at any time of year. Part of its perennial appeal is the freedom to choose exactly where and when you travel. Each season does of course offer its own particular appeal - the long, warm days of high summer to the glorious autumnal colours, and the sense of renewal during spring to the soft light of winter.
With long days of sunshine and each day getting warmer than the last, spring is a glorious time for lovers of the great outdoors to visit the land of the long white cloud. Active adventurers may find spring's cooler climate to be ideal for hiking and trekking; whilst naturalists are sure to appreciate the beauty of daffodils in the fields and lambs frolicking in the valleys.
New Zealand in the summer months is a great option for those seeking warm and sunny climes. In particular, February is half-way into the summer season and makes for a good time to travel as the locals generally return to work and school by this time. Spend time on the beach, head or perhaps explore your surrounds on foot or by bicycle.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the popular summer months for New Zealand's cooler and quieter autumn season. With daily temperatures ranging between 19-21°C, head out and witness the country's beautiful autumnal shades of gold and yellow, as the leaves begin to fall.
It may be winter on the other side of the world, but if the thought of being too cold has deterred you from visiting New Zealand during July and August, think again. The North Island has a temperate climate, so especially in the Far North, days are milder than you might imagine. The South Island is simply stunning at the best of times, and can be even more spectacular in the crisp winter months. The Southern Alps of the South Island in particular, often allows better viewing of its magnificent glaciers, lakes and mountains, which are a photographer’s dream.