Wondering when to visit New Zealand? We've got you covered! The best time to visit New Zealand depends on the time of year. Each location varies from season to season. While there is never a bad time to visit our beautiful country, it's a good idea to plan your trip around the weather or key events happening at different times of the year.
We've rounded up the best place to go in New Zealand each month of the year.
January – Northland
Summer brings blue skies and warm temperatures - perfect conditions for spending the day at one of Northland's many beautiful beaches.
FEBRUARY - NAPIER
You do not want to miss the Art Deco Festival, which is held in Napier every February. Experience the 1930's for yourself at this iconic event! Long summery days are also ideal for exploring the many vineyards surrounding Napier.
MARCH – WAIHEKE ISLAND
As the weather starts to cool down around the country, jump on the ferry and head 35 minutes away from Auckland for stunning beaches and vineyard visits. Late summer sunsets on Waiheke are spectacular. The weather will still be warm enough that you can swim at one of the white-sand beaches on the island, or take in the scenery with a coastal walk.
APRIL - ROTORUA
Explore the explosive city that is Rotorua! See geysers, bubbling mud pools and fluorescent waters up close (but not too close). Rotorua is best enjoyed in the cool autumn month of April. You can warm up cold fingers and toes in natural thermal pools and rivers. It's still warm enough out of the hot water to strip off and jump right in if you want!
MAY - arrowtown
Most of New Zealand stays green all year round, but not Arrowtown. In autumn the trees in and around this quaint historic township turn one hundred shades of russet and gold. The introduced English-variety trees create a unique sight. If you love colour, make sure you stop in Arrowtown in May!
JUNE – MILFORD SOUND
The coolness of Winter makes the air crisp and waters still at Milford Sound. June is shoulder season for Milford Sound, so at this time there won't be as many people and you can take advantage of great winter deals! A dusting of snow can also make this part of New Zealand look even more picturesque.
Explore The Sound from the water and get close to wildlife and waterfalls on JUCY Cruise. The catamarans are toasty and warm inside in winter!
JULY - QUEENSTOWN
In Winter, Queenstown comes alive with keen skiers and snowboarders. Head here in July for reliable conditions and a bustling atmosphere. The conditions on the slopes at Treble Cone are usually optimal during this month. Play your cards right and you can SKI4FREE!
AUGUST - TAUPO
Head to one of the three best mountains in the North Island (Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe or Tongariro) to catch the snow season. If you're not into snow sports, you can simply chill out at a cafe in Ohakune enjoying views of the wintery peaks. Or go for a drive and circumnavigate the great Lake Taupo - it's almost equivalent in size to Singapore!
SEPTEMBER - WELLINGTON
New Zealand's capital is windy but wonderful year round! Absorb the culture on the streets or go into full tourist mode and check out The Beehive, Te Papa Museum, and WETA Workshop. If the spring weather gets a bit chilly, you can warm up in one of the many excellent cafes in the city. Coffee culture is central to Wellingtonian life, so you can get some of the best flat whites in the country here.
OCTOBER – CHRISTCHURCH
Known as “The Garden City", Christchurch brightens up in Spring. Head to the Botanic Gardens to see what's in bloom!
NOVEMBER - NELSON, PICTON AND BLENHEIM
Nelson and Blenheim are some of the sunniest parts of New Zealand, so it makes sense to visit in summer when the daylight hours are longest.
Explore the Abel Tasman National Park and Queen Charlotte Sound by foot or kayak, The warm temperatures of November mean you won't mind getting wet!
DECEMBER - TAURANGA
With long, golden sand beaches and warm blue seas, it's not hard to see why city dwellers flock to Mount Maunganui over the Christmas season. The Bay of Plenty area also sees lots of festivals and live music events over the summer period. New Year's Eve in Tauranga is a lively event with some of the biggest names in New Zealand music coming to town.