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Best Time To Visit New Zealand

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Tourism in New Zealand

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Best time to visit
Sep - Feb
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Best Time To Visit New zealand

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

The best time to visit New Zealand for tourists is the summer season. Months from September to February are considered to be the best months to visit New Zealand. February is considered the peak month in New Zealand with an average temperature of 25 degree Celsius. During the summer season in New Zealand, various festivities like Christmas and New Year can also be enjoyed. New Zealand shares the same cycle of seasons as Australia, is located in the southern hemisphere. So if you are a resident of Asia, North America or Europe, then you will find New Zealand seasons to be the exact opposite to your country. The country experiences summer season from December to January, when it is freezing in most other parts of the world, and thus this is the best time to travel to New Zealand. Most of New Zealand experiences temperate maritime climate, being an island country. However, temperature and climatic conditions vary across the country because of diverse topography, which means any time of the year, can be great for a quick trip to the land of Kiwis.

March-May (11°C to 22°C)

March to May is the gorgeous fall or autumn season in New Zealand and also considered as the best season to visit New Zealand. It is just when the heat of summer wears off and the crowd of the peak of New Zealand tourist season departs, but the country is still warm and welcoming enough to those who seek to take advantage of the dropping hotel charges. Temperature stays around 17°C-22°C in the North Island and 13°C-19°C in the South Island. April sees the trees change colour into hues of crisp burgundy, before the chill starts to settle in by May. These months are perfect for hiking and trekking. best season to visit new zealand

June-August (16°C to 7°C)

June through August is the best time to visit New Zealand for those who love winters and snowfall. Winter in New Zealand offers some of the best ski fields to swoosh in. Queenstown has a number of them, and it also hosts the Queenstown Winter Festival with a whole lot of activities. The season here is cold and crisp, and although snowfall is present, the chill is not unbearable. Visiting New Zealand in June means getting the best of both worlds – the cold of winter and a bit of leftover autumn.

September-November (19°C to 9°C)

September to November sees the spring season in New Zealand, and also the onset of the next tourism season. Flowers and greens cover the fields yet again, and the flocks of lamb and sheep take over the pastures. Visiting New Zealand in November is ideal for those who want to enjoy a little bit of summer and winter both, and that too at cheaper rates than the summer season. November is also seen as the best month to visit New Zealand for a refreshing vacation with friends and family. 

December-February (25°C to 12°C)

This is the best time to go to New Zealand. Summer is in full swing by January, bringing in the warmest temperatures over both the islands. However, the weather is quite pleasant and static at around 20°C-24°C everywhere.

Major Festivals in New Zealand to Attend

NZ has multiple Maori festivals throughout the year. But the summertime specifically has many of them. Therefore, it is also the best time to visit New Zealand for many tourists. NZ also celebrates its holiday season in the summer, unlike the Northern Hemisphere. Pasifika Cultural Festival and the Auckland Lantern Festival are two festivals you should not miss. 

Climate in New zealand

Summer Season in New zealand

Summers in New Zealand are all about outdoor fun. Beach and water sport activities, biking, cycling, hiking, trekking, canyoning, and many other adventure activities can be enjoyed extensively during summer.

Monsoon Season in New zealand

There is no such fixed monsoon season in NZ. Winter receives enough precipitation in the form of snow, and from March to May, there is some scattered rainfall.

Winter Season in New zealand

Queenstown and Central Plateau region are the wonderlands of New Zealand winter. Multiple ice skating resorts, ski fields and snow hiking become the fun things to do in the country.

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    Monika DShngra

    New delhi

    Monika's 10 days trip to New Zealand

    Due to corona spread all was locked down. We were forced by US govt to cancel further travel in the city. Request sent for refunding our money back. But not heard on it so far. Corona is the only memory

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    Birinder Purba

    Mumbai

    Birinder's 10 days trip to New Zealand

    Overall a well organised trip of 16 nights in Newzealand that took us through both North and South Islands. Bella Vista Motel and Appartments at Christchurch is not suitably located near to a market and also rooms were very small. Milford Sound Cruise and 90 mile Beach Visit. Weather could be a spoil sport and our Franz Josep Glacier Walk & Kaikura Whale watching trips got cancelled.

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    Delhi

    Tarun's 12 days trip to New Zealand

    Raunak provided us with all that we required for our trip to New Zealand. He is energetic and was always ready to get us the best deals in our budget. Everything was taken care of before hand - car rentals, hotel booking, as well as reservations for our activities and we didn't have to worry about anything. There was a slight hiccup due to bad weather - some better planning could have been better. However the refund for the cancelled event was provided to me on time - so kudos for that. Overall a great experience and I highly recommend Wanderbird Holidays!

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    Delhi

    Yug's 10 days trip to New Zealand

    Raunak Pathak from Wanderbird Holidays was our agent from Travel Triangle for our trip to New Zealand. Raunak helped us plan with the best Itinerary, whether it was wrt the activities covered, hotels stayed or rental car selected. Everything was perfect. He ensured we are aware of all the rules or stuffz that are important for a tourist to know. It was never that we had to do any follow ups. The vouchers of hotel and activities were all received well before time. It was great of him to call us and discuss the itinerary in detail for an hour just before the trip ensuring we are well versed with the itinerary. His efforts showed he did a part greater than what an agent would generally do.

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    Ashishjain

    Hyderabad

    Ashishjain's 7 days trip to New Zealand

    It was overall a good experience. However, I would like to convey that Pickyourtrail has been really exceptional in ticketing, but in the planning of the overall trip it was poor. Follow-ups with the bookings and transfers that are required in any foreign trip was neglected, which I would consider as a big blunder from their end. I had faced issues like our vouchers being considered as incorrect in few of the places and in some, the agents to whom we were connected on the trip were not even aware of the booking. Their support team has a lot of people for sure but there is a lack of proper response from them. Our itinerary changes were not updated in the app which again created confusion for their support team who were not even aware of the changes. At the end of the day, there is only one person who gives the right directions and the rest of them just create confusion. I would give another shot in travelling with them only if they decide to go up a notch with travel planning rather than just giving us the tickets/vouchers. Just putting in my honest feedback, Thanks!

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    New delhi

    Shilpi's 9 days trip to New Zealand

    Went for a vacation to North Island in New Zealand in Feb 2020. Wanderbird Holidays were of great help in planning the week long trip. All information and suggestions provided by them regarding hotels, activities, cost, location etc was so accurate, I felt as if they are sitting in NZ and planning my trip for me. Raunak even helped me adjust the budget in ways so that I don't end up wasting money. Highly recommended!

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    New delhi

    Manoj's 7 days trip to New Zealand

    It was indeed an amazing experience as it has to be because it’s Newzealand. A paradise for Nature Loving people. And when you have a backup team of agents like Globe Trotting, you travel carefree. We had experienced all the climates there in the world in short trip to Newzealand. The Scenic Beauty while traveling from Queenstown to Milford Sound was breathtaking.

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    Parth's 10 days trip to New Zealand

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    Delhi

    Parthsaxena's 6 days trip to New Zealand

    Best services by TT and the agents .. Had an amazing trip .. Worth every penny spent Would definitely recommend every one to book With Carving Holidays .. Thanks for an amazing experience

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