Best Time To Visit New Zealand
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Best Time To Visit New zealand
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
New Zealand shares the same cycle of seasons as Australia, being 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 exact opposite to your country. The country experiences summer season from around 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.
New Zealand in March through May (temperature)
March to May is the gorgeous fall or autumn season in 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.
New Zealand in June through August (temperature)
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.
New Zealand in September-November (temperature)
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.
New Zealand in December-February (temperature)
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 around 20°C-24°C everywhere.
Major Festivals in New Zealand to Attend
NZ has multiple Maori festivals throughout the year. But the summer time specifically has many of them. NZ also celebrates its holiday season in the summer, unlike the Northern Hemisphere. Pasifika Cultural Festival and 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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Trip to New ZealandWell, at the time of bookings the motivation of the company was very high & too much follow up with me. Suddenly on the trip, I felt they were less interested & not as convincing as before. Also my last leg of the journey was wasted due to Easter holidays, which we were entirely not intimated before. Everything, all the shops were closed & nothing we could do about it. (Even the eating joints) Also regarding 1 activity which was star gazing, I requested the company to cancel this tour and they told me you could only do it before 24 hours and finally I could manage to cancel it before 3 hrs of start of the activity (so again poor job fro the agents) And finally to say, the remaining of 425NZD is pending, which we expect to be in my account as soon as possible. alo regarding the accommodation which they booked , one at Wanaka was very poor and the other at Twizel which I recommended them to book which they were not recommending finally turned out to be great!!
Trip to New ZealandOur Trip to New Zealand was a well planned trip. We could customize as per our requirements. There was lot of positive support from the memorable vacations staff before the start of trip. I was very much pleased by the staff and had a satisfying hassle free booking experience. We had made all the necessary payment to our agent before the start of the trip. As we reached NZ, we started experiencing the problems, slowly, one after another, solely because of poor agent selection and lack of coordination between the staff here in india and the staff and third party members in new zealand. There were a lot of places where we faced hassles and we were literally asked to stand outside the queue since our payment was not properly done to the appropriate authorities there in NZ. 1) At the car rental office the payment was not done on time, we were stranded outside the queue and only after repeatedly calling our agent, the payment was made the the car rental office. 2) The same thing happened again and again at the south island car rental office, skytower sightseeing, gandola ride, and the glacier hot pools (inspite of continuous telephonic reassuring by the agents, that it wont happen again) . 3.) At Franz alpine retreat hotel, there was no breakfast available, although we had pre booked all our hotel rooms with complimentary breakfast. The same thing happened at our coromondel stay. At both these places we had to literally cook our own breakfast before we started our sightseeing. My biggest disappointment was that i had to face lot of hassles for no fault of mine. There was sheer incoordination between the agents.Because we faced so much hassles throughout our trip, the agents were kind enough to arrange a complimentary dinner for us at a good indian restaurant on the last day of our trip. Other than the above mentioned hassles, the trip was a well organised one. I enjoyed the trip and i thank memorable vacations for organising my trip. The hotel stays at queenstown, Milford cruise and auckland were the best part. My only request is to kindly improve upon your services specially the ones which i have mentioned so that other customers dont suffer. I would surely use your services for future international trips .
Trip to New ZealandA very good trip, with excellent cabs and drivers ( who were good guide too),very good hotels and all promised things fulfilled. There were extraneous hiccups like Visa delay and flight problems ( due to Jet Air) but sorted out to our satisfaction. Thanks for that effort. Queenstown
Trip to New ZealandComing back for more... perfect for lazy guys like me - didn't gave to lift a finger. Agents did everything. Cheers,
Trip to New ZealandWe booked our New Zealand Tour with Hub Holidays. Amitbhai was extremely helpful and managed the entire bookings/Itinerary pretty well. He was very supportive in managing any changes we suggested. The hotels booked were also decent with great location. All our bookings were seamlessly arranged and the assistance provided during trip by Amitbhai was beyond expectations.Overall we had a great time in New Zealand Looking forward to many more such outings. Cheers!! Beautiful trip overall all superb experience
Trip to New ZealandWe had a great trip to New Zealand in the month of Feb /19 , the trip has been perfectly managed by Globe Trotting/ Travel triangle . Mentioning our trip creator Sheenam, she provided excellent itinerary in terms of sight seeing tour and hotels . We didn't faced any kind of trouble in our whole trip . We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Much thanks to Globe trotting team and Travel triangle.
Trip to New ZealandDid not share regular updates, did not update on the changes in flight, not a good experience booking through them.
Trip to New ZealandThe tour was very well planned by AMIT from HUBHOLIDAYS...the way everything was planned Hotels, Vouchers etc was very good. Also the suggestion from Amit time to time also helped in making our itinerary better and exploring more of the places. Thank you Amit for making the trip memorable one. Will surely contact you for the next trip :) Also, the hotels, vouchers etc was very well. Also, the Amit and team were available all the time whenever we required. Thank you Amit once again for making the trip memorable one.
Trip to New ZealandThis was by far the one of the best planned trip I've ever been on....everything was first class...from hotels, tours, activities to car we got on rent.... We were impressed with amit from the start of our planning stage...he provided trip summary that was outstanding and made planning the trip very easy.... Platinum luxury villas in Queenstown was by far the best place I've ever stayed....thanks to your management We traveled for almost 13 days in newzealand and everything managed by travel agent nicely... Would like to plan next trip under your guidance.... Staying at Queenstown platinum luxury villas....and all the adventures activities in newzealand
Trip to New ZealandWe had planned a customized tour to New Zealand which was coordinated and well arranged by Hub Holidays and Travel Triangle. The purpose of this holiday was for our Honeymoon, Hub Holiday agent (Prashant) had appropriately suggested the itinerary making it more memorable. There were certain phases of our trip planning which required frequent follow ups from us, that can be better organised. Nevertheless throughout the trip we had continuous support from Prashant and Devarka, sorting out any hiccups. Thanks again !!
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Due to pleasant weather all year round, you can book a holiday to New Zealand whenever you feel like it.
Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Queenstown, and Wellington are popular places to explore.
Yes you can use your visa/mastercard/Amex credit cards to make payments in NZD. Usage of debit cards will need a prior authorization from the banks.
Yes, you can but one will need an international driving license.
New Zealand Dollar is accepted in New Zealand.
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