When thinking of visiting a destination, be it local of international, we are always concerned as to what the weather will be like where we are going. I receive many questions as to what the weather is like here in New Zealand at certain times of the year. So I decided to create this post New Zealand Weather By Month.
New Zealand Weather by Month
Generally you can group the months into seasons, Summer - Fall (Autumn in NZ) - Winter - Spring, as you would in any other country. However there is always those crossover periods. We are currently experiencing that at the moment. It's now Autumn or Fall and the start of this month saw some very heavy rain including a couple of cyclones that passed by. This week, In Auckland, we are having glorious days, cool at night, sunny and warm during the day.
New Zealand Seasons
Summer - 1st December to 28th February
Winter - 1st June to 31st August
Fall (Autumn) - 1st March to 31st May
Spring - 1st September to 30th November
Four Season in one day
The legendary Neil Finn, a Kiwi (New Zealander) of Crowded House and Split Enz fame, even wrote a song about it. This is the most common phrase used here in New Zealand when asked about the weather, especially Auckland.
So the most important advise I can offer is always dress in layers and always be prepared for Four season in one day.
Getting the latest weather forecast
There are a number of online resources for getting up to date weather information as well as the newspapers. Many hotels will have the local weather posted on the wall or on a screen nearby reception.
- NIWA Weather
- This is my most popular weather website. You can easily search for where you are going to or are at. It is nice clean and simple. NIWA - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
- The New Zealand MetService
- This is the most popular New Zealand weather site with lots of information. I find it quite complex. However I do find the app to be very clear but limited choice of New Zealand locations.
- Accuweather - New Zealand
- An extremely popular site and app world wide. I don't find it to be too accurate at times and limiting on smaller areas in New Zealand when searching for specific locations.
- Metvuw New Zealand forecast
- Metvuw is great for those who understand all the squiggly lines on "Meteorological maps". It give wind intensity, direction and barometric pressure. Along with estimated rain fall.
Because of the changing weather patterns here in New Zealand I have about three of these apps on my smartphone and quite often they give me three different results.