Climate and Weather
Ever heard of the saying ?four seasons in one day? well that?s what it can be here in New Zealand ? believe it or not the weather can change unexpectedly. Because of this, you should be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature if you?re going to be venturing in outdoor activities.
New Zealand generally speaking has mild temperatures with fairly high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. Its climate is dominated by the mountains and the sea. The climate differs from warm subtropical in the far north to cool temperate climates in the far south, with sometimes harsh alpine conditions in the mountainous areas.
The wettest area of New Zealand is the West Coast of the South Island, while the area to the east of the mountains, just over 100 km away, is the driest.
Most parts of New Zealand have between 600 and 1600 mm of rainfall which is spread out throughout the year along with a dry periods during the summer. Much of the rain falls in winter than in summer, especially over the Northern and Central areas of New Zealand whereas for most of the southern part of New Zealand, winter has the least rainfall.
In Auckland the average temperature for winter (June ? August) is 8oc to 15oc and for summer (December ? March) 14oc to 23oc. Auckland and Wellington tend to have a lot of sunshine with Auckland being far more humid and Wellington more windier.
In Dunedin the average temperature for winter is 4oc to 12oc and summer 9oc to 19oc. Alexandra is the hottest spot in the country which is inland from Dunedin.
Nelson and Marlborough is the sunniest place in New Zealand.
In terms of Snow most of it falls in the mountain areas. Snow rarely falls in the coastal areas of the North Island and west of the South Island, although the east and south of the South Island may experience some snow in winter. Frost and ice can occur anywhere in New Zealand and usually form after a cold night with clear skies and little wind.