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New Zealand is a great destination to visit anytime of the year.

While we may be a bit biased, it’s worth noting that New Zealand’s four distinct seasons offer unique and appealing experiences for many travellers.

If you’re curious about what you can expect during each season, here’s a breakdown of what’s happening throughout the year in New Zealand.


New Zealand experiences warm temperatures during summer, making it a great time to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and surfing.

The North Island is home to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy them. From the black sand beaches of the West Coast to the golden sands of the Coromandel, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Summer is festival season in New Zealand, and the North Island hosts many exciting events during this time, including music festivals, food festivals, and cultural celebrations.

New Zealand offers a wealth of outdoor activities during summer, such as kayaking, fishing, and mountain biking. You can also explore the many hiking trails and take in the stunning scenery.

In summer, the days are longer, giving you more time to explore and enjoy all that the country has to offer. You can stay out late, watch the sunset, and make the most of your time in this beautiful part of the world. As it is the peak season, we advise booking your car hire well in advance to ensure availability.


Autumn is a comfortable time to visit New Zealand, with cooler temperatures that are perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and exploring.

During autumn, the North Island’s trees turn beautiful shades of red, orange, and gold, creating a stunning backdrop for your adventures.

It is harvest season in the North Island, with many local wineries and orchards offering tours, tastings, and special events.

Autumn is a great time to spot wildlife in New Zealand, with many animals becoming more active as they prepare for the winter months. You can also sample local autumn cuisine during this season.


While it may be winter, the temperatures on the North Island of New Zealand generally remain mild, making it a comfortable time to explore without the summer heat. As winter is considered the off-season, you’ll find fewer tourists during this time. This means you’ll have more space and time to enjoy popular attractions without the crowds.

The North Island’s natural beauty is on full display during the winter months, with snow-capped mountains and lush forests providing a beautiful backdrop for your adventures. There are plenty of activities during the winter months, such as skiing and snowboarding on Mount Ruapehu, soaking in hot springs, and taking part in winter festivals like Matariki.

Winter is a great time to experience the unique Maori culture on the North Island, with festivals and events taking place throughout the season such as Matariki. You can also sample local winter cuisine and warm up with a hot drink at cozy cafes and restaurants.


Spring is a comfortable time to visit the New Zealand, with temperatures starting to warm up after the cooler winter months.

It is the time when flowers and trees start to bloom, creating a stunning display of colors throughout the North Island’s parks and gardens.

Spring is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and kayaking, before the summer crowds arrive. Spot baby animals and migrating birds, as many species start to emerge after the winter months.

It’s a time of celebration in the North Island, with many festivals and events taking place during this time, such as the Taranaki Garden Festival and the Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Classic. As spring is considered the shoulder season, you may be able to find lower prices on accommodation and activities compared to the peak summer months.