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Weather question: When is the best month to tour NZ?

We recently got a question from a family living in Florida,USA and they wanted to know when the best time of the year to visit New Zealand was.

This family of 5 want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the country and have never been to New Zealand before.
When do you think the best time of the year is or does it not really matter perhaps?

Also they asked where the best places are to go and perhaps the ones that may not be so award winning.

Please feel free to comment and we’ll post your thoughts! 


Malcolm on 12/09/2011 12:10am

Best time to visit to NZ – March/April any year.Humidity has dropped , generally settled with light winds, still good daylight hours and all the rats are back at school!

Blair on 11/09/2011 10:30pm

February… Nice and warm throughout, did an 11 day motorcycle trip a couple of years ago… 9 of the 11 days were rain-free

Guest on 11/09/2011 7:43pm

The uncomfortable energy sapping humidity is gone, yet there is still plenty of warmth and sun. School holidays have been so it depends if you want to meet loads of kids in holiday spots. Go to goat island, near leigh on a week day. Mathesons bay near by is a great safe swimming spot, then if a windy day a walk along pakiri beach to blow away any cobwebs while the kids run up and down the huge sand dunes.

Guest scott on 11/09/2011 7:04am

my daughter and husband came over from orlando fl in late sept ,it was great ,we walked through kauri forests and rock pools at north auckland beaches,did the rotorua and tourist things but would suggest march, the scenery is free in nz,no alligators ,snakes.spiders and best of all no fire ants.

WW Forecast Team on 11/09/2011 7:08am

Really appreciate your thoughts and it sounded like a great time was had by all!



Simone on 11/09/2011 7:03am

Please send them to Timaru. Love to have happy Americans in these parts. Great work on the site btw!

Simone from sunny Timaru

Serena on 11/09/2011 5:45am

Early March to late April for stunning scenery, settled weather and autumn colours.

sw on 11/09/2011 5:36am

March/april for Auckland,sunny and afternoon winds dropped,sun not too intense as can be in January.Evenings/nights cooler.

Jan, Invercargill on 11/09/2011 5:31am

Bring them to Invers 🙂 We’ll swim at Oreti Beach in July haha

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