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New Zealand Travel Guide

With sky-high mountains and 15,000 kilometres of coastline, New Zealand is a haven for hikers, skiers and surfers alike. Luxurious vistas of snowcapped peaks and turquoise waters combine with captivating experiences that will satisfy your inner explorer. So, whether you're a hobbit fanatic, adventure fiend or outdoor gawker, we promise that your ideal escape is just around the corner.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    December to March

    During the summer months, New Zealand offers consistently warm temperatures (with highs of 25°C in some parts) where the days are long and sunny while the nights are mild and pleasant. For visitors planning to explore the coastal beaches, this time of the year is ideal to enjoy warm water and safer swimming conditions. As this is the peak season for tourism in New Zealand, visitors may find some hotels will have limited availability. Many local students will also be on holiday at this time which means major attractions are likely to be more crowded.  

  2. Low Season

    May to August

    The cooler months are known as the best time to visit glaciers and mountains in the South Island, however, travellers should be wary of heavy rain in most areas of the North Island. This drop in temperature (with lows of -10°C in some parts) along with heavy rains may cause some of the popular trails to be closed. Visitors travelling to New Zealand during this time will enjoy fewer crowds and lower flight or hotel prices. During the low season, you can enjoy Matariki celebrations and smaller winter festivals throughout the country.

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