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Best time to visit Christchurch, New Zealand

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The best time to visit Christchurch is March-April

If you’re looking to travel to Christchurch for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Christchurch is March-April due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

The warmest month of the year in Christchurch is January, where the average temperature gets to around 21℃ (71℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 24℃ (76℉) on the hottest days in summer. The average low temperatures in winter float around 4℃ (39℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about 3℃ (37℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Christchurch are usually in December, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. On average it rains the most days in October, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

To learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to visit Christchurch, keep reading below. Plus, you’ll find tools to help you get the best deals on travel and hotels too!

Warmest month

January

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

December

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Christchurch seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Christchurch as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Christchurch is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Average temperatures in Christchurch

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Christchurch for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Christchurch climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Christchurch for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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OCT
NOV
DEC

Christchurch in January

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in January, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Christchurch in February

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 8 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in February, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Christchurch in March

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in March, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Christchurch in April

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Christchurch in May

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 8 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Christchurch in June

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 9 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in June, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Christchurch in July

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 22mm (1") over 8 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in July, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Christchurch in August

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in August, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Christchurch in September

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 8 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in September, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.

Christchurch in October

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (1") over 12 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Christchurch in November

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Christchurch in December

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 10 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Christchurch in December, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Christchurch is usually January, where temperatures tend to rise to around 21℃ (71℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Christchurch is generally around September. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in September first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Christchurch is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Christchurch, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in December are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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