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Best time to visit Dunedin, New Zealand

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The best time to visit Dunedin is April

If you’re looking to travel to Dunedin 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 Dunedin is 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.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 16℃ (60℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 18℃ (64℉) on the hottest days of the year. In the winter, temperatures can get down to 5℃ (41℉) around July.

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Dunedin when the days are longest, you should visit in December. On average it rains the most days in February, 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.

For more information about when to travel to Dunedin, the monthly weather breakdown and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

February

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

December

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Dunedin seasons

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

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

Average temperatures in Dunedin

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 Dunedin 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.

Dunedin 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 Dunedin 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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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Dunedin in January

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in February

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 12 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in March

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 11 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in April

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in May

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in June

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 11 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in July

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in August

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in September

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 11 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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

Dunedin in October

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in November

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Dunedin in December

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Dunedin is usually February, where temperatures tend to rise to around 16℃ (60℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Dunedin 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 Dunedin is generally around February, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of February too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Dunedin, 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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