In summer, the daytime temperatures in central Christchurch, NZ's South Island can reach a top of 24℃ (76℉). The temperature at night in the winter can drop to as low as 3℃ (37℉), although this can differ at other destinations across NZ's South Island depending on the geography.
The days are longest in NZ's South Island in December, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. To stay dry, avoid travelling to NZ's South Island in October – It’s the wettest month of the year.Keep reading to read all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to NZ's South Island. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll have found out all there is to know about when to go, and you’ll be ready to start booking your flights! Who knows, we might even have some surprises waiting for you when you get there!
NZ's South Island seasons
Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. NZ's South Island is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:
|Summer||December to February|
|Autumn/fall||March to May|
|Winter||June to August|
|Spring||September to November|
Best time to visit the top destinations in NZ's South Island
We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.
|City||Best time to visit||Jan||Feb||Mar||Apr||May||Jun||Jul||Aug||Sep||Oct||Nov||Dec|