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Best time to visit Wellington, New Zealand

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The best time to visit Wellington is March-May

When’s the best time to visit Wellington, you ask? Based on several factors like the weather and climate, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, the best time to go to Wellington is March-May.

The warmest month of the year in Wellington is February, where the average temperature gets to around 19℃ (66℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 20℃ (68℉) on the hottest days in summer. The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in Wellington is around 7℃ (44℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Wellington 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 July, 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.

Keep reading to find all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Wellington. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll be ready to start booking your trip.

Warmest month

February

Least rainfall

February

Most daylight

December

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Wellington seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Wellington as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Wellington 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 Wellington

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 Wellington 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.

Wellington 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 Wellington 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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FEB
MAR
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JUL
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SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Wellington in January

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 10 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wellington in January, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Wellington in February

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • 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 Wellington in February, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Wellington in March

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • 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 Wellington in March, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Wellington in April

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wellington in April, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Wellington in May

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Wellington in June

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 14 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Wellington in July

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 42mm (2") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Wellington in August

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Wellington in September

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 25mm (1") over 13 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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

Wellington in October

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • 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 Wellington in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Wellington in November

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 11 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Wellington in December

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 12 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wellington in December, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Wellington is usually February, where temperatures tend to rise to around 19℃ (66℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Wellington is generally around February. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in February first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Wellington is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Wellington, 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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