The Best Time to Visit New Zealand

Getting a New Zealand visa is worth every penny as it is one of the best-visited countries in the world. Be it for hiking, skiing, seeing the northern and southern lights, or just wanting to experience its natural wonders, New Zealand has something to offer in every season.


Summer in New Zealand (December-February)

This time may be the busiest time of the year to visit New Zealand, but it also has the advantage of having the best overall weather among the four seasons. It is the best time to do kayaking, sailing or diving.  Their popular adventure activities and extreme sports are a to-go for. Whether you’d want to feel the rush in bungee jumping, water rafting, jet skiing, skydiving, or zip lining, your summer would surely be a blast!

Autumn in New Zealand (March-May)

If you’re after the picturesque setting of the leaves and trees changing colors, from browns and reds to golden ones, then this season might be perfect for you. It is also the best time to go for a self-drive holiday, especially after Easter, where the roads are clear and peaceful. The tourists decrease in number, and the attraction sites’ fees are cheaper.

Winter in New Zealand (June-August)

Wanting to go on a skiing vacation? This season turns New Zealand into a winter wonderland. The country has numerous choices of ski fields to choose from: Whakapapa and Turoa Ski areas in Tongariro National Park in the north, or ski areas at Queenstown, Wanaka, and Mount Hutt in the south.

Spring in New Zealand (September-November)

With the ski season coming to an end, the spring season is another great time to enjoy white water rafting as the snow covering from the southern Alps and mountains start to melt. This is also a great season to witness the blossoming of new flowers and leaves, and in taking a walk in gardens and parks. Don’t forget to visit their historic gardens and attend their annual spring festival!

Depending on what you’re after for, traveling to New Zealand anytime is not a bad time to go on a tour. If you want to save on airfare, the fall or spring season would be a great time as there will be lesser tourists, compared to the summer and winter season.