When to visit
Whilst the country has a generally wet and temperate maritime climate, the temperatures tend to get colder the further south you travel, with the mountain regions obviously being the coolest. The far North of the country has an average temperature of 15°C, while the deep south has a cooler 9°C average. January and February are the warmest months of the year, and July is the coldest.
While the South Island has cooler winter temperatures, some areas of the island experience little rainfall in winter, making it an excellent time to visit glaciers, mountains and other areas of scenic beauty. If you are wanting to ski or snowboard your way down the slops of the Southern Alps, the best months to visit are either July or August due to having the most snowfall.
February and July are the driest months in Queenstown, whereas the wettest month is Decemeber (Queenstown) and March (Central Otago). For more details on the best time to travel to New Zealand click here