Weather in New Zealand
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New Zealand's clear, unpolluted atmosphere and relatively low latitudes produce strong sunlight, with reasonable temperatures all year round.
New Zealand climate
The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30ºC and in winter between 10-15ºC with temperatures warmer in the north and cooler in the south.
What to pack
You should bring, comfortable clothing, with plenty of layers and a warm waterproof jacket to take care of any cool or wet weather. Expect some rain, particularly in the south and west of the country and most especially on the west coast of the South Island. A comfortable pair of shoes for walking and sightseeing is essential and a walking stick is also highly recommended. You should take a wide brimmed hat to protect against sunburn.