Climate and average weather in New Zealand
New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. New Zealand's climate is dominated by two main geographical features: the mountains and the sea. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, inland alpine areas of the South Island can be cold with minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter.
New Zealand's average rainfall is between 640mm and 1500m, (25.19 - 59.05 inch) and evenly spread throughout the year. Most places in New Zealand receive over 2000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas receiving over 2350 hours.
Interested in more detailed information on the Weather and Climate in New Zealand?
Please select the city you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.
Islands of New Zealand
Regions in New Zealand
Popular places in New Zealand
Select a city to see its average temperature, precipitation and hours of sunshine over the year.
- Coromandel Town
- Fox Glacier
- Franz Josef
- Hanmer Springs
- Lake Tekapo
- Lower Hutt
- Mount Maunganui
- New Plymouth
- Palmerston North