New Zealand Travel Guide
In depth guides on destinations in New Zealand
plus honest reviews of attractions, accommodation, and restaurants.
New Zealand consists of two main islands (North Island and South Island plus about 600 smaller islands.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city whilst Wellington is the capital, both on the North Island.
Weather and Best Time to Visit New Zealand
January & February are the warmest months whilst July is the coldest. The temperature and weather can vary quite a bit. Whilst the far north has subtropical weather during summer, the alpine regions of the South Island can drop down to -10°C (14°F) in winter.
Summer is the most popular time for visitors as well as New Zealanders making the most of the school holidays and warm weather. It can be crowded in some places and accommodation is at its most expensive.
Autumn (March to May) can be a nice time to visit as the temperatures are usually still quite warm but it’s quieter.
If you want to ski, July & August are your best bet.
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Bucket List of Things To Do in New Zealand
Dig your own spa at Hot Water Beach
Take a jet boat ride on the Shotover River in Queenstown
Visit the French town of Akaroa
Spend a day in Auckland
Wander around Wellington
Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier
See The Southern Lights
Experience Maori culture