Offering something for everyone, the best time to visit New Zealand really depends on which seasonal activities you wish to enjoy. The land of rich Maori culture boasts spectacular landscapes year-round. In summer, extreme adventure goes hand in hand with breathtaking hikes along the many networks of trails and at the end of the day you can be clinking glasses at a number of award-winning wineries. Winter is for white powder getaways and one of the most popular times to visit New Zealand thanks to the incredible ski fields of Queenstown and the South Island.
Located on New Zealand's South Island, Queenstown is a famous leisure and adventure playground and the greatest four season alpine and lake resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Although popular year-round, the region springs to life in winter from June to August with the start of the ski season. This is the best time to visit New Zealand for those wanting to experience best skiing and snowboarding in the country.
New Zealand's top ski resorts attract thousands of ski bunnies each year in Queenstown with world-class winter sports and a fantastic range of ski fields located less than an hours' drive from the city. One of the most popular Queenstown ski fields is The Remarkables, nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Nearby Coronet Peak and Cardrona are also extremely popular. Even visitors who aren't particularly interested in skiing can enjoy an outstanding range of alternative snow activities including snow shoeing, ice skating and snow mobile rides.
The varied landscapes and rugged beauty of New Zealand make it a fantastic destination to visit at any time of the year, however if you're looking to take advantage of pleasant weather then the best time to visit New Zealand is from December to March. The summer months offer bright, long sunny days with temperatures of 16°C to 24°C. This is the ideal time to visit lovely beaches and make the most of the huge range of outdoor activities including some incredible hikes.
As winter arrives so too does the snow in the South Island and mountainous parts of the North. June through to September brings much colder conditions and thousands of skiers and snowboarders for the famous ski season. The autumn and spring months are characterised by milder conditions and fewer visitors. With temperatures in the mid-teens, these are still very pleasant times to visit and if exploring with less tourists around is your thing then this would be the best time to visit New Zealand for you.