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What is the climate like in New Zealand?

The climate of New Zealand has an average yearly temperature of 18°C. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature can drop to 14°C and rise to 22°C.

Annually, about 1009 mm of rain falls. This gives a good overview of how much rain to expect in New Zealand.

The best time to visit New Zealand is January until March and November. During this period, you will experience pleasant temperatures and not too much rain, making it ideal to visit New Zealand.

Temperature 14 to 22°C
Rain 1009 mm
The climate of New Zealand
  • Average yearly temperature: 18°C
  • Highest temperature: 22°C in January and February
  • Lowest temperature: 14°C in July and August
  • Rainfall: 1009 mm per year, averaging 84 mm by month
  • Driest months: 47 mm in January, 62 mm in March and 71 mm in February
  • Wettest months: 112 mm in May, 101 mm in July and 101 mm in August

Climate table New Zealand

The climate table for New Zealand shows the average temperatures, rainfall, and UV index by month.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature (°C) 22 22 21 19 17 15 14 14 15 17 18 21
Nighttime temperature (°C) 15 15 13 11 10 8 7 7 8 10 12 14
Rainfall (mm) 47 71 62 96 112 84 101 101 76 72 86 101
UV Index 9 8 6 5 3 3 3 4 5 7 8 8
Best month Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No Yes No

Temperature by month in New Zealand

This graph shows the average high temperatures in degrees Celsius for each month in New Zealand

Temperature by month in New Zealand

Rainfall by month in New Zealand

This graph shows the average monthly rainfall in millimeters in New Zealand.

Rainfall by month in New Zealand

UV index by month in New Zealand

This graph shows the average UV index by month in New Zealand.

UV index by month in New Zealand

Yearly temperature in New Zealand

This graph shows the average yearly temperature in New Zealand, measured in degrees Celsius.

Yearly temperature in New Zealand

Yearly total rainfall in New Zealand

This graph shows the average yearly rainfall in millimeters in New Zealand.

Rainfall per year in New Zealand

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Average weather in New Zealand by month

Click on a month below to see in detail how the weather typically is in New Zealand and what to expect. Based on the historical weather data of New Zealand, you can view the average temperature, rainfall, wind, and UV index for each day of the month.