Weather in New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its moderate climate, shifting between seasons and constantly changing from place to place.
New Zealand is a far away group of islands in the southeastern Pacific ocean. There are two main islands, North and South, separated by the Cook strait. Australia, west of New Zealand, is its nearest neighbor, 1600 kilometers / 1000 miles away. The landscape is made up of volcanos, snowy mountain tops, green fields and rocky coastlines, sub tropical beaches and dense rain forests, affording New Zealand a great claim at being one of the most picturesque countries in the world.
In New Zealand, temperatures drop as you travel south. January and February are the hottest months of the year and July is the coldest.
Due to its…show more content… Skiers use this time to explore the country’s Southern Alps in
South Island. This period is New Zealand’s winter school holidays, so ski areas can become crowded. Ice and snow fall can create road closures and delays.
What to pack for a holiday in New Zealand
New Zealand is not always as tropical as those would perceive a country in the Pacific Ocean to be.
It’s variable weather demands that visitors be prepared for any of the four seasons in one day.
Layers of clothing are advisable for icy mornings that turn into sunny, hot days. North Island is home to warm, sub tropical weather, and South Island is quite the opposite, experiencing Polar blasts from the Antarctic. In winter you will need long-sleeved tops, jeans and coats. In mountainous areas, gloves, woolen hats and thermal clothing is advisable.
The clean and pure environment in New Zealand makes the sun extremely harsh. The country has one of the highest UV ratings in the world. Therefore it is extremely important to wear sunscreen and take extra precautions when in contact with the sun.
Hats, sunglasses and protective gear are always necessary, regardless of the weather.
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