NEW ZEALAND PRO TIPS – Everything you need to know when visiting New Zealand
Who doesn’t want to visit New Zealand? There’s general worldwide agreement that for stunning scenery, outdoor adventure and general good times, New Zealand, or Aotearoa to the locals, is one of the top spots on earth.
We totally agree, so to help you get there and experience it for yourself, here are our top travel tips to get you to a good start. Sweet as bro!
BEFORE YOU GO
WHAT’S THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?
New Zealand is a year-round destination, depending on what kind of holiday you want. The locals like to say you can experience ‘four seasons in one day’, meaning it’s a good idea to carry a raincoat with you at all times.
NZ is at its warmest in February, with the summer season running November to March - the best time to go if you want to hit the North Island beaches. This is peak season, with accommodation prices (and crowds) at their height from December to February. If you’re chasing the sun, you’ll find the sunniest areas around the east coast of the North Island, and the top of the South Island.
March to April is a good time to go to if you want to spend time outdoors in (relatively) fine weather without the peak crush – plus you get vivid autumn colours around the South Island, particularly Arrowtown.
Winter is low season, but it’s also when you’ll capture the most Instagrammable shots of snow-capped mountains. Temperatures stay pretty mild on the North Island (although it can get very cold in the south, especially inland). June to August is high season in the ski towns – Taupo and Ohakune in the north, Wanaka and Queenstown in the south.
You’ll get wettest on the west coast of the South Island, with Milford Sound recording an average of 182 days rainfall per year – don't forget your umbrella!