From crisp spring days to long golden summer evenings and cosy winter nights, New Zealand has something unique to offer in each season.
In New Zealand, seasons officially begin at the start of certain months.
Spring: September – November
During Spring New Zealand bursts with new life. Colourful flowers bloom, lambs are born and waterfalls burst with springs rains. The fresh, happy atmosphere during spring makes this an inspiring time of year to visit.
Temperatures range from 4.5 – 18 degrees celsius (40 – 65F).
Summer: December – February
Summer activities tend to make the most of the sun, sea and sand.
Temperatures range from 21 – 32 degrees celsius (70 – 90F).
Autumn: March – May
In autumn New Zealand enjoys some of the most settled weather of the whole year.
Temperatures range from 7 – 21 degrees celsius (45 – 70F).
Winter: June – August
The winter months bring snow to mountain peaks around the country, and clear, crisp days. The South Island is colder but drier.
Temperatures range from 1.5 – 15.5 degrees celsius (35 – 60F).
Although summer can be very warm, if you are coming from a country with higher temperatures than New Zealand, you may find that days can still feel cold. We recommend layering your clothing for this reason.
In winter, buildings are generally heated. We recommend investing in clothing made from Merino (singlets, long sleeve top, hats, socks) to get you through the colder days. However, layering is still important so you can adjust to inside and outside temperatures. We also recommend a warm jacket.
If you bring electrical items, make sure you bring the correct adaptor. Electricity is supplied in New Zealand at 230 volts, 50 hertz.
You can find information on driving licenses here:
All international students must have medical insurance while they’re in New Zealand. If you are treated by a doctor, nurse or counsellor at a health centre, provide your insurance information to cover the payments.
You can find information on getting Healthcare in NZ here:
You can find information on paying for Healthcare here:
You can find information about medicines and vaccines here:
You can read about arriving in Christchurch here: