What is the
Weather In New Zealand?
The Weather In New Zealand is complex...
Varying from warm subtropical in the far north
To cool temperate climates in the far south.
Most of the snow in New Zealand falls in the mountain areas and rarely falls in the coastal areas of the North Island or west of the South Island.
In the South Island, the east and southern areas might experience some snow in the winter. The mountainous areas experience severe alpine conditions.
Expect frosts throughout the country that turn into cold nights with clear skies and little wind.
Learn more about New Zealand's Climate and Seasons or, find out what the weather is like right now.
Mountain chains extend the length of New Zealand dividing the country into different climate regions. They also provide a barrier for prevailing westerly winds.
The South Island's West Coast is the wettest area of New Zealand. And just over 100 kilometers away east of the mountains is the driest.
The temperature variations in the Weather between summer and winter are relatively small. The Inland Region and east of the mountain ranges has the greatest variation in temperatures. In the higher altitudes temperatures can drop about 0.7°C/45°F for every 100 meters or just over ½ mile of altitude.
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