New Zealand Climate
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he climate in New Zealand is as varied as the climate
across Europe. The far North is sub tropical as is

the west coast of South Island. Traveling further south the weather changes as the altitude rises and becomes cooler. In winter it snows considerably around the Ruhepeu and the central area of North Island.

In the summer it can turn frosty with temperatures dropping to below zero.
In the far south of North Island the weather changes yet again to a breezier climate Wellington is known as the windy city.

On South Island the climate is even more diverse. As previously mentioned the west coast has a sub tropical climate. Traveling inland and from the west coast and not that far either there are the Southern alps which has typical weather conditions of a Alpine range. On a fine day it can be pleasant but this can change quickly and snow has been known to fall in the middle of summer.
The weather in Fiordland is what could be termed as wet. The average rain fall for this region is three metres ( ten feet ). This is not an area to get caught out in the open when it rains. Flash floods can occur very quickly as they can also do on the West Coast.
The area around the Marlborough sounds and Nelson are are known for their mild climate especially Nelson where it is called the sunshine coast.

The central region of South island is mostly warm in the summer, even up at 2500 ft but this can change and by May the nights are getting cooler.
The east coast of both Islands tend's to be dry in the summer and draught conditions set in.

Traveling around New Zealand you need to be prepared for the worst conditions incase the weather changes for the worst. If you are tramping then an all season sleeping bag is recommended. A set of warm clothing and with out a doubt a water proof jacket.

If you are planning to stay in hostels or hotels then you would be best to be prepared still as the weather changes so quickly at times you can easily get caught out on a days tramping along a track. As well as this you should have a spare set of clothes in a day pack incase you get separated from your group and get lost. This has been known to happen on a number of occasion's.
The main advice is no matter how fine the weather may be when you set out it can very easily change for the worst, unless you are up in the far north during the summer then the main problem would be the sun, this though goes for the rest of New Zealand on a fine day in summer.
The ultra violet rays in New Zealand are some thing you have to be fully aware of. New Zealand along with Australia are renown for their strong ultra violet rays which can easily burn you. Even if you have been to the tropics before and you do not burn easily in most other countries or global regions still take precautions and use the highest factor sun block you can get. If you are fair haired this would be in the region of factor 50.