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.
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
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.