When is the best time to travel New Zealand?

Wondering when the best time is to visit New Zealand? It really depends on what exactly you would like to do. Most visitors come to New Zealand in the summer months (December to March) where it's nice and warm (Note: it is never too hot in New Zealand) but there are a few ski fields and if you are a ski bum, you might want to come in winter (July and August) instead.

Generally speaking, New Zealand is a year-round destination. Just keep in mind: If you are planning a campervan holiday, it can get pretty chilly at night in winter.


Another thing to keep in mind: during peak season, prices for rental cars and campervans, for hotels and motels as well as campgrounds and entry fees generally sky-rocket. If you are flexible with your travel dates, maybe pick a travel period for later in the season when most people are on their way back home already.

Cheapo-Travel-Wheels-Team favorite time to travel: March, April and even May!

A few stats for you:

Region Summer Temp. High Winter Temp. Low Best Travel Months
North Island December - March 20-30 June - September  1-15 January - April
South Island December - February 20-32 May - October  -10-10 January - March

Looking for a suitable van, car or motorhome to rent for your New Zealand adventure? Check out our New Zealand Rental-Vehicle Overview!


Campervans / Motorhomes / RV's
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Under 21?
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