4 seasons new zealand

New Zealand Geography and Climate

Geography and Climate

New Zealand lies in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean. Its nearest neighbour is Australia which is around 1,600 kilometres (ca. 994 miles) away. Two large islands called the North Island and South Islands are the main islands of New Zealand, but there are many surrounding smaller islands of which the combined land area is 268,000 sq. kilometres (103,500 sq. miles. New Zealand is about the same size as the UK or Japan.

New Zealand’s landscapes are spectacular and include the South Island’s Southern Alps which are bigger in area than the European Alps as well as glaciers, steep fiords and complex sounds. The North Island is volcanic and has every type of volcanic feature including a super volcano. Both islands have majestic lakes, lush rainforests, and high tussock plains.

Highest point: Mount Cook (3,754 m or 12313 ft)
Deepest lake: Lake Hauroko (462 m 1515 ft)
Largest lake: Lake Taupo (606 km or 234 miles)
Longest river: Waikato River (425 km or 264 miles long)
Largest glacier: Tasman Glacier (29 km or 18 miles long)
Deepest cave: Nettlebed, Mount Arthur (889 m or 2916 ft)
Length of coastline: 15,811 km (9824 miles)

Geography and Climate

New Zealand experiences four seasons. Summer starts in December and ends in February, although March is also a warm month. Winter lasts from June to August, but September and October can also be cold. New Zealand has a temperate climate and the climate is also maritime meaning that it is affected by the sea. This accounts for less extreme differences in temperature between seasons as you would otherwise find on continents, although there are two areas that are classified as continental which is the centre of each main island. New Zealand also has a large variety of micro-climates which are variations of the temperate climate. These variations are pronounced and the result of mountainous that run up the spine of both islands with westerly winds depositing moisture on the west of both islands leaving drier lands to the east. The north of New Zealand is frost free making it suitable for growing some tropical fruit while on the South Island, there exist large areas of perpetual snow and glaciers within the Southern Alps.

Mean daily
maximum Temp. °C
Mean daily
maximum Temp. °C
Bright Sunshine HoursMean annual Rainfall mm
JanuaryJuly
Auckland23.815.12,0711,106
Wellington20.311.22,0241,269
Christchurch22.611.12,066645
Dunedin18.99.91,595799

Source: Virtual Oceania

If you want to find out what the weather looks like right now in the Bay of Islands? Follow this link  (Weather Bay of Islands). This will show live weather information from our weather station outside our Bay of Islands campervans office.

Ready to visit New Zealand next holiday? Get your Quote now. New Zealand is very popular and you have to book early in the year.

Share this post
Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email

Fresh water

After a few days using fresh water, you need to refill the fresh water tank. Its easy and won’t take much time. This video shows you how to do it if it’s all new to you.

Read More »

Topping up Fresh Water

After a few days using fresh water, you need to refill the fresh water tank. Its easy and won’t take much time. This video shows you how to do it if it’s all new to

Read More »

Steaming Rotorua

When you arrive in the greater Rotorua area you notice that there are many Thermal Parks you can choose from. The most famous ones are undoubtedly Wai-o-Tapu and Te Puia. Being the most famous ones

Read More »

Visa

Visitor Visa / International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy From 1 October 2019, you will not be allowed to travel to New Zealand if you do not have a visa or an NZeTA. What to

Read More »
Scroll to Top