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Why is Summer the Best Season to Visit New Zealand?

The climate in New Zealand is mild all year, but the summer months of December through February are warm and sunny. It has an average temperature of 21 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius, but this is due to the lower humidity. There is also less chance of rain. The best way to enjoy New Zealand’s summer weather is to visit the coast and make the most of this beautiful season.

Summer Hikes

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Summer hikes in New Zealand

If you enjoy hiking, January is the best time to go because many popular trails are closed in the winter. Beautiful trains can also be found in the Southern Alps, in both Fiordland and Queenstown. If you visit Wanaka in January, you should attend the Rhythm and Alps festival.

Lovely Beaches

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New Zealand Beaches

Nothing beats spending the day at the beach on a hot summer day. There are numerous beach resorts on the Coromandel Peninsula, including Waipu Cove and Tauranga. You can stay at the beach for a few nights.

Summer Events 

The month of January is an excellent time to visit Auckland. The traditional Ports of Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta commemorates the city’s anniversary. This is the day Auckland will be known as the “city of sails.” There are numerous boat races, such as tugboat races, dragon boat races, and yacht races. The ASB Seafood Festival, as well as an international busker festival, add to the fun on the waterfront.



This is the ideal location for a visit to a stunning coastline with incredible marine life, lush forests, and rugged mountain ranges. This is the most beautiful waterside walkway, and it takes 7 hours to walk it. It will be a fantastic experience. The coast trail runs from Stony Bay to Fletchers Bay.

Take a tour of the mines at Waihi’s Gold Discovery Centre. Apart from being one of the most valuable gold mines in the country, this location has a mining history dating back hundreds of years.

Take a train ride through a narrow, steep gorge in the mountains near Coromandel to enjoy the stunning scenery that stretches all the way up to the Hauraki Gulf Islands.

Imagine a beach with a natural spa that is also free! Hot Water Beach is the place for you. To make your own little spa pool, simply dig a hole in the sand.


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This is a relatively unexplored area and one of the best summer destinations in New Zealand. You will be able to create memories in this natural setting.

The Eastland is the epicentre of Maori culture, way of life, and tradition. There are numerous activities available here to help you learn more about this tribe. Hiking tour to Mt. Hikurangi to see the Maori carvings and the Maori Meeting House. 

Tiktiki Church to see the stunning Maori stained glass window. A cultural tour that will teach you everything you need to know about this distinct community. This is a safe haven for bravehearts. Enjoy the many mind-bending activities that will give you a rush of adrenaline. There are numerous activities to choose from, including surfing, sea diving, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and climbing.



Marlborough is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy a few days surrounded by rolling vineyards and long white beaches. There are also numerous hiking and walking trails that wind their way through the majestic mountain ranges. Imagine yourself sitting in this idyllic setting, eating delicious seafood cuisine such as mussels, clams, and fresh-caught king salmon.

There are numerous locations along the 1500-mile coast where you can relax and enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. Enjoy nature’s beauty, then recharge your batteries by participating in outdoor activities such as tramping, kayaking, or walking.

Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds and visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. With its extensive collection of aircraft dating back to WWI, this is a must-see for history buffs.

Swim with dolphins, take a winery tour, or simply take long walks to admire the peaceful nature. Whatever you do, you will have wonderful memories to cherish for the rest of your life.



The uncharted territories of Fiordland are reachable by air, sea, and land. They have a lot of natural beauty and big landscapes. There are also numerous natural wonders on Mother Earth.

The Glowworm Caves at Lake Te Anau are another incredible experience. Nature’s constant work over the past 12000 years, which resulted in the formation of limestone caves, will astound you. When you enter these caves, you will see thousands of glowing worms high above you.

Summer is a great time to visit Hauroko Lake. After that, you can take an exciting helijet to the lake and then board a jet boat to ride to the Wairaurahiri River. Return to Te Anau after a break at Waitutu’s lodge. This will be an unforgettable experience that will leave you smiling.