Climate and seasons
The seasons in New Zealand are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is from December until February; Autumn from March until May; Winter from June until August; and Spring from September until November. This means that crops and fruits that are out of season in the Northern Hemisphere will often be obtainable in New Zealand. For example the best time for shooting snow sports is July-September and for shooting summer crops or at the beach, January – March.
The weather throughout New Zealand tends to be oceanic and temperate with warm summers and mild winters. There is moderate rainfall in most areas all year round. Winter snow is usually restricted to the mountainous areas of the South Island and the volcanic peaks in the North Island.
For today’s weather and forecasts see – MetService