Although the weather conditions do vary somewhat depending on which part of New Zealand one lives in, expats might be surprised by how much wetter New Zealand is compared to nearby Australia.
Auckland has a generally warm and wet, almost sub-tropical, climate. Summers are humid, while winters are mild and rainy. Tropical cyclones do occur occasionally, and cold fronts are not uncommon in the colder months.
Wellington has a windy, mild climate. Temperatures seldom exceed 64°F (18°C), and won’t drop much below 47°F (8°C), even in June, which is typically the coldest month.
Queenstown has some of New Zealand’s best weather. It has an oceanic climate, with snowy winters and blue skies, while summers bring fresh, warm days.
Christchurch enjoys a dry and temperate climate, with hot summers and manageably mild winters. While winters offer clear, crisp days, and freezing nights, Christchurch does experience some smog, and year-round rain.
►Read the Expat Arrivals page on the Pros and Cons of Moving to New Zealand to learn more about the implications of moving to the country.
Are you an expat living in New Zealand?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to New Zealand. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
Expat Health Insurance
Cigna Global can tailor an international health insurance plan to perfectly fit the needs of you and your family. With 86 million customers in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.