Whilst the northern hemisphere is still slowly emerging from its winter hibernation, New Zealand's last month of summer, February is generally hot and happening. On both North and South Islands, the temperature may soar to 25°C or higher, with lows on cooler days reaching 10°C (especially in mountainous regions). This makes February a great month to go camping in, especially as Kiwi families have left their favourite camping grounds behind ready to start the new school year.
If you enjoy getting wet, but do not enjoy feeling cold, February's typical weather will suit you nicely. Although the rivers, lakes and waves may be wet, wild and chilly (let's say fresh!), you'll soon warm up after activities such as:
If you really enjoy hot weather, then head up to the Bay of Islands, which can experience February temperatures of over 30°C. From there you can meander southward, enjoying festivals and events such as:
- Waitangi Day (6th February) – New Zealand's national day. Join in the celebration in Waitangi (Bay of Islands)
- Chinese New Year – Festivals are held in Auckland and Christchurch
- Speight's Coast to Coast – The ultimate test for multisport athletes on the South Island
Summer Dress Code
Remember to keep sunsafe while you're enjoying February in New Zealand, but pack light. The dress code is always casual, so boardshorts and jandals/flip-flops/thongs (e.g. the surfer or beach-babe look) is a common sight even in major centres. However, speedo-type swimming briefs (i.e. the really brief ones) are best kept to the beach. Also, bear in mind, that in some bars and restaurants – especially the more high market ones – will have minimum dress codes and in some cases, beachwear is not acceptable.
Weather By Month
Our overview of New Zealand's typical weather by month can help you plan your holiday, unmissable highlights for the month (e.g. events and festivals), sightseeing and activities and even your packing. But do be warned – these are not weather forecasts, so expect some of the unexpected during your stay!
Weather in the Major Centres
Find out: where to expect 'four seasons in one day', where to find New Zealand's semi-tropical regions, which city is the sunniest, where to experience the most rainfall and discover which city is the country's windiest.
|North Island Weather and Climate
|South Island Weather and Climate
|Bay of Islands