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Best time to visit New Zealand for couples

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Be captivated by the natural beauty of New Zealand. A country with endless views, nature, friendly locals and dynamic culture. But when is the right time to visit? This question depends on what you want from your dream holiday. Since the possibilities are endless, we can help you decide.

New Zealand, fall in love at any time of the year

September to November - Springtime is picture-perfect with blooming flowers and newborn animals. Average daytime temperature: 18 °C.

December to February - is the busiest period with locals and visitors enjoying the long summer days. Average daytime temperature: 23 °C.

March to May - Stable temperatures and fewer crowds, make autumn a great time to visit. Average daytime temperature: 19 °C.

June to August - Winter is the best time to visit for snow sports enthusiasts. Average daytime temperature: 14 °C.

When is the best time to travel as a couple?

The best travel time mostly falls around the climate and what you both want. Here is a little overview of the seasons in New Zealand. They are the opposite of Europe. If you would like to know more, we would be happy to meet you and talk more about the best travel time.

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Spring - September to November

Travelling in spring offers plunging waterfalls, blooming flowers and newly born animals. With fewer crowds and mild temperatures. We highly recommend travelling during this period because it is less busy and the country is in full bloom.

"My favourite time of the year to visit New Zealand is spring. You can enjoy the beautiful countryside without many other visitors."

Nicole, Travel specialist
Uncover hidden waterfalls in New Zealand
Uncover hidden waterfalls in New Zealand
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Driving along Milford Road is simply breathtaking
Driving along Milford Road is simply breathtaking
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Summer - December to February

The summer months are the busiest, with not only international visitors but also New Zealanders on their summer holidays. They love to spend time outdoors at lakes, beaches and in national parks. We recommend travelling outside of these months. Especially during the Christmas holidays. It is also the most expensive period to visit New Zealand.

Enjoy sunny days at the beach during summer
Enjoy sunny days at the beach during summer
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Capture glorious sunrises in Lake Tekapo
Capture glorious sunrises in Lake Tekapo

Autumn - March to May

Autumn has stable temperatures, perfect for hiking and kayaking. Warm and inviting colours can be adored. The season starts in March, with some regions averaging 27 degrees. It is the perfect month to visit the vineyards because the lush grapes are now bountiful. The season ends in May, and now you will feel it getting crispier and need to wear some extra layers.

Benefit from fewer crowds in autumn
Benefit from fewer crowds in autumn
Kayak in the mystical Doubtful Sound and spot unique wildlife
Kayak in the mystical Doubtful Sound and spot unique wildlife

Winter - June to August

Do you love snow-sports? Winter would be a great time to travel to experience life up the mountain. Feel like you have the country to yourselves with barely any other tourists around. During this period, the rain falls regularly too. It is the perfect time for walks in nature and an assortment of bike rides.

We would love to meet you and discuss the best travel time. Contact us to make an appointment at our office or from the comfort of your home.

Enjoy a snowy wonderland while travelling New Zealand in the winter
Enjoy a snowy wonderland while travelling New Zealand in the winter
Hike the Hooker Valley Track
Hike the Hooker Valley Track

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