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are there any NZ expats in this forum? I posted a thread in the NZ forum and no one's frigging responded lol
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are there any NZ expats in this forum? I posted a thread in the NZ forum and no one's frigging responded lol
I lived there for a few years before coming here, I rarely check either forum these days.

Just seen your thread, obvs their summer is opposite to ours, so the nicer months are Jan and Feb, temp around 30ish in the North Island, but feels much hotter because of the thin ozone layer. Take plenty of sun cream.

Just bear in mind that kiwis tend not to travel abroad much and January is when everyone takes their Summer holidays so could be busy in the popular getaway spots.

Feel free to message if you want any other info.

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Been a few times. What do you want to know? Going on a holiday? Brilliant country.
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are there any NZ expats in this forum? I posted a thread in the NZ forum and no one's frigging responded lol
Probably getting home from work, dinner, getting the hamsters onto the wheel for electricity to run the internetty thing for the evening etc........ patience!!!!
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thanks guys, much appreciated.
and yep DXB am planning my next holiday to NZ, Inshallaah!
I want to do a fun packed activity/adrenaline holiday and so was wondering which Island would be better suited for that and during which time of the year.
Been doing some research online and it appears South Island is the place to go, but I am still unsure during what time of the year? I am not fussed if the weather is 'cooler' than here, but I don't want to go when it's likely to rain.
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Mean monthly rainfall (mm)

LOCATION JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

Milford Sound 722.0 454.7 595.1 533.2 596.6 487.1 423.7 463.5 551.4 640.3 548.0 700.1 6715.4
Mt Cook 457.5 278.4 417.9 363.0 357.1 314.5 305.2 313.4 297.4 478.9 414.2 487.2 4484.7
Hokitika 248.3 189.0 215.8 231.5 236.8 273.5 218.0 230.8 260.1 275.1 225.3 297.0 2901.4
Westport 178.2 128.9 158.9 156.7 174.2 212.5 167.6 185.0 187.4 200.3 169.0 203.0 2121.4
New Plymouth 114.5 85.4 126.5 125.4 97.1 152.6 131.1 117.2 104.8 117.8 100.3 113.1 1385.9
Kaitaia 82.0 92.5 82.0 97.7 131.9 149.1 165.4 140.0 126.7 97.8 86.2 99.6 1350.8
Rotorua 92.7 93.9 99.2 107.2 116.9 136.1 134.5 131.4 109.3 112.3 93.8 114.2 1341.8
Whangarei 81.2 95.2 118.1 98.9 111.2 131.5 168.6 128.4 112.2 85.3 77.1 96.4 1304.0
Auckland 73.3 66.1 87.3 99.4 112.6 126.4 145.1 118.4 105.1 100.2 85.8 92.8 1212.4
Wellington 75.7 69.8 87.1 83.6 112.9 132.8 137.5 113.7 97.8 114.9 97.0 84.4 1207.1
Tauranga 76.0 86.6 92.7 120.9 105.7 115.7 127.4 112.3 87.6 90.4 75.3 90.3 1180.9
Invercargill 115.0 87.1 97.4 95.9 114.4 104.0 85.2 75.6 84.2 95.0 90.4 105.0 1149.3
Manapouri 85.4 84.3 86.5 90.0 100.9 101.8 82.0 93.9 100.0 107.7 91.1 105.1 1128.6
Hamilton 76.3 68.7 79.4 80.3 99.7 113.2 118.2 103.4 91.5 91.9 85.0 100.7 1108.2
Gisborne 56.2 71.3 91.4 98.2 101.3 104.6 127.7 76.2 73.5 72.5 67.1 56.2 996.2
Taupo 77.3 67.9 66.5 68.4 74.9 92.8 96.0 87.4 81.6 86.2 67.9 93.6 960.3
Nelson 76.5 63.5 70.8 80.9 82.0 92.7 77.6 81.9 85.1 87.2 78.3 83.6 960.1
Masterton 44.4 68.9 84.5 54.0 93.6 105.3 90.9 86.7 73.7 77.2 77.5 70.9 927.6
Wanganui 59.2 75.5 62.9 69.2 79.5 88.8 85.3 74.4 73.7 88.0 75.4 86.4 918.2
Palmerston North 55.0 67.8 51.8 65.9 71.5 95.1 82.5 76.9 86.1 96.4 80.9 87.5 917.3
Chatham Islands 54.9 63.9 84.7 75.7 87.9 107.8 84.7 84.4 71.1 63.4 66.7 66.3 911.3
Napier 46.8 54.3 66.8 67.9 74.8 82.1 108.3 60.1 57.9 59.9 52.4 53.5 784.8
Queenstown 64.7 50.3 53.4 56.2 68.5 71.5 50.3 66.2 62.4 66.4 63.6 75.3 748.9
Dunedin 72.9 67.8 64.0 50.9 64.7 57.9 57.1 55.7 48.3 61.7 56.4 80.2 737.6
Blenheim 48.9 49.4 46.5 52.7 60.6 70.7 74.3 62.2 65.2 67.4 55.0 58.1 711.0
Kaikoura 46.0 46.8 62.6 51.8 56.9 75.9 100.6 56.5 50.1 62.7 55.5 44.6 710.1
Christchurch 38.3 42.3 44.8 46.2 63.7 60.9 68.4 64.4 41.1 52.8 45.8 49.5 618.2
Lake Tekapo 43.6 35.9 48.8 45.2 56.5 60.0 49.6 58.4 50.4 49.5 41.3 52.2 591.6
Timaru 46.5 51.7 47.6 38.7 46.6 38.8 46.2 43.8 36.5 49.5 49.6 52.8 548.3
Alexandra 50.1 32.8 29.0 22.0 27.4 31.6 24.2 17.6 20.9 28.7 30.6 44.5 359.4
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South Island is it. Queenstown/Wanaka is the heart of all the adraneline stuff to do. You would do two weeks entirely on the South Island, or ten days followed with four days around Auckland.

Weatherwise I'd say December through March is your best bet. I was in the South Island for two weeks that spanned the end of February and the beginning of March last year, and the weather was brilliant with the only real rain near Mount Cook. New Zealand is infamous for microclimates so the weather can vary greatly in short distances. February may be the best month altogether because the summer holidays are over but the weather is still great.

Will you be going on your own or with others?

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thanks guys, much appreciated.
and yep DXB am planning my next holiday to NZ, Inshallaah!
I want to do a fun packed activity/adrenaline holiday and so was wondering which Island would be better suited for that and during which time of the year.
Been doing some research online and it appears South Island is the place to go, but I am still unsure during what time of the year? I am not fussed if the weather is 'cooler' than here, but I don't want to go when it's likely to rain.
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South Island west coast is magnificent but it rains a lot all year round see Hokitika (a lovely place) from Scamp's data dump above. But where else in the world can you stand metres from a glacier in a rainforest (while it's raining) within 15 minutes drive of a beach?
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Mean monthly rainfall (mm)

LOCATION JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR
Milford Sound 722.0 454.7 595.1 533.2 596.6 487.1 423.7 463.5 551.4 640.3 548.0 700.1 6715.4
Mt Cook 457.5 278.4 417.9 363.0 357.1 314.5 305.2 313.4 297.4 478.9 414.2 487.2 4484.7
Hokitika 248.3 189.0 215.8 231.5 236.8 273.5 218.0 230.8 260.1 275.1 225.3 297.0 2901.4
Westport 178.2 128.9 158.9 156.7 174.2 212.5 167.6 185.0 187.4 200.3 169.0 203.0 2121.4
New Plymouth 114.5 85.4 126.5 125.4 97.1 152.6 131.1 117.2 104.8 117.8 100.3 113.1 1385.9
Kaitaia 82.0 92.5 82.0 97.7 131.9 149.1 165.4 140.0 126.7 97.8 86.2 99.6 1350.8
Rotorua 92.7 93.9 99.2 107.2 116.9 136.1 134.5 131.4 109.3 112.3 93.8 114.2 1341.8
Whangarei 81.2 95.2 118.1 98.9 111.2 131.5 168.6 128.4 112.2 85.3 77.1 96.4 1304.0
Auckland 73.3 66.1 87.3 99.4 112.6 126.4 145.1 118.4 105.1 100.2 85.8 92.8 1212.4
Wellington 75.7 69.8 87.1 83.6 112.9 132.8 137.5 113.7 97.8 114.9 97.0 84.4 1207.1
Tauranga 76.0 86.6 92.7 120.9 105.7 115.7 127.4 112.3 87.6 90.4 75.3 90.3 1180.9
Invercargill 115.0 87.1 97.4 95.9 114.4 104.0 85.2 75.6 84.2 95.0 90.4 105.0 1149.3
Manapouri 85.4 84.3 86.5 90.0 100.9 101.8 82.0 93.9 100.0 107.7 91.1 105.1 1128.6
Hamilton 76.3 68.7 79.4 80.3 99.7 113.2 118.2 103.4 91.5 91.9 85.0 100.7 1108.2
Gisborne 56.2 71.3 91.4 98.2 101.3 104.6 127.7 76.2 73.5 72.5 67.1 56.2 996.2
Taupo 77.3 67.9 66.5 68.4 74.9 92.8 96.0 87.4 81.6 86.2 67.9 93.6 960.3
Nelson 76.5 63.5 70.8 80.9 82.0 92.7 77.6 81.9 85.1 87.2 78.3 83.6 960.1
Masterton 44.4 68.9 84.5 54.0 93.6 105.3 90.9 86.7 73.7 77.2 77.5 70.9 927.6
Wanganui 59.2 75.5 62.9 69.2 79.5 88.8 85.3 74.4 73.7 88.0 75.4 86.4 918.2
Palmerston North 55.0 67.8 51.8 65.9 71.5 95.1 82.5 76.9 86.1 96.4 80.9 87.5 917.3
Chatham Islands 54.9 63.9 84.7 75.7 87.9 107.8 84.7 84.4 71.1 63.4 66.7 66.3 911.3
Napier 46.8 54.3 66.8 67.9 74.8 82.1 108.3 60.1 57.9 59.9 52.4 53.5 784.8
Queenstown 64.7 50.3 53.4 56.2 68.5 71.5 50.3 66.2 62.4 66.4 63.6 75.3 748.9
Dunedin 72.9 67.8 64.0 50.9 64.7 57.9 57.1 55.7 48.3 61.7 56.4 80.2 737.6
Blenheim 48.9 49.4 46.5 52.7 60.6 70.7 74.3 62.2 65.2 67.4 55.0 58.1 711.0
Kaikoura 46.0 46.8 62.6 51.8 56.9 75.9 100.6 56.5 50.1 62.7 55.5 44.6 710.1
Christchurch 38.3 42.3 44.8 46.2 63.7 60.9 68.4 64.4 41.1 52.8 45.8 49.5 618.2
Lake Tekapo 43.6 35.9 48.8 45.2 56.5 60.0 49.6 58.4 50.4 49.5 41.3 52.2 591.6
Timaru 46.5 51.7 47.6 38.7 46.6 38.8 46.2 43.8 36.5 49.5 49.6 52.8 548.3
Alexandra 50.1 32.8 29.0 22.0 27.4 31.6 24.2 17.6 20.9 28.7 30.6 44.5 359.4
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South Island is it. Queenstown/Wanaka is the heart of all the adraneline stuff to do. You would do two weeks entirely on the South Island, or ten days followed with four days around Auckland.

Weatherwise I'd say December through March is your best bet. I was in the South Island for two weeks that spanned the end of February and the beginning of March last year, and the weather was brilliant with the only real rain near Mount Cook. New Zealand is infamous for microclimates so the weather can vary greatly in short distances. February may be the best month altogether because the summer holidays are over but the weather is still great.

Will you be going on your own or with others?
Thanks DXB - I wouldn't be able to do 2 weeks ie 14 days, 9-10 days would be the maximum, including travel days.
I was looking to go around May/Jun but it seems the weather is completely pants - will that be case?
I'm actually planning on going on my own since I can't get anyone to join me - I have only ever done a holiday on my mine the once and hated it....but figured I have no option and must try it alone again lol
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Originally Posted by Miss Ann Thrope View Post
South Island west coast is magnificent but it rains a lot all year round see Hokitika (a lovely place) from Scamp's data dump above. But where else in the world can you stand metres from a glacier in a rainforest (while it's raining) within 15 minutes drive of a beach?
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Err SCAMP thanks for that
I should have shared the link really, doesn't come out very clearly at all eh.

I'm very jealous. I hope you have a wonderful time down there.
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I should have shared the link really, doesn't come out very clearly at all eh.

I'm very jealous. I hope you have a wonderful time down there.
aww thanks SCAMP....haven't booked anything yet because I am trying to figure out what is so bad weather wise during May-Jun
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aww thanks SCAMP....haven't booked anything yet because I am trying to figure out what is so bad weather wise during May-Jun
All of it by the sounds of it, but **** it, might get lucky. We did Cape Town in August last year and was glorious - cool, warm, blue skies, rained once.....but most of all, a totally refreshing change from Dubai summer...
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All of it by the sounds of it, but **** it, might get lucky. We did Cape Town in August last year and was glorious - cool, warm, blue skies, rained once.....but most of all, a totally refreshing change from Dubai summer...
been doing some more googling and it appears May-Jun is when their winter kicks in and temperatures in the south island rang from 1C to 12C - that's frigging cold lol
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