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Seasons & Weather

The climate of New Zealand is varied due to the country's diverse landscape. New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. Its climate is dominated by two main geographical features: the mountains and the sea.
Most regions of New Zealand belong to the temperate zone with a maritime climate characterised by four distinct seasons.

Summer: New Zealand’s summer months are December to February, bringing high temperatures and sunshine.
Autumn: March to May are New Zealand’s autumn months. While temperatures are a little cooler than summer, the weather can be excellent, and it is possible to swim in some places until April
Winter: New Zealand’s winter months of June to August bring colder weather to much of the country, and more rain to most areas in the North Island. Mountain ranges in both islands become snow-covered.
Spring: Spring lasts from September to November, and New Zealand’s spring weather can range from cold and frosty to warm and hot.

Boat Cruising Seasons
New Zealand is best enjoyed during the peak summer months of December, January and February, although the cruise season officially kicks off in early October, with most of the major activity winding down toward the end of April.
>See New Zealand weather service for more information:

Time zone

Time in New Zealand is divided by law into two standard time zones:

New Zealand
UTC +12:00
DST (Daylight Saving Time)> UTC+13:00 from the last Sunday in September until the first Sunday in April
Chatham Islands
DST (Daylight Saving Time)> UTC+13:45 from the last Sunday in September until the first Sunday in April


111 - police/fire/ambulance


Driving: Left side
Electricity: Type I, 230V / 50Hz


NZ +64 (0) IDC (International Dialing Code)
Do not dial the first 0 when dialing from overseas.

Mobiles: mobile phones numbers begin with 02, followed by seven to nine digits (usually eight): (0n) nnn nnnn
Landlines: landline phone numbers have a total of 8 to 10 digits digits excluding the leading 0: (0n) nnn nnnn , (0nn) nnn nnnn, (0nnn) nnn nnn

Phone/WIFI Coverage
Wi-Fi: Free WiFi hotspots are found predominantly in urban areas and are not common in small towns or rural regions. All of New Zealand’s Public Libraries have a free WiFi service. Some cafes and restaurants also have a free WiFi service when you purchase food or drink.
Prepaid SIM cards are widely available and can be used with an unlocked international mobile phone.


NZD ‎$ New Zealand Dollar, 100 cents per Dollar
Credit cards are widely accepted.

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