Welcome to the New Zealand winter! Yes, June is the beginning of winter in New Zealand, and many things are going on during this time. Needless to say, you'll need special warming if you're spending time on South Island. While June is the start of the snow sports season in New Zealand, for other areas away from snow, June is actually one of the cheapest months to travel to New Zealand.
Find out whether June is a good month to visit New Zealand, what you can do, where you can go and how New Zealand's weather is in June.
New Zealand weather in June
Since it is the beginning of winter, it goes without saying that you should pack some warm winter gear. Along with that, pack some waterproofs, especially if traveling to the North Island. If Auckland is one of your destinations in June, be prepared for rainy weather. The city receives most of the rain in June, July, and August.
Temperatures on the South Island are cooler in the North Island, but as the rainfall is less, the days are bright, crisp day (great with clear, winter sunshine) is the ideal time to visit the West Coast glacier, South Alps and other areas of particular beauty.
North Island temperature: High temperature of about 15 ° C or more and low of 3 ° C
South Island Temperature: High temperature around 13 ° C and lows of -2 ° C.
Things you need to know in June in New Zealand
Wrap up warm. As well as packing a rain jacket, pack yourself some thermic layers made from wool or polypropylene to take the cold off.
If you are coming to New Zealand mainly for snow sports, then we recommend coming in July, August or even September.
Although June is the start of the winter season in New Zealand, this is when the snow only starts falling, so not many areas of the ski fields will be opened.
In addition to the towns near the ski resorts, you won't need to worry too much about early bookings to travel in June. June is a quiet season in New Zealand, so this gives you more flexibility without stress in finding accommodation or fully booked activities.
If you are planning to drive over mountain routes or to ski fields, hire or buy some snow chains. Otherwise, you will likely not need them in other areas of New Zealand.
Things to do in June in New Zealand
June is not only the first month to go skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand, but also a good month to drive a beautiful winter if you are into seeing winter scenery.
Driving on New Zealand roads can be dangerous in the winter due to snow, black ice and having to drive through mountains like Lindis Pass.
But if you drive carefully and carry chains, you will be able to experience and see some of the most beautiful winter landscapes in the Southern Hemisphere.
Other winter activities include ice skating and heliskiing, but you can also do activities that you usually do in warmer weather like jet boating, kayaking, walking, parachuting, skydiving, ballooning or bungee jump.
Not all tour operators tend to stop operating in the winter, because winter is one of two peak seasons in New Zealand.
You can even go walking on low-altitude trails or snowshoeing on higher elevation trails. I especially like to hike in winter, because the temperature is cooler and the lighting is ideal for landscape photography.
The sun tends to lie low on the horizon in winter, so the light quality is very good in the winter.
Hopefully, this article will help you have a great trip in June in New Zealand.
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