Although the weather conditions do vary somewhat depending on which part of New Zealand one lives in, expats might be surprised by how much wetter New Zealand is compared to nearby Australia.

Auckland has a generally warm and wet, almost sub-tropical, climate. Summers are humid, while winters are mild and rainy. Tropical cyclones do occur occasionally, and cold fronts are not uncommon in the colder months.

Wellington has a windy, mild climate. Temperatures seldom exceed 64°F (18°C), and won’t drop much below 47°F (8°C), even in June, which is typically the coldest month.

Queenstown has some of New Zealand’s best weather. It has an oceanic climate, with snowy winters and blue skies, while summers bring fresh, warm days. 

Christchurch enjoys a dry and temperate climate, with hot summers and manageably mild winters. While winters offer clear, crisp days, and freezing nights, Christchurch does experience some smog, and year-round rain.