New Zealand Seasons:
Summer: December 1 - February 29
During the summer - particularly the Christmas and New Year period - New Zealand is very busy. The most popular destinations during the summer school holidays
(mid December to late January) tend to be the lakes and beaches everywhere. The Coromandel is the holiday area for Auckland and is always crowded.
During New Zealand's summer holidays:
Be prepared for heavier traffic - particularly on the main State Highways
Book accommodation well in advance – almost impossible to get anything around the week of Christmas through New Year’s unless you do.
Fall: March 1 - May 31
During the New Zealand fall season most tourist destinations are relatively uncrowded.
During Fall in New Zealand:
Be aware of the busy April school holidays
Drive carefully on the roads during the busy Easter weekend break
Watch for icy roads as winter draws near
Sometimes the wind and rain begin to set in by May
Winter: June 1 - August 31
Winter in New Zealand means an influx of visitors to alpine resort towns up and down the country.
All skiing areas and resorts are likely to be busy, particularly during the winter holidays.
During Winter in New Zealand:
Book accommodation well in advance in the ski areas
Drive carefully - watch for ice, and check for road closures or road weather warnings
Some of the top New Zealand winter holiday destinations are:
South Island – Queenstown. Wanaka, Hanmer Springs
North island – Taupo, Whakapapa, Ohakune
Spring: September 1 - November 31
Spring in New Zealand is generally warm, and a great time to enjoy the outdoors. School holidays are in late September.
During Spring in New Zealand:
Drive carefully during the busy Labour Weekend holiday (last Monday in October)
Watch for closed amenities and attractions during regional holidays