When to Go

High Season (Jul & Aug)

  • Especially busy because of European school holidays.
  • It’s winter – balmy temperatures by day and cool nights (cold in the highlands).
  • There’s also a spike of high-season activity at Christmas/New Year.

Shoulder (Apr–Jun, Sep–Dec)

  • The best time to go: warm temperatures and fewer visitors.
  • Because of the rain, some attractions close early (November), others reopen late (June).

Low Season (Jan–Mar)

  • Cyclone season: the east coast is particularly vulnerable, but all coastal areas are susceptible.
  • Rainy season everywhere – many areas inaccessible.
  • Discounts available in most hotels.