Canterbury is one of NZ's driest regions, as moisture-laden westerlies from the Tasman Sea dump their rainfall on the West Coast before hitting the eastern side of the South Island. Visit from January to March for hot and settled weather, with plenty of opportunities to get active amid the region's spectacular landscapes.
The shoulder seasons of October to November and March to May can be cool and dry, and blissfully uncrowded. Come prepared for all weather; snow is still possible on the mountains.
Hit the winter slopes from July to October at Mt Hutt or on one of Canterbury’s smaller club ski fields.