When to Go

High Season (Dec–Feb)

  • Summer brings busy beaches, gorgeous tramping weather, festivals and sporting events.
  • Accommodation prices rise in most destinations – book ahead.
  • High season in ski towns is winter (June to August).

Shoulder (Mar–Apr)

  • Prime travelling time: fine weather, autumn colours, warm(ish) ocean and long evenings.
  • Queues are shorter and popular road-trip routes are clear, particularly after Easter.
  • Spring (September to November) means the end of snow season as well as cute lambs.

Low Season (May–Aug)

  • Brilliant southern-hemisphere skiing and snowboarding from mid-June.
  • Outside ski resorts, get accommodation deals and a seat in any restaurant.
  • Warm-weather beach towns may be half asleep so reserve accommodation ahead.