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.
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.
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).