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MATE IN NEWZEALAND

New Zealand is a dream destination. From the crystal waters of the Abel Tasman, to the expanse of Northland’s Ninety Mile Beach, to the mountains surrounding Queenstown — the country knows no shortage of breathtaking scenery. Visitors can experience the best of it by hiking, lazing at the beach, or soaking up views from a vineyard with a glass of local pinot noir in hand. With flight durations from the West Coast around 13 hours long, this trip does require a bit of planning. Use this guide to determine the best time for your bucket-list trip to New Zealand.

WHEN AND WHERE TO FIND THE BEST WEATHER

The two main islands that make up the country, appropriately called the North Island and the South Island, are long and narrow: meaning the weather can change rapidly and be vastly different from one end to the other. In Auckland, temperatures typically hover in the high 40s during the winter and rise to the low 70s in the summer, although days can get much warmer. On the North Island’s east coast, Hawke’s Bay has a reputation for year-round sunshine, and Queenstown, on the South Island, has warm, sunny summers and winters that dip into near-freezing temperatures. Some regions experience slightly more rainfall in the winter and others in the summer, but there is no true ‘rainy season’ in New Zealand. Travelers should be aware no matter when or where they’re going, New Zealand weather is unpredictable, and it’s likely to rain at least a little bit at any time of year.