New Zealand’s 4 seasons

Throughout the country, New Zealand has 4 distinct seasons, making it a great destination for both summer and winter outdoor pursuits.

As you’d expect, most people choose to camp, hike and bike during summer – daylight hours are longer, the weather is warm and at its driest in most parts of the country.

Many people, including Kiwis, also enjoy camping, hiking and biking in autumn and spring. The nights can get chilly though, so you’ll need to be able to handle cooler temperatures and be well-equipped for changeable weather.

Adventure Capital has a range of packages available designed specifically for New Zealand conditions – we have selected camping and hiking equipment to suit summer, autumn and spring weather so you don’t have to worry about being caught out by unexpected conditions.

Exploring Auckland by bike is fun all year round (Auckland is one of the warmest parts of the country and does not experience snowfall even in the middle of winter).

Wellington and Christchurch do experience harsher winters, so if you are planning on experiencing a self-guided or guided bike tour in these centres, you will need to ensure you wear full length warm clothing, waterproofs and warm gloves that cover your fingers.

Guided bike tours will be cancelled in Wellington and Christchurch if weather limits are exceeded (the risk is higher in winter, of course). In these situations, customers will be fully refunded. In Auckland, we have never had to cancel a guided bike tour due to weather limits being exceeded at any time of the year.

Recommended clothing for your New Zealand adventure holiday

Around the world, extreme weather events are becoming more common. New Zealand is no exception.

We strongly recommend you pack some warm, waterproof clothing for your holiday even if you are travelling during the summer months.

As a minimum, be sure to pack:

  • A quality weatherproof jacket – choose one designed to keep you protected from wind and rain; this means a design with adjustable hood, full length arms and a longer style that can partly cover your thighs.
  • Closed toed walking or hiking shoes – sandals are not sufficient if you are planning on biking or hiking during your visit. Cross trainers used for the gym are not suitable for hiking most New Zealand trails (they do not provide enough support or grip).
  • Merino full-length top – these can be purchased at a reasonable rate in New Zealand from several major retailers if you are visiting from a country where this type of clothing is not readily available.
  • Full length gloves – particularly if you are planning a cycling adventure in the lower North Island or South Island.
  • Merino hat – very important if you are planning a camping holiday and are used to a hot climate; a merino skull cap will help your body retain heat on cooler nights.

Be aware…

During winter. only serious, highly experienced outdoor adventurers head to the hills, mostly during mountain climbing excursions – in winter, our weather conditions can be treacherous so it always pays to go with experienced guides if you plan any winter outdoor pursuits.

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