I know it is winter in August but what is NZ like in general to see during winter?
I could go skiing for a few days and then look around the South Islands and then maybe spend 2 weeks in the North.
Is it better to go in February?
I am trying to take advantage of my RTW ticket but maybe I should head back to the UK at Xmas and then buy another to head back round to NZ?
Late January/Feb/March is usually the most consistently fine weather. That said, you won't be able to go skiing then :-)
There's ski fields in both the North Island and the South Island.
You could be lucky with the weather, last year at the end of July we spent a week in Queenstown snowboarding and exploring on alternate days and it was perfect clear blue skies (just a tad cold!)
Coming to NZ in Feb would definitely be my pick as its as close as you can get to guaranteed good weather, long days etc
Family tell me they have just started a huge freeze! Snow on ranges of hills that haven't had snow in ages. Often the passes in the south island are blocked by snow in winter. That said - it is stunning when its fine and everything is white! (Sth Island)
North Island can be just plain miserable - rain rain rain ...and snow in the middle.
I would go to the south in winter, but not the north. North is made for summer - golden sands, islands off shore ....