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NZ in August

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NZ in August
13 years ago, May 24th 2008 No: 1 Msg: #36234  
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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? Reply to this

13 years ago, May 24th 2008 No: 2 Msg: #36250  
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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. Reply to this

13 years ago, July 6th 2008 No: 3 Msg: #41108  
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 Reply to this

13 years ago, July 8th 2008 No: 4 Msg: #41287  
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 .... Reply to this

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