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South Island – Best time to go

Best time to go to South Island

The best time to visit South Island, New Zealand is from January to March.

January to February are the best times for beach lovers and June to September are ideal for ski trips.

Maximum Daytime Temperature – 23°C

Minimum Night Time Temperature – -1°C

Average rainfall – 40mm per month

Average daylight hours – 11

What’s the weather like in New Zealand’s South Island from January to March?

January to March are the South Island’s summer months, with warm and sunny weather. There is very little rainfall, and average daylight hours are around 14 per day. Average temperatures are around 20°C throughout the day. 

Why visit South Island, New Zealand, from January to March?

• Long warm days make this the ideal time to visit and try activities. March has cooler weather, perfect for hiking and mountain biking
• Lots of sunshine and warm temperatures are ideal for those who prefer to relax on the beach
• The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is held in February each year and features over 200 regional wine and foods
• The school holidays finish in the middle of January, leaving the main attractions relatively quiet

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