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Best month to visit new zealand?

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Best month to visit new zealand?

We plan a 9-10 day motor home tour of north and south islands but are debating about the month to go.

We prefer not to go at the height of the season due to cost, therefore which month would be the best for least rainfall? We can visit anytime May to November.

Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Best month to visit new zealand?

If you want the best rainfall, then come in September. Visit the West Coast and Milford Sound and you will not be disapointed.

If you are wanting fine and rerasonably settled weather, then March April.

May is the beginning of winter, and at sometime during may, a southerly blast will come through, and that is the end of summer and winter begins.

We tend to get an occilation with Sept wet, oct ok Nov wet, Dec fine. This year Dec has had some wet as well.

As you are limited to May / November, I would then look oat October

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2. Re: Best month to visit new zealand?


May is of course late autumn /beginning of winter and it can be very pleasant but unforunately this cannot be guaranteed. October/November is spring when the weather starts to get better. Also the days will be getting longer and daylight saving (the equivalent of your summer time) starts around the end of September. I would recommend therefore October /November.

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3. Re: Best month to visit new zealand?

Welcome to the forum Mamajulie :)

9 or 10 days in a motor-home will allow a small circuit of part of the North Island, or a small section of the South Island. You won't have time to visit both islands.

Also if wanting a budget holiday, a motor-home is seldom the most economical way to travel. Once you add up the rental costs, the increased fuel and insurance costs and the daily campsite fees it can become quite expensive. The most affordable way to travel is rent a car and stay in campsite cabins or at backpackers.

Hope this helps, happy planning :)

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