New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. New Zealand is gloriously uncrowned with a population of only four million.
History of New Zealand is rich and fascinating. It has unique mix of Maori and European culture.
About 1000 Years ago Māori were the first to arrive in New Zealand, journeying in canoes from Hawaiki. A Dutchman, Abel Tasman, was the first European to arrive in the country but.
The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, an agreement between the British Crown and Maori. It is considered as important part of the country’s history as it established British law in New Zealand. Th Waitagi Treaty Grounds are popular attraction. The building where the treaty was signed has been preserved.
You'll find amazing Māori historic sites and taonga (treasures) - as well as beautiful colonial-era buildings - dotted throughout the country. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.
As New Zealand is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, it has opposite seasons to those living in the northern part of the world.
Summer: December – February
Temperature stays around 20-30 degrees Celsius. You can wear shorts and a t-shirt or singlet during the day for most of the place.
Autumn/Fall: March – May
A temperature during autumn normally stays a little cooler than summer but the New Zealand weather can be excellent. You should consider clothing like light pants or shorts, and a t-shirt or long-sleeved top. It does cool off at night more during this season, so make sure you are prepared with warm cloths.
Winter: June – August
Winter in New Zealand brings colder weather to much of the country, with snow in the south and rain in the north. You’ll need jeans, long-sleeved tops and coats in most places, and if you’re heading into the mountains thermals, gloves and thick sweaters are also a good idea.
Spring: September – November
Spring brings weather of all types – expect everything from cold, frosty, clear days to sunny and hot. Make sure you are prepared for this type of weather if you are visiting during this time. Jeans are good and layers work well on top, as they can be added and removed depending on what the weather brings.
Four Seasons in One Day
New Zealand weather can change unexpectedly. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature if you're going hiking or doing other outdoor activities.