Climate and Seasons

Seasons

New Zealand benefits from having opposite seasons to the Northern Hemisphere, which is ideal for production timelines. Our winter season runs from June - August, and our summer is December - February. The South Island is a popular location for shooting snow during the Northern Hemisphere summer, with our local crews highly experienced with filming in alpine conditions.

 Seasons Indicator

Climate

The South Island of New Zealand enjoys a largely temperate climate with moderate rainfall and sunlight hours. However, the inland alpine areas of the region experience colder winters, sometimes dropping as low as -10º. Like many countries, weather conditions are never guaranteed, so it's always best to be prepared for a variety of weather circumstances when filming in the region.


Below is a table indicating the average maximum and minimum temperatures and rainfall in Queenstown for each season. Note: this is indicative of Queenstown only. 

  Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Temp (C) 16º / 5º 22º / 10º 16º / 6º 10º / 1º
Temp (F) 61º / 41º 72º / 50º 61º / 43º 50º / 34º
Rain days 9 8 8 7

(Table courtesy of www.tourism.org.nz)

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