The month of November marks the end of spring and the beginning of summer in New Zealand, with beautiful flowers beginning to bloom and the weather taking a turn for sunnier climes. Most tourists don’t arrive until the height of summer during December, so it’s the perfect time to get a head start on exploring what this wonderous destination has to offer!
Weather in New Zealand in November
The weather in New Zealand during November is typically warm and dry – great for making the most of the outdoors - with temperatures varying from 12°c to 27°c across the North and South Islands; the further south you travel, the colder it gets! Although the heavy rain and strong winds tend to settle down during the month, it’s always useful to have a waterproof coat with you in case you’re caught in a brief rain shower.
What to pack for New Zealand in November
One of the biggest attractions of New Zealand in November is its blossoming natural beauty. Although the ski season may be over, it’s the perfect time for exploring the landscapes as they’re wondrously revealed from beneath the winter’s snow. If you’re looking to head out hiking, make sure you pack your hiking boots – these terrains aren’t the easiest to traverse! As for what to wear, it’s all about layers. The weather can change day to day, so it’s important to be able to dress accordingly, whether it’s a thick, thermal jumper or a lightweight t-shirt. Finally, don’t forget your sun cream – even on a cloudy day in November, intense UV rays make this a travel essential!
Where to go in New Zealand in November
With lambs bounding through the fields and fruit trees blooming amongst the greenery, spring is the perfect time to head for the countryside of New Zealand. Travel to the Bay of Islands, where you’ll find the world-famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ or visit the small town of Taupo – a fabulous year-round destination which peacefully resides at the edge of Australasia's largest lake. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the area’s outstanding beauty, Huka Lodge is located just a short walk from the lake, as well as the mighty cascades of Huka Falls.
Seeking a little more indulgence? Queenstown is the place for you. The beauty of Queenstown in November sees the combination of the final snow lingering on the mountains and the lush green landscapes bursting into colour. There is so much to do - from boutique shopping and exceptional dining, to thrilling outdoor pursuits - plus a plethora of luxury hotels. Only 15 minutes from Queenstown Airport, you’ll discover the rich heritage of Eichardt's Private Hotel – home to the iconic Eichardt's Bar, which has welcomed travellers from around the world since 1867.
Things to do in New Zealand in November
It’s well known that New Zealand is one of the world’s most action-packed destinations, and with the weather in November remaining relatively settled, there’s no better time to head out and explore. For adventurous spirits, there’s boundless walking and hiking trails to traverse, as well as adrenaline-fuelled activities, including daring bungy jumps and skydives, which are guaranteed to get your heart racing.
For a slower paced luxury holiday, it’s essential to sample some of New Zealand’s famous wines, along with fresh food created with local produce. You may even wish to savour a luxury dinner cruise, sailing across glistening blue waters while you’re served mouth-watering cuisine in an unforgettable setting. Alternatively, sightseeing from a helicopter is a truly magnificent way to admire New Zealand’s breathtaking landscapes, from the gin-clear water of Lake Taupo, to the striking surroundings of Milford Sound.
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