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Between May and September, the 'cold weather' months in New Zealand, you will need warm clothing for the days, evenings and nights. In the North Island, generally the slightly warmer of the two main islands, temperatures in May can drop to 9-11°C even in the Bay of Islands. On the South Island, the temperature can quite easily drop to 6°C.
Although the weather in May is cooler than in the earlier autumn months, there is still a great choice of outdoor activities to enjoy. Simply wrap up warm and enjoy:
When you visit New Zealand in May, it is best to pack lots of layers, so you can adapt to changes in outdoor and indoor temperatures. If you don't have much cool weather clothing, then an easy solution is to buy what the New Zealand locals are wearing. (Just remember your luggage allowance when you're packing up to leave for home again!).
Our overview of New Zealand's typical weather by month can help you plan your holiday, unmissable highlights for the month (e.g. events and festivals), sightseeing and activities and even your packing. But do be warned – these are not weather forecasts, so expect some of the unexpected during your stay!
|Spring Weather||Summer Weather||Autumn Weather||Winter Weather|
Find out: where to expect 'four seasons in one day', where to find New Zealand's semi-tropical regions, which city is the sunniest, where to experience the most rainfall and discover which city is the country's windiest.
|North Island Weather and Climate||South Island Weather and Climate|
|Bay of Islands||Queenstown|