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It's not that New Zealand hibernates in its winter months (far from it), but in September, the first month of spring, there is so much activity in terms of festivals and events, that you may find it hard to choose the most appealing.
The weather in September is typical of spring – the days start to get longer, the sun has a bit more heat and there's still a reasonable amount of water around (rain and snowmelt). So what can you expect? On the North Island, temperatures between 7 to 17°C and on the South Island, anything from 5 to 17°C. Pack for 'four seasons' in a day and you won't go far wrong!
White Water Rafting – If you want to enjoy the most exciting river levels, then September's weather makes this the best month to go rafting. Melting spring snow makes for the most challenging whitewater rafting as the rivers run fast and furiously. (Don't worry! Whitewater rafting in New Zealand is led by some of the best, most experienced and safety-conscious rafting guides in the world).
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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|