While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. The average New Zealand temperature decreases as you travel south. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.
Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas - Bay of Plenty, Hawke's Bay and Nelson/Marlborough - receiving over 2,350 hours. As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. New Zealand experiences relatively little air pollution compared to many other countries, which makes the UV rays in our sunlight very strong.
New Zealand's average rainfall is high and evenly spread throughout the year. Over the northern and central areas of New Zealand more rain falls in winter than in summer. Snow typically appears during the months of June through October, though cold snaps can occur outside these months. Most snow in New Zealand falls in the mountainous areas, like the Turangi area.
Lake Taupo Area
Lake Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.
Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.
But what Lake Taupo is really known for is fishing. The town of Turangi has the largest natural trout fishery in the world; this is the place to cast a line and look for the big one. Turangi also happens to provide a convenient base for exploring Tongariro National Park, whether it be walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (New Zealand's most popular day walk) or skiing at Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields.
Lake Taupo is centrally located in the middle of the North Island, approximately 4 hours drive from Auckland and 4 hours drive from Wellington. With so much to do, see and experience you will want to stay a while!
Tangata Whenua - People Of The Land
Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of New Zealand. They came here more than 1500 years ago from their homeland of Hawaiki. Today Māori history, language and traditions are central to New Zealand’s identity.
As a visitor to New Zealand, you can experience Māori culture from some of our passionate Adventure Centre guides.
``Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”