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New Zealand Climate from November until April- The Best One City

New Zealand Climate from November until April- The Best One City

Old Mar 20th, 2013, 08:04 AM
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New Zealand Climate from November until April- The Best One City

Hi, We are planning to be in New Zealand from November1 until April 1. As a base, which one city would be best for the warmest weather during that time? We would plan to have an apartment in that city and make side trips from there. Thanks so much for any help you can give us.
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Old Mar 20th, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Wow, four months in New Zealand! Sounds lovely.

What are your interests? What do you plan to do while you're in NZ?

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Old Mar 20th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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Which island?
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Old Mar 20th, 2013, 06:46 PM
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Hi, Thanks for your replies. We are retired and warm weather is our first priority, so it doesn't matter which island we would use as our base. We enjoy learning about the culture ,finding neat restaurants and traveling around to just enjoy the country and the people. Given that, where would you think the best weather would be during those months?
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Old Mar 20th, 2013, 07:14 PM
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The North Island generally has warmer weather than the south. Wellington might be an option, unless you're into big cities, in which case Auckland is the obvious choice.

The tip of the South Island also has warmer weather than the rest of the SI.

If it were me, I'd go for someplace like Nelson, but it's a long way from the best of the SI, IMO, which is much further south. Nelson boats the most sunshine hours on the South Island.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2013, 05:17 AM
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Would you be making day trips, multi-day drives, or flights to other parts of New Zealand from your base? Would you be buying or renting a car, or using public transit to get around? Would your base mainly be a place to park your stuff and receive your mail, and catch your breath and rest between trips?

Have you considered renting a camper van for the first month to first two months of your trip to tour around both islands and then, after having visited different areas, settling down in an apartment in one place for the rest of your stay?
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Old Mar 22nd, 2013, 03:18 PM
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November, Dec ember and first couple weeks of January weather can be variable. Good weather really kicks in mid January and February to March.

Remember, when you're on holiday, weather is an attitude and not reality. If you let weather ruin a holiday, you won't enjoy life to the fullest.

Auckland will generally be warmer than Wellington. A good base to look at the Noth Island, and good base to get cheap flights to Christchurch to visit the South Island.

Wellington is say 4 to 8 degrees C cooler than Auckland.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2013, 10:31 AM
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I'd rethink your plan and split your stay between several different locations. Following makka's idea, start in the north for November and December and work your way south.

Auckland is the main hub for domestic flights, has a warm climate (although can be humid and rainy). However it's likely to be expensive. Trying to get too cheap there could get you in some bad neighborhoods, as in any big city.
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