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Seasons and Weather in New Zealand

If you are traveling to New Zealand but wondering what to wear, what to pack or even when to go, then look no further! We have all the information on all of New Zealand’s seasons and what to expect :

Winter

From June to August you will find snowy mountains and crisp days. This is a great time for winter sports lovers to enjoy the ski, taste wine or see the winter festivals in action.

Spring

Spring takes place in New Zealand from September all the way until November, which may be completely backwards from what North Americans are used to. Spring is a great time to visit if you are interested in seeing the wildlife and nature as it is when everything comes to life; from baby animals to fresh flowers, there is new life everywhere. This is also waterfall season which is relatively self explanatory. In terms of temperatures, Spring temps range from 4.5 all the way to 18 degrees, which is the same as between 40 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Summer

Summer months are from December all the way to February so yes, that means Green Christmas for the kiwis! This season is when most people visit, especially from North America, to escape their own winter which may not be as warm and sunny. This is a great time to visit if you are looking for a sun and sand type vacation. Temperatures range from 21 to 32 degrees on average, which is about 70-90 degrees Farenheit

Fall

March to May is when you can find autumn. This is when the leaves turn golden but the sun stays warm. It is many locals’ favourite season and is a great time for nature and adventure lovers as the hiking, biking and kayaking is at its prime. These activities are great in the fall because it isn’t too hot, as it only ranges between 7 and 21 degrees or 45-70 Farenheit.

Banking and Currency in New Zealand

In New Zealand, the currency is the New Zealand dollar and it is known to rise and fall with the prices of its key exports, such as dairy products. The currency is known to be volatile and therefore risky for investors, but often pay off well.

Currently the NZD is worth 0.66USD which is relatively standard, with some day to day fluctuations. The New Zealand Dollar is currently worth 0.56 Euros which has gone down steadily over the last month, having gone from 0.58 EUR to 0.56 in a matter of just hours.

The coins come in 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as one and two dollar coins and the notes or bills come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, very similar to the denominations of Canadian coins and bills. However, the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins have recently been discontinued so some prices are subject to rounding, either up or down, depending on the price. Since they use the Swedish rounding system, anything ending in 1-4 is rounded down and 6-9 is rounded up.

Speaking of foreign currency, you can trade your foreign currency for New Zealand dollars at hotels, banks and even designated kiosks.

Interestingly, despite the volatile currency, there is absolutely no restriction on the amount of your home or foreign currency that can be brought in or taken with you from New Zealand, the only requirement is the completion of a form for amounts greater than NZ$10 000.

In terms of taxes, goods and services see a 15% tax, known as the GST which is always included in the price you see on the price tag. The only time you will not have to pay GST is if you have a major purchase shipped to your home address.