New Zealand's climate is generally temperate, with mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and plenty of sunshine. However, the climate can vary significantly depending on where in the country you are. The North Island tends to be warmer and more humid than the South Island, while coastal areas tend to be milder than inland. The country is also known for its changeable weather patterns, which can bring sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions. New Zealand is typically wetter than nearby Australia, with higher average rainfall across the country. Overall, the weather in New Zealand is mainly milder and more stable than in many other parts of the world, making it a popular destination for expats seeking a comfortable and pleasant climate.

Auckland has a typically warm and wet, almost subtropical, climate. Summers are humid, while winters are mild and rainy. Tropical cyclones do occur occasionally, and cold fronts are not uncommon in the colder months.

Wellington has a windy, mild climate. Temperatures seldom exceed 64°F (18°C), and won't drop much below 47°F (8°C), even in June, which is typically the coldest month.

Queenstown has some of New Zealand's best weather. It has an oceanic climate, with snowy winters and blue skies, while summers bring fresh, warm days.

Christchurch enjoys a dry and temperate climate, with hot summers and manageably mild winters. While winters offer clear, crisp days, and freezing nights, Christchurch does experience some smog and year-round rain.