Christchurch, New Zealand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Christchurch, New Zealand? If you're planning to go to Christchurch, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Christchurch, New Zealand

Based on the climate and weather in Christchurch, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Christchurch, New Zealand by month

January

January is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage

February

February in Christchurch is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

March

In March, Christchurch is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) and once in a while jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Christchurch, with several of the days of the month having rain. In March, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks

April

Traveling to Christchurch in April, you will notice that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans

May

If you vacation in Christchurch during May, you are likely to find that it is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly. There is frost once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans

June

If you vacation in Christchurch during June, you are likely to find that it can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time. There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear

July

July in Christchurch can be brisk and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) to low 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Socks

August

August in Christchurch can be brisk and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time.

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average. There is frost regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

September

September in Christchurch is chilly and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat

October

October in Christchurch can be chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about a third of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat

November

November in this region is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear

December

December here is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Christchurch, New Zealand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Christchurch, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types I
  • A SIM card that works in Christchurch
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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