Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand? If you're planning to go to Nelson Lakes National Park, we've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand

Based on the climate and weather in Nelson Lakes National Park, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

Important essentials for Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand

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

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What to wear/what to pack for Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand by month

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January

January in Nelson Lakes National Park is mild. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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February

If you visit Nelson Lakes National Park during February, you may notice that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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March

March in Nelson Lakes National Park is mild. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain regularly.

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April

If you visit Nelson Lakes National Park during April, you will probably find that it is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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May

In May, Nelson Lakes National Park is brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (low 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Nelson Lakes National Park, with several of the days of the month having rain.

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June

June is brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

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July

July for Nelson Lakes National Park is brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains regularly.

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August

August in Nelson Lakes National Park can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain regularly.

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September

September in Nelson Lakes National Park can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

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October

October in Nelson Lakes National Park is crisp and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

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November

November in Nelson Lakes National Park is 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.

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December

Traveling to Nelson Lakes National Park in December, you will notice that it is mild and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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Activities for Nelson Lakes National Park, New Zealand

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Nelson Lakes National Park.

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