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

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

When to go to South Island, New Zealand

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

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

January

January in this region is mild. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in South Island 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.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March here is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in South Island is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, South Island is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for South Island, with several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in South Island is brisk and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

It tends to rain 5-10 days this month. There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof footwear

July

Traveling to South Island in July, you will notice that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof footwear

August

If you visit South Island during August, you are likely to find that it can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you go to South Island in September, you will notice that it can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in South Island is chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you go to South Island in November, you will notice that it is chilly and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in South Island is crisp and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in South Island, 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 South Island
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing

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