Wellington, New Zealand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Wellington, New Zealand? If you're planning to go to Wellington, we have some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

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 Wellington, New Zealand

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

Important essentials for Wellington, New Zealand

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

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have unreliable tap water, so it's important to take an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a great kit.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Wellington, New Zealand

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Wellington.

If you see Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Wellington.

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

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January

In January, Wellington is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Wellington, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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February

If you vacation in Wellington during February, you are likely to see that it is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

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March

Traveling to Wellington in March, you will notice that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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April

In April, Wellington can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) and once in a while jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Wellington, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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May

May in Wellington is cool and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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June

June in Wellington can be brisk and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C).

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July

If you go to Wellington in July, you will notice that it can be very chilly and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

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August

August for Wellington is pretty cool and very rainy. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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September

September in Wellington 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 half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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October

October here is relatively cool and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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November

In November, Wellington is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Wellington, with several of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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December

If you go to Wellington in December, you will notice that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

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