New Zealand winter climate zones

Discover the different climate zones across New Zealand and how they affect winter weather conditions. From the mild temperatures of the far north to the heavy snow and frost of the south, understanding the climate zones is important for choosing the right insulation, heating, and energy solutions for your home.

ZoneDistrictsTowns/CitiesWinter ConditionsApprox. Winter Temp. Range
1Far North, Whangārei, Kaipara, Auckland, Thames-Coromandel, Western Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, Whakatāne, Kawerau, ŌpotikiKaitāia, Kerikeri, Paihia, Whangārei, Auckland, Thames, WhakatāneMild and wet with occasional frosts8°C to 16°C
2Hauraki, Waikato, Matamata-Piako, Hamilton, Waipa, Otorohanga, South Waikato, Waitomo, Gisborne, Wairoa, Hastings, Napier, Central Hawke’s Bay, New Plymouth, Stratford, South Taranaki, WhanganuiHamilton, New Plymouth, Wanganui, Gisborne, NapierMild with occasional frosts4°C to 14°C
3Manuwatū, Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Rangitīkei South, Kāpiti Coast, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, Kaikōura, Chatham IslandsPalmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim, Nelson, KaikōuraCool with occasional snow and frost0°C to 10°C
4Taupō, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Rangitīkei North, Tararua, Upper Hutt, Masterton, Carterton, South Wairarapa, Buller, Grey, WestlandTaupō, Rotorua, Upper Hutt, Masterton, Westport, HokitikaCool to cold with occasional snow-2°C to 8°C
5Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch, Selwyn, Ashburton, Timarau, Waitaki East, Waimate, Dunedin, CluthaChristchurch, Timaru, DunedinCold with occasional snow and frost-4°C to 6°C
6Mackenzie, Waitaki West, Central Otago, Queenstown Lakes, Southland, Gore, InvercargillTwizel, Alexandra, Queenstown, Gore, Oamaru, InvercargillVery cold with frequent snow and frost-6°C to 4°C