The climate year of New Zealand
Ever since the first part of the "Lord of the Rings"trilogy filmed in New Zealand was released in 2001 (which has since been cinematically complemented by the Hobbit series), the country has been an extremely popular destination for film enthusiasts from all over the world. The geographically quite remote island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean delights with year-round mild temperatures and magnificent landscapes. New Zealand is a distinctly green island, which is due on the one hand to the very sparse population (about 1/3 of the population lives in the metropolitan area Auckland) and on the other hand to the fact that there is hardly any industry. The local population lives mainly from tourism and agriculture. The climatic conditions in New Zealand differ depending on the location. On the North Island, visitors will find a rather subtropical climate, where mild temperatures prevail, fluctuating rather slightly throughout the year. In the south, on the other hand, it is much cooler, with temperatures of around - 10 °C not uncommon in the inland areas in winter. In the coastal regions, however, the climate is decidedly mild, with frequent hours of sunshine and moderate rainfall.
General information about New Zealand
New Zealanders have now adapted to the growing Middle Earth tourism and offer guided tours of the filming areas. Even the Hobbit village known from the films, including the famous pub "Zum Grünen Drachen" can be found by visitors originally built in the town of Matamata. However, New Zealand has much more to offer than just an impressive film set. The national parks, such as the 1.25 million hectare Fiordland National Park or the Abel Tasman National Park in the south, are also worth seeing. Another very popular destination is the spa town of Rotorua with its famous "Thermal Wonderlands". The cultural center of the island state is the capital Wellington, while the city of Auckland is known as the City of Sails. Whale watching is best done at the Kaikoura spot on the South Island.
Tourism New Zealand
Since New Zealand is located in the southern hemisphere of the earth, the seasons are exactly opposite to those in Europe. The warmest months are January and February, while July is the coldest. In addition, the rule is that the further south you go, the cooler it gets. The subtropical climate in the north is mild all year round, while in the winters in the south, sub-zero temperatures are to be expected. However, there are no such extreme temperature differences in the course of the year as in the continental climate. On the other hand, New Zealand has a lot of sunshine hours - on average about 2000 per year. The sunniest places are Nelson / Marlborough, Hawke's Bay and the Bay of Plenty.