Unlike many tourist destinations across the world, New Zealand and the Southern Alps, in particular, have something for different kinds of tourists all year round. This is because its different seasons allow for various activities. When it is snowing, for instance, skiers have a ball while hikers stay away, and vice versa.
The vastness of the mountain also contributes to its versatility. With the ranges stretching over a distance of about 500 km, one part may have completely different climatic conditions from another part. The variation in altitude is also a contributing factor. The best time to visit the Alps thus depends on what you intend to do.
Campers, hikers and gliders travelling to New Zealand need clear weather so they can enjoy their trips fully. The humid and temperate climate makes these conditions available for many days within the year. However, the summer that runs from December to March is the ideal period.
During this season, the days are long, bright and sunny. Weather conditions do not go to extremes, however, with temperatures ranging between 16°C and 24°C. These average temperatures are ideal for most outdoor activities as it is not too hot or too cold. You can even go to the beach without sunscreen!
Interestingly, you do not have to wait for the winter to get on the ice. In high altitude areas, high precipitation causes the presence of glaciers for many months within the year. You can go heli-skiing in these areas as other people enjoy the sun at the beach. The months of May to August are the coldest and the best for extreme ice sports.
New Zealand does not have extreme hot or cold weather at any time of the year. The lowest temperatures in the country would be fair in some places. Their sunny days would be cold in some places. It is perfect for everyone.