What to Wear in New Zealand

Last updated on June 15th, 2021

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If you’re going on a short hike anywhere in NZ, I suggest you take some kind of thermal underwear, along with shorts or trousers, T-shirts and comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Also, suggest you bring a hat of some kind and possibly even one of those rain jackets that fold up. It’s just that the Crowded House song: “Four Seasons in One Day” really does apply here. It could be sunny one minute and raining with howling wind the next. And some areas of NZ bush are still pretty remote so you want to be prepared.

Katelyn, Auckland, New Zealand

When travelling in Wellington, New Zealand during the months of July and August (winter season for them) bring jackets, a sweater, thermal stockings and an umbrella. Wellington is the second windiest city in the world and the weather is so very unpredictable.

Phoebe, Manila, Philippines

Even in the summer, it’s cool in New Zealand, so it’s best to take a layered approach when packing. Rain comes often to the South Island, and it’s quite windy, as well. Bonus: The local people sell wonderful hand-knitted sweaters that are available in many of the shops. So, think about treating yourself to one if it gets too cool for you.

Anita, Littleton, New Zealand

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