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New Zealand in May?

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New Zealand in May?

Thinking about going to NZ after graduation in late May. I know it will be late autumn by then.

1. How will the weather be?

2. Will leaves have fallen off trees by then?

3. Are there any places you particularly recommend at that time of the year?


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1. Re: New Zealand in May?

May is not a bad time to travel. It is well away from the tourist peak, so most attractions and walk will be a lot less crowded. It should not be freezing cold, although you would need to be prepared for cold weather. There may be a dusting of snow on the higher mountains, but it would be too early for skiing. The main downside would be the reduced daylight (the sunset is at 5pm at the end of May). Native trees in New Zealand are evergreen, so you may not see any difference in many areas. Some areas (eg Arrowtown) have a lot of deciduous trees, which should still have some leaves in early May.

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2. Re: New Zealand in May?

By late May the deciduous trees will be bare, but the Alps will have snow - in fact we had a light dusting on Tuesday - very pretty. Allow for the reduced daylight hours and do not plan to drive for long hours each day. Snow should not be a problem on the highways but ice might be, on the alpine passes.

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