February is the height of the New Zealand summer. It probably has the best weather of any month in the year. It is a great time to experience New Zealand's great outdoors. The main summer holiday for New Zealanders is over too, so it's usually a little quieter for visiting the sights.
February is a beautifully settled month for most of New Zealand. Temperatures are warm and the days are long, especially in the South Island. Although rain is still a possibility, it is less likely in February than January.
The climate can be humid in parts of the North Island, especially Northland, Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula. The South Island can also be particularly hot, although the heat tends to be dry rather than humid.
Read More About: Temperatures and Weather in New Zealand During February
Pros of Visiting New Zealand in February
- The weather: usually settled, warm and sunny in most parts of the country.
- For wine and food fans this is the busiest month for local festivals showcasing the best wines and food from the regions (see below for specific events).
- All the tours are operating but there aren't the crowds of January.
Cons of Visiting New Zealand in February
- Accommodation in the most popular tourist locations may be scarce, particularly on weekends. Always book in advance if you can.
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- This is still the high season so prices for accommodation and attractions will be at a premium.
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What's On in February: Festivals and Events
- Kerikeri Ocean and Orchard Festival, Kerikeri, Northland
- Devonport Wine and Food Festival, Auckland
- Kumeu Beer Wine and Food Festival, Kumeu, West Auckland
- Waiheke Wine and Food Festival, Waiheke Island, Auckland
- Waikato Food and Wine Festival, Hamilton
- Art Deco Weekend, Napier
- Wellington Round the Bays Run
The most important day on the New Zealand calendar, Waitangi Day commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6, 1840. It was a treaty between the Maori people and the British crown and marked the beginning of New Zealand as a nation.
February 6 is a public holiday throughout New Zealand. The official celebrations take place on the spot of the first signing, at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. Events are also held in other parts of the country. For most New Zealanders, however, it's a time to enjoy the beach and reflect on what a great country we live in.