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New Zealand in October things to do

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Dunedin, New Zealand

October is another great month for wildlife. Scenery is awakening to spring warmth and the snow is melting. For waterfall buffs October and November are key visitor months to pencil in the calendar.

Is it your first time in New Zealand and not sure what to do? Check out nz best things to do and let’s sort out which is the best month to visit to tick off your bucket list holiday activities.

Daffodils spring, New Zealand
Daffodils spring, New Zealand

What is happening in New Zealand in October?

October is beautiful with spring. Daffodils are in bloom, native trees are fruiting and great weather conditions. It is a busy month for visitors yet can be very wet with the changeable spring weather bringing sudden deluges of rain. The wildflowers, lupins are not yet in bloom. You need to wait until November for this spectacle. October is a waterfall chaser month with heavy spring melt flows from the mountain tops.


Lambing season means popular tracks such as Roys Peak, Wanaka are closed due to lambing.

Whitebait is on the menu and foodie buffs will not be disappointed. Check out Westport Whitebait Festival and what to do nearby in Westport, South Island.

North Island NZ October average temperature:

  • Average low 7°c
  • Average high 10°c

South Island NZ October average temperature:

  • Average low 3°c (37°F)
  • Average high 18°c (65°F)
Te Awamutu Rose Garden in spring, Waikato, New Zealand
Te Awamutu Rose Garden in spring, Waikato, New Zealand
Sunrise at Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
Sunrise at Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

Check out New Zealand average temperatures for the month you are planning to visit either the North or South Island. Or anywhere in between. The most reliable weather forecast service is NZ Met Service.

Weather in New Zealand is four seasons in one day. Aotearoa New Zealand is several skinny narrow islands isolated in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Glorious day throughout the year is a promise together with the option of rain throughout the year.

Seasons are the opposite to Europe, United Kingdom, North America (northern hemisphere) creating a great winter escape for our neighbours in the Far East and beyond. Peak season is summer, December to February.

Travel pack information

  • Monthly temperature data is sourced from Monthly | NIWA. For visitors fascinated by climate change data NIWA provides a rich publicly available resource to browse
  • Source The uniqueness of New Zealand plants an excellent school resource handy for visitors to help understand NZ’s unique biodiversity



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