Are you thinking that you might want to rent a campervan in January? Well, January is the middle of summer and a great time to visit. In fact, more tourists visit New Zealand in January than any other month in the year. So if you’re planning your Kiwi adventure then, here’s what you need to know about New Zealand weather in January.
Expect Warm Weather
If long summer days filled with sunshine sounds appealing, January is your month. Average temperatures range from around 21 degrees Celsius to 25. And if you like keeping busy, the sun rises around 6 a.m. and sets around 9 p.m. That’s 15 hours of sunlight to enjoy your day!
Though January is the driest month, some rain is normal. Keep that in mind when packing, and make sure you’re prepared.
Because of those sun-filled summer days, January is also a great time to enjoy beach activities — like swimming, surfing and snorkelling — as well as just soaking up the sun. You’ll also find many outdoor fairs and festivals scheduled in January. From music to food, summer outdoor events are a fun way to experience Kiwi life.
January is also a perfect time for wine tasting in New Zealand. Both the North Island and the South Island have world-class wines. Visiting the vineyards and wineries, many of which also have restaurants, is a nice way to spend a leisurely day experiencing fabulous wines and delicious local fare. In some regions, it’s even possible to rent a bike and take a ride on the vineyard trails.
What to Pack
The January sun is intense, so pack lots of high factor sunscreen. You definitely don’t want a sunburn while travelling. Along with sunscreen, bring sunglasses and a wide-brimmed sunhat (or two). Of course, you’ll also want to bring your bathing suit and shorts!
If you plan on hiking, it’s a good idea to pack some hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes. And don’t forget rain gear and a light jacket or layers for rainy days and cooler nights. Summer also means insects, so you’ll want to remember your insect repellant.
For the ultimate summer vacation, January in New Zealand is ideal. Renting a campervan is a relaxing and unhurried way to explore the islands. At Mighway, we make campervan rental easy and affordable. If you’re planning a Kiwi holiday, contact us and let your dream vacation begin.