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#1 anonebber

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:28 PM

We are touring NZ South Island from March 26 until April 13th.  Just wondering if there's any one here who can advise regarding the weather that time of year, and appropriate clothing for 1 x 3yr old and 2 x 5yr olds.

THanks

#2 Corella

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:38 PM

We were there pre-children and it was a mix of mild spring weather (tshirt and jeans) and needing a sweater as well. Nights were cold but just needing a hat kind of cold. Where are you going?

#3 item

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:43 PM

As op said - quite nice and warm in the sin during the day, but could be quite cold at night.  When we were there in April there was early snow on some of the roads etc  Depends where you are from?  If you're in Sydney it's not too bad, but if you're in QLD you will notice the difference more.  HTH

#4 opethmum

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Usually the South Island gets between
Queenstown     18-8
Christchurch     16-6

So it looks like warm winter woolies.



#5 PrincessPeach

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

I was on the North Island in December & happened to freeze the entire trip.

Disclaimer - I am Qld born & bred & freeze at anything less than about 20 degrees.

From the NZ weather people, average minimums are around 6 - 8 & the average maximum's are between 16 & 20.

Also asked my kiwi SIL & she receomends packing jeans & t-shirts, as well as warm jumpers - it can be quite cold if you are not used to it.

#6 Chchgirl

Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:58 PM

I'll be there 19th to 28th April, and was there April last year.

It's crisp in autumn in comparison to Sydney. Definitely need a jacket for the day, and can be quite cold at night in April. But usually the days are beautiful.

I use this website when I am over there and when I lived there..it even tells you how many layers recommended to wear for each day!

http://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/chr...ch/christchurch

Enjoy your trip, it's a great place!

Edited by Chchgirl, 13 February 2013 - 02:00 PM.


#7 Isadora

Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:52 PM

We will be also touring the South Island in March, 9th-18th and were wondering whether we would need a parka for the girls.  We have a light weight water proof jacket and plan to take layers to try to adapt for a range of temps - would you think that would be ok?

Can't wait to get there!

#8 flyfree

Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

I'm from Christchurch and I would advise if you aren't used to the cold, definitely do the layers thing. It can be warm during the day but feel cold during the night. Hope you have an awesome time!!

#9 anonebber

Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:44 PM

Ok, we're QLDers so no doubt will really feel the difference.  I was considering getting snow/ski type jackets for the girls, but wasn't sure it would be worth the expense if it's not going to be that cold.  We are doing some night tours eg Te Anau glow worms, penguins etc.

Will check out that metservice link.

We're starting in Christchurch and bacisally heading anticlockwise around the sth island, but going right up into the Marlborough Sound, and also all the way to Curio Bay.

Will flanalette Pjs for the kids be warm enough? or track suits? singlets?

Thanks.

#10 flyfree

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

anonebber: flannel pj's are prefect. Possibly with a pair of socks. I would suggest layering more than anything, at least that way you, if you get warm etc just shed the layers!

Hope you have an awesome time!




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