Wanaka Weather & Seasons

Four distinct seasons

Wanaka has four very distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March.

Straddling the 45th parallel the region shares the same latitude as Bordeaux, Belgrade, Venice, Portland and Montreal - with a climate that ranges from the high rainfall areas of the Southern Alps to the dry valleys of Central Otago. Because New Zealand is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the weather changes quite quickly so you need to be prepared for this, always carry additional warm clothing, including a waterproof outer layer.

The town's average annual rainfall of 682mm, is half the New Zealand average, with most rainfall occurring in spring months.

  • Average annual rainfall: 682mm (26.8 in)
  • Average annual sunshine: 2,000 hours
  • Average daily temperature: 16 C (60.8 ℉)

Take a look at our live webcam and snow reports in winter 

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Autumn 1 March to 31 May - Average temperature 16°C
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Winter 1 June to 31 August - Average temperature 10°C
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Spring 1 September to 30 November - Average temperature 17°C
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Summer 1 December to 28 February - Average temperature 24°C
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