Four distinct seasons
Wānaka 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.