When is the best time to go to Christchurch

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The chart above shows the best time of year to visit Christchurch, New Zealand. These are based on an analysis of weather averages such as temperature, rainfall and number of hours of sunshine. These ratings are based solely on the climate and do not take into account other factors such as accommodation prices and how busy it is likely to be.

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Christchurch weather by month

Please note our recommendations for when to visit Christchurch are based solely on the weather and do not take into accounts accommodation prices, how busy it will be and what events are on.

January

Christchurch January weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
20°C 46mm 7.6hrs 16.1hrs 15°C

Christchurch's weather in January is typically mild and reasonably dry in nature.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Christchurch, with some particularly good weather at this time of year.

January is in the summer in Christchurch and is typically the coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 22°C (72°F), whilst at night 12°C (54°F) is normal.

On average January is the driest month of the year in Christchurch with around 46mm 1.8 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 8 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 7.6 hours of sunshine per day.

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February

Christchurch February weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
19°C 40mm 7.3hrs 14.9hrs 15°C

February in Christchurch is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being mild.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Christchurch, with some extremely good weather at this time of year.

February is in the summer in Christchurch and is typically the 2nd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 22°C (71°F), whilst at night 12°C (53°F) is normal.

On average February is the 2nd driest month of the year in Christchurch with around 40mm 1.6 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 8 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 7.3 hours of sunshine per day.

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March

Christchurch March weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
18°C 53mm 5.8hrs 13.4hrs 14°C

The weather in March in Christchurch is characteristically mild and reasonably dry.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of pretty acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it a good time to visit Christchurch.

March is in the fall / autumn in Christchurch and is typically the 3rd coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 20°C (68°F), whilst at night 11°C (51°F) is normal.

On average March is the 3rd driest month of the year in Christchurch with around 53mm 2.1 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 10 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.8 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in March »

April

Christchurch April weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
16°C 57mm 5.6hrs 11.9hrs 13°C

Christchurch's weather in April is typically mild and reasonably dry in nature.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Christchurch, with some extremely good weather at this time of year.

April is in the fall / autumn in Christchurch and is typically the 4th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 17°C (63°F), whilst at night 8°C (46°F) is normal.

On average April is the 4th driest month of the year in Christchurch with around 57mm 2.2 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 9 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.6 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in April »

May

Christchurch May weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
13°C 59mm 4.4hrs 10.8hrs 12°C

May is a reasonably dry month in Christchurch and the temperature is generally cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Christchurch for your holidays. The weather is often not a good and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

May is in the fall / autumn in Christchurch and is typically the 5th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 14°C (57°F), whilst at night 5°C (41°F) is normal.

On average May is the 5th driest month of the year in Christchurch with around 59mm 2.3 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.4 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in May »

June

Christchurch June weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
10°C 55mm 4.2hrs 16.1hrs 10°C

June in Christchurch is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Christchurch for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

June is in the winter in Christchurch and is typically the 6th coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 11°C (53°F), whilst at night 2°C (36°F) is normal.

On average June is the 6th driest month of the year in Christchurch with around 55mm 2.2 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4.2 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in June »

July

Christchurch July weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
10°C 72mm 4hrs 14.9hrs 10°C

July in Christchurch is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being cool.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Christchurch for your holidays. The weather is often relatively bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

July is in the winter in Christchurch and is typically the 6th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 11°C (51°F), whilst at night 2°C (36°F) is normal.

On average July is the 6th wettest month of the year in Christchurch with around 72mm 2.8 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 13 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 4 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in July »

August

Christchurch August weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
11°C 62mm 5hrs 13.4hrs 10°C

The weather in August in Christchurch is characteristically cool and reasonably dry.

Based on weather alone, this is probably a time of year to avoid going to Christchurch for your holidays. The weather is often pretty bad and not conducive to spending time outdoors.

August is in the winter in Christchurch and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 12°C (54°F), whilst at night 3°C (38°F) is normal.

On average August is the 5th wettest month of the year in Christchurch with around 62mm 2.4 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 12 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in August »

September

Christchurch September weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
13°C 39mm 5.7hrs 11.9hrs 10°C

Christchurch's weather in September is typically cool and reasonably dry in nature.

Although outside the main holiday season, there is still plenty of quite acceptable weather around this time of year. This makes it an okay time to visit Christchurch.

September is in the spring in Christchurch and is typically the 4th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 14°C (58°F), whilst at night 5°C (41°F) is normal.

On average September is the 4th wettest month of the year in Christchurch with around 39mm 1.5 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 9 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 5.7 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in September »

October

Christchurch October weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
15°C 47mm 6.9hrs 10.8hrs 11°C

October is a reasonably dry month in Christchurch and the temperature is generally mild.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Christchurch, with some extremely good weather at this time of year.

October is in the spring in Christchurch and is typically the 3rd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a cool 17°C (62°F), whilst at night 7°C (45°F) is normal.

On average October is the 3rd wettest month of the year in Christchurch with around 47mm 1.9 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 10 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 6.9 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in October »

November

Christchurch November weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
17°C 49mm 7.3hrs 16.1hrs 12°C

The climate in Christchurch during November can be summarized as mild and reasonably dry.

It is perhaps a good month to visit Christchurch, with some particularly good weather at this time of year.

November is in the spring in Christchurch and is typically the 2nd warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 19°C (66°F), whilst at night 9°C (48°F) is normal.

On average November is the 2nd wettest month of the year in Christchurch with around 49mm 1.9 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 9 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 7.3 hours of sunshine per day.

Christchurch weather in November »

December

Christchurch December weather averages
Temp Rain Sunshine Day length Sea temp
19°C 46mm 7.5hrs 14.9hrs 13°C

December in Christchurch is generally reasonably dry with the temperature being mild.

It is perhaps the perfect month to visit Christchurch, with some extremely good weather at this time of year.

December is in the summer in Christchurch and is typically the warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 21°C (69°F), whilst at night 11°C (51°F) is normal.

On average December is the wettest month of the year in Christchurch with around 46mm 1.8 inches of rain making it a reasonably dry time to visit. This rainfall is typically spread over 11 days, although this may vary considerably.

On the flip side this corresponds to an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine per day.

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Christchurch weather stats

Christchurch weather statistics
Hottest month: January 21.8°C 71.2°F
Driest month: September 39mm 1.5ins
Sunniest month: February 7.3hrs
Coldest month: July 10.5°C 50.9°F
Wettest month: July 72mm 2.8ins
Warmest sea: February 15.3°C 59.5°F
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