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Climate Guides

Climate Guides

South Africa Climate Guide

[pjc_slideshow slide_type="south-africa-climate-guide"] Due to its varying regional climates, South Africa is a year round destination.  South Africa’s coastal regions have the warmest winter temperatures in the country. The east coast is on the Indian Ocean, which has a warm current. The west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean with a cold current. South Africa experiences winter and summer in opposit..

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Lupines on the shore of the river in New Zealand

Queenstown Climate Guide

Surrounded by mountains and nestled next to Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is popular amongst tourists at any time of the year, as there are activities and sights to see all year round. Having crisp and clear days, complete with snow-capped mountains in the winter, and warm, sunny days during the summer; on average, Queenstown has around 1921 hours of sunshine per year, whilst experiencing just over 90..

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Rotorua Museum of Art and History

Rotorua Climate Guide

Often classed as the most popular holiday destination located on the North Island, Rotorua is located in the heart of a volcanic area, and has a moderate sea climate, which offers four very distinct seasons. Nearby volcanoes provide warm winds, which often make temperatures seem higher than they actually are, whilst the winds are not as strong as other areas of the country. The region also sees a..

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franz josef glacier

Franz Josef Climate Guide

Franz Josef is totally unique in the fact it has a rainforest climate, yet it is situated just 200m above sea level. Located on the west coast of the South Island, the small town of Franz Josef is more widely known due to the location of the giant glacier of the same name. Franz Josef is one of the wetter regions of New Zealand, with slightly higher levels of rain expected all year round, with Oct..

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"The lighthouse in the north edge of New Zealand, Cape Reinga"

Bay of Islands Climate Guide

The Bay of Islands is located at the far north of the North Island, positioned on the east coast. The bay is a natural harbour, and contains 144 islands. It is highly popular amongst tourists due to sailing, and the fact it is great for fishing. It has also been found to have the second bluest sky in the world, behind Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It is a semi tropical climate, thanks to a southerly f..

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View of the skyline of Auckland, New Zealand (from Mt. Eden), featuring the Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.

Auckland Climate Guide

Auckland is located on the North Island of New Zealand, and is the largest, and most populated urban area in the whole country. The city can be enjoyed comfortably all year round, as it does not experience the extremes in any season, thanks to a warm coastal climate. Summers are generally warm and humid, with winters being milder and damp. Auckland also has the potential to experience four seasons..

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New Zealand Climate Guide

[pjc_slideshow slide_type="nz-climate-guide"]   New Zealand is blessed with mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine. While the Bay of Islands in the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island such as Franz Josef can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mi..

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SYD bondi-beach

Sydney Climate Guide

Sunny Sydney has the reputation as a surfers’ paradise, and rightly so, with its Mediterranean-style climate complementing its beautiful beaches to make it a top destination for watersports. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, and visitors can expect warm to hot summers and mild winters. Like in Britain, summer is the warmest season in Sydney, with January being the warmest month..

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CNS from sea

Cairns Climate Guide

Cairns has a distinctly different climate to anywhere else you’ll get to visit in Australia with Distant Journeys – situated in tropical Queensland, Cairns is a city of two extremes: hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. It is also prone to tropical cyclones, which can occur when it is especially humid – this is definitely a city where you need to be prepared for anything! Summer in Cairns fal..

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Melbourne skyline from Southbank

Melbourne Climate Guide

Melbourne is one of Australia’s most varied cities when it comes to the weather, and is often referred to as having four seasons in one day. Though its weather can sometimes be unpredictable, Melbourne’s weather generally fits the pattern of warm to hot summers, mild but temperate springs and autumns, and cool winters. The amount of rainfall the city receives also varies, but is often the highest..

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