Weather and climate in Fiordland
IntroductionFiordland weather is highly changeable, so when you visit prepare for all conditions. Cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur at any time of the year. It can be sunny too though!
Fiordland weather is highly changeable, so when you visit prepare for all conditions. Cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur at any time of the year. It can be sunny too though!
Be prepared for any kind of weather
Be prepared for all conditions on your trip, including at least one wet day. Before your trip, check the latest weather and conditions so you know what to plan for.
Plan and prepare – Fiordland region (safety, outdoor gear to bring etc.)
Weather forecast – NIWA website (current forecast for Fiordland National Park)
Fiordland alerts (current conditions and track updates)
Temperatures in Fiordland
In New Zealand, January and February are the warmest months of the year (summer), and July is the coldest (winter). Fiordland in the south is generally colder than the north, but weather varies throughout the region and can change rapidly within a day.
Summer in Fiordland offers the warmest days (e.g. between 10 - 18°C. Winter temperatures (between May and November) can be between 1 - 9°C (example from July), however cold weather can occur at any time of year.
Rain and waterfalls
Thanks to the amount of rain here the Fiordland area has amazing waterfalls and forest for you to enjoy. An average of about 7 metres of rain falls per year, over an average of about 200 rain-days per year. Don’t forget your rain jacket!
The rainfall and unpredictable weather patterns are due the famous ‘Roaring Forties’ westerly air streams. These winds pick up moisture as they cross the Tasman Sea, are pushed up by the mountains then release it as heavy rain in the west and snow at higher levels.
Conditions in the alpine tops
As with alpine areas anywhere in the world, the fabulous views come with exposure to the elements. High and gusty winds, snow are all possible so take care and be aware of the risk of wind chill.
Avalanche risk is high in Fiordland thanks to the steepness of the mountains and the high snowfall. Avalanche risk exists mainly over winter and spring, especially between late August and early November.
Local weather data from Great Walks sites – to use as a guide
Average weather information from Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track, Fiordland.
|Highest temp °C||16||20||22||25||24||20||17|
|Average daily high °C||12||12||14||16||16||14||11|
|Lowest temp °C||-3||-2||0||1||0||-1||-2|
|Days with rain||7||9||13||12||9||10||6|
Average weather information from Mackenzie Hut, Routeburn Track, Fiordland.
|Highest temp °C||22||24||25||28||28||28||23|
|Average daily high °C||14||15||17||18||20||19||14|
|Lowest temp °C||-1.5||-2.5||-1||0||-1||-2.5||4|
|Days with rain||15||17||18||13||9||12||14|
Average weather information from Mintaro Hut, Milford Track, Fiordland.
|Highest temp °C||25||29||30||30||33||30||24|
|Average daily high °C||15||18||19||20||20||19||13|
|Lowest temp °C||-1||1||1||2||2||-1||2|
|Days with rain||18||14||18||15||17||12||16|