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This blog is dedicated to inform and inspire you on all things to do with New Zealand..

Actually we write posts on anything that’s of interest in the South Pacific (our home) DownsideUP was started in 2008, to help people just like you, with planning the perfect NZ Self Driving experience.  

The Scenic Lindis Pass
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne
We're heading south from Omarama on State Highway 8 towards Queenstown. While it's not a huge haul at 170kms distance, it's a journey through time. The long straight road out of town heads towards rolling hills beyond a flat barren landscape. This is the very southern end of the vast Mackenzie country before entering the twists and turns of the Lindis Pass and its distinctive geology.
John Dunne - broadcaster, writer, skibum, sailor
By
John Dunne

Cathedral Cove
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
The weather is beautiful around the North Island of New Zealand throughout February, the height of “true summer” in New Zealand. For many kiwis, February is the best time of year, with peak temperatures, beautiful long evenings, relatively low rainfall, and smaller holiday crowds than in December and January.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

E-biking at Man O War on Waiheke Island
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
For specifics on what to expect in terms of temperature, rainfall, sunshine, and anything else to do with the weather in New Zealand’s North Island during February, read on to help you plan your own perfect North Island itinerary.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Whanganui Canoe trip
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
As a classic “shoulder season” in New Zealand, April is, typically, mild across the entire North Island, with the arrival of autumn bringing cooler periods than in the previous few months, and a bit more cloud and scattered rainfall.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Rotorua Ziplining
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
The end of May marks the end of autumn in New Zealand, and the weather across the North Island throughout May moves vaguely in this direction, with temperatures getting cold and daylight hours short.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Tongariro Winter Alpine Crossing
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
July is peak winter in New Zealand, and with that come the coldest average temperatures of any month in the year. It is also usually the wettest, or one of the wettest, months of the year in many parts of the North Island, and average sunshine hours are relatively low compared with other times of the year.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

winter Tongariro Crossing in New Zealands Tongariro National Park
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
The long, cold nights and dark skies also make for great stargazing, for warming up in a natural thermal hot pool, or cosying up in front of the fire at a quaint holiday cabin or luxury lodge.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Maori Pa
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
September marks the transition from winter into spring in New Zealand, and this is clearly felt through changes in weather across the North Island. In the subtropical northern regions, the tail-end of the rainy season is still felt earlier in the month, as is peak ski season in the central plateau and subalpine regions.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Tongariro National Park
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
June marks the beginning of winter in New Zealand, and with it comes a whole host of great activities, events, and special celebrations to look forward to. Overall, temperatures are cold but not freezing, and in terms of rainfall June marks a kind of ‘calm before the storm’ of the wettest months about to come.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

Waimangu Valley Eco Tour
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie
December is the first official month of summer in New Zealand, so it’s a great time to plan a road trip around the North Island, or to lock in a holiday itinerary.
David Mckenzie
By
David Mckenzie

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