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A Guide to Weather, Seasons, and Packing Like a Local

Invercargill Weather

Waihōpai Invercargill, the southernmost city in New Zealand, offers a unique blend of urban charm and stunning natural beauty. But before you embark on your adventure to the southern edge, mastering the weather and packing like a local is crucial. Here's your comprehensive guide to Invercargill's weather, seasons, and essential packing tips.


Invercargill experiences a temperate oceanic climate with mild temperatures and four distinct seasons. However, it's known for its changeable weather, so be prepared for anything! Here's a breakdown of each season:

  • Summer (December to February): Enjoy long days of up to 16 daylight hours, with warm days (average high: 19°C / 67°F) and cool nights (average low: 10°C / 50°F). However, sudden showers and occasional southerly winds are common this season: pack light, breathable clothing like t-shirts, shorts, and a sunhat. Don't forget sunglasses and sunscreen! Evenings can be cooler, so pack a light sweater or jacket.
  • Autumn (March to May): The days start to shorten, and temperatures become milder (average high: 14°C / 57°F, average low: 7°C / 47°F). Wind tends to be lighter, but rain can become more frequent in Autumn. Be prepared for changeable weather. Layers are key! Pack mid-weight clothes like jeans, long-sleeved shirts, and sweaters. A raincoat is essential.
  • Winter (June to August): Invercargill's coldest season, with average temperatures between 10°C / 45°F and 4°C / 39°F. Frosts are common, but we hardly ever get snowfall in the city. Rain continues, but winds tend to be less severe. Winter tends to be quite settled compared to the other seasons and is perfect for stargazing on clear nights. Pack your warmest clothes! Thick sweaters, thermals, and a winter jacket are essential. Boots with good traction are crucial for slippery winter sidewalks. Be prepared for the occasional winter storm.
  • Spring (September to November): The days start to lengthen, temperatures rise (average high: 15°C / 59°F, average low: 7°C / 47°F), rainfall remains moderate, and the wind picks up, bringing that famous "southerly" chill. Similar to Autumn, spring calls for layers. Pack mid-weight clothing and a raincoat, as showers are still common.

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  • Layers, layers, layers: Embrace the layering system. Pack thermal underwear, mid-layer fleece or wool sweaters, and a versatile waterproof and windproof jacket.
  • Wool is Your Friend: Merino wool is a fantastic option for warmth and breathability, perfect for Invercargill's climate.
  • Footwear Matters: You'll be doing your share of exploring, so pack sturdy walking shoes with a good grip for uneven terrain and unpredictable weather.
  • Don't Forget the Sun: Even in winter, the sun can be quite strong in the Southern Hemisphere. Pack sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat to protect yourself year-round.

Remember: Invercargill's weather can be unpredictable, so pack for flexibility. With the right gear and a positive attitude, you're ready to embrace the southern edge of Invercargill!


For an up-to-date weather forecast, check out MetService New Zealand