Sunlight through the trees, Fiordland
Graham Dainty

Southland Weather & Seasons

Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of Southland, a region that offers a unique experience in every season. From the rich autumnal colours of reds and golds to the snow-capped peaks of winter, this region is a nature lover's paradise. And don't forget about the stunning parks and gardens that come alive in the spring and the long summer days perfect for water sports and outdoor barbecues that stretch well past 10 pm.

No matter the season, Southland is a region that offers visitors a unique experience full of natural beauty and outdoor adventures. So pack your bags and get ready to explore this stunning part of New Zealand's South Island, dressed appropriately for the weather and ready to make unforgettable memories.



Autumn in Murihiku is known for its golden leaves and cooler temperatures. The native primordial forests and rolling hills are green year-round. Still, autumn brings out the best in the scenery against our brilliant blue skies, with deciduous trees turning every shade of yellow, orange and red throughout the region. From March to May, Murihiku is ablaze with a kaleidoscope of colours, making it an excellent time to explore all the region has to offer, including clear night skies, wildlife spotting, walking trails, sampling the freshest kaimoana, historic heritage trails, and sightseeing along the way.

Temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius and can change quickly, so pack a warm jacket, comfortable shoes, and layers.



Winter in Murihiku wakes with a crisp morning frost and the unspoilt natural splendour that claims visitors' hearts. The region's character is found in the rugged and unspoilt beaches of the southern coast, rolling green plains and rivers flowing through mountains dusted with snow.

Winter is a time of reflection and renewal, and here in Aotearoa, New Zealand, it's a time to celebrate Matariki, the start of the Māori New Year. Our Matariki public holiday brings people together to share the joy of a new beginning, honour the past, and look forward to the future with hope and inspiration. It's a time for our communities to come together, share stories and kai, and plant for future harvests - and the best time to see the Matariki or Seven Sisters constellation from our dark sky sanctuary.

Temperatures average around 5 degrees Celsius, with abundant rain and occasional snow. Winter time, June to August, is a great time for cosy indoor activities like visiting our museums, art galleries and trying local cuisine. It's essential to pack warm and waterproof clothing for exploring the outdoors.



As frosty mornings give way to sunny days, Murihiku comes alive in Spring with abundant, vibrant colours and new life. From frolicking lambs and playful calves to the cheerful chirping of the birds, everything seems to awaken in a spectacular display of nature's beauty.

From September to November, the region's gardens burst into bloom, creating a picturesque landscape of breathtaking beauty. Fields of colourful flowers and blossoming trees offer a stunning backdrop, inspiring visitors with their charm and elegance. Pack various layers as temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius and can vary significantly in a short time. Visitors can enjoy lots of outdoor activities such as hiking, strolling through the gardens, or simply soaking up the warm sun.



Summer in Murihiku is not just a season; it's an experience! It's a season where the sun shines brighter, the days are longer, and the opportunities for adventure are endless. From the pristine surf beaches to the towering granite rock walls and lush green rainforest, Murihiku is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

During this season, which lasts from December to February, you'll discover a wealth of experiences. Go kayaking in the stunning fiords, take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters, or hike to the summit of a mountain for breathtaking views.

With temperature ranges from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius and the longest daylight hours in New Zealand, you can pack even more into your day. Light, comfortable clothing and sunscreen are must-haves during this season.