December is New Zealand’s start of the summer season. Despite the absence of snow and summer activities being present during this month, here’s what you need to know if you’re going to spend your December in New Zealand.
Christmas Festive Season
New Zealand may not have the snow which signifies the yuletide season, but it still gets busy. In fact, December is one of the busiest months for New Zealand as people buy food and gifts for Christmas. Keep in mind that if you’re going to visit on Christmas day, some of the stores can be closed and hotels fully booked until January so better plan ahead.
Climate during this month range from pleasantly warm to rainy days. It is wetter compared to the other months of the year so prepare accordingly
Things You Can Do in New Zealand
Here are some things you can do and enjoy while staying in New Zealand:
Surfing– New Zealand is known for its awesome beaches and awesome swells. The usual beach scenery composed of clean, clear sea, warm sand, and fresh air. Summer season is the best time to go surfing in New Zealand.
Good Weather Activities– there are a lot of good weather activities. You can start by hiking up the mountains. New Zealand is blessed with majestic peaks and scenic views. You may also do some biking or scenic driving if you want to see most of New Zealand. You can also opt to go boat cruising to see the island with all its beauty.
Shopping– all major cities in New Zealand has its own shopping centers. Despite being an island nation, you can find every bit of fashion and electronic gadgets you may know. They also sell indigenous products like ornaments, leatherware, and woodcraft genuinely made by the Maori people.
Christmas Activities – since you went to New Zealand in December, you will heat the Christmas Season. Christmas parades start as early as November and every city and town has their own theme. You can also catch musical performances and a fireworks display.
Enjoy the Nightlife – New Zealand nightlife has much to offer. Have a pub crawl and try out the local food and beer. Enjoy a night drive along with the bright cities. Watch performances as you shop through the night market.
Things You Need to Remember
Remember that December is the busiest month for New Zealand. Surfers from all over the world want to meet the swells of early summer and family members are going home to celebrate Christmas. This may increase accommodation prices or unavailability in some instances. Plan ahead. And make sure you have your New Zealand visitor visa ready prepared and ready.