When is the best time to go to Christchurch?

When is the best time to go to Christchurch? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in Christchurch are January, February, March, April, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months are January, February and December
  • The coldest months are July and August
  • The rainiest months are April, May, June, August and October

Annual weather in Christchurch

For full information about the climate and weather in Christchurch a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 56°F/72°F
February 56°F/72°F
March 52°F/68°F
April 50°F/63°F
May 47°F/58°F
June 43°F/52°F
July 41°F/52°F
August 43°F/54°F
September 43°F/58°F
October 45°F/61°F
November 50°F/65°F
December 56°F/68°F

Weather and climate in Christchurch

Christchurch enjoys a temperate oceanic climate (with warm summer) in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in Christchurch is 63°F (ranging from 52°F in july to 72°F in january). Annual rainfall is 26.9in, with a minimum of 1.6in in september and a maximum of 3in in june.
  • Between january and april the climate is beautiful. It is for example 63°F as maximum temperature in april and it rains about 2.5in each month.
  • In may the climate is passable, but still OK. In average, on the morning it is 47°F and it rains about 2.4in each month.
  • In the month of june the climate is bad. the thermometer goes up to 52°F°C and you can expect to have 3in of rainfall/month during this period.
  • In july the climate is the worst possible. By early evening, the temperature averages 45°F and, in july, 3 days of rain are expected.
  • In august the climate is not good. In average, on the morning it is 43°F and you can expect to have 2.7in of rainfall/month during this period.
  • Between the months of september and october the climate is passable, but still OK. The temperature rises to 61°F and it rains about 14% of the time in october.
  • Between november and december the climate is beautiful. By early evening, the temperature averages 63°F and it rains about 2.1in each month.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in Christchurch

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Christchurch: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Christchurch

Find out when Christchurch has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Christchurch

  • Very low season in Christchurch
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: May, June, July and August.
  • Low season in Christchurch
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: April and September.
  • High season in Christchurch
    The number of visitors to Christchurch is high in: January, March, October and November.
  • Peak season in Christchurch
    The largest number of tourists visiting Christchurch is during: February and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Christchurch month by month

Best time for low prices in Christchurch

Average prices of hotels in Christchurch month by month

Generally, August is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Christchurch. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, March is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

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Average price for flights to Christchurch

A return flight between London and Christchurch is generally cheaper if you go in may ($ 1378 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 908 more for your airline ticket to Christchurch if you go in december.

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Average price of hiring a car in Christchurch

On average, it costs $ 56 per day to hire a car in Christchurch. This price varies by $ 28 depending on the month. In june, hiring a car costs an average of $ 45 per 24 hours, so this is the best time to save money! In contrast, the average price in december is $ 72.

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