There is a reason why Christchurch is loved for its outdoorsy lifestyle and nature-filled activities, and much of it has to do with its just-right, just-perfect climate.
Defined as a temperate oceanic climate, this means locals and tourists are in for a diverse range of weather: Mild, warm summers. Cool, wet winters. Regular, moderate rainfall.
Each of its four seasons are characterised by distinct weather patterns, but all can be easily enjoyable given the many activities there are to do in and around the city. The Christchurch climate allows for a fun outdoor lifestyle year-round, from beach-going and hiking in the warmer months to skiing in nearby mountain ranges in the winter.
In a nutshell, here’s everything you can expect from the weather conditions in Christchurch and why it is a great city for a daily dose of pleasant outdoor living. As an added bonus, the therapists at Lovoir Day Spa have shared their most helpful skin care tips for each season!
Summer (December to February)
Summers in Christchurch are generally warm but not extremely hot. The average high temperature ranges from 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). The city experiences the longest daylight hours during these months, with up to 15 hours of daylight at the summer solstice.
Skin Tip from Lovoir: We recommend a sunscreen with a physical SPF to protect you from the strong UV rays during Summer.
Autumn (March to May)
Autumn in Christchurch is mild and often marked by picturesque autumnal foliage. Temperatures during this season gradually decrease, ranging from highs of 17°C to 20°C (63°F to 68°F) in March to around 14°C to 17°C (57°F to 63°F) in May.
Skin Tip from Lovoir: This is the time of year to start more advanced skin treatments.
Winter (June to August)
Winters in Christchurch can be quite chilly, especially at night, with temperatures falling close to or below freezing. Daytime high temperatures range from 10°C to 12°C (50°F to 54°F). Snowfall in the city is rare but can occur, especially in the surrounding hills.
Skin Tip from Lovoir: Nourishing your skin and protecting from the elements is critical at this time of year. Nourishing facials and body treatments are perfect to combat the environmental effects.
Spring (September to November)
Spring in Christchurch is a time of changeable weather, with a mix of sunny and rainy days. It’s also the season where nor’westers, a type of hot, dry wind from the Australian deserts, are most common. These winds can cause temperatures to rise rapidly.
Skin Tip from Lovoir: Start being vigilant with your SPF again, and keep up those nourishing skin treatments.
Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but winters tend to be slightly wetter. Christchurch is also one of the driest cities in New Zealand due to its location on the eastern coast, in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps.