The Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie region enjoys a wonderful climate with clear, crisp snowy winters and long, hot summers.
Autumn is a riot of colour, while spring brings wild flowers that bloom throughout the region. The warm summer season extends from November to February, where the mercury often rises past 30 degrees Celsius. In the cooler winter season, from June to September temperatures drop to below 0 degrees Celsius overnight, while sunny winter days average around 8 degrees Celsius.
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In the winter it is not uncommon for snow to settle on the ground throughout the region, so warm clothes are a must. Layering clothing is a good way to keep warm, especially when venturing on outdoor activities. Wool is a great choice as it dries quickly, and can be worn under other clothing.
A waterproof jacket, gloves, hats and scarfs are a must for the cooler months. It is a good idea to bring warm clothing options even in the spring and autumn season, as the weather can change quickly.
In the summer, pack light and breathable clothing, and a hat and sunscreen, as well as good walking shoes. Warms socks and sturdy shoes are essential for all outdoor activities in any weather.