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New Zealand Geography, Climate, and Weather

New Zealand, a collection of islands is situated in the South Pacific Ocean. It measures about 1600 kilometers in length and a maximum of 300 kilometers wide. The two main islands, the North Island and the South Island, make up almost all the land area of 166,940 square kilometers. As it lies on the western rim of the Pacific tectonic plate, it is exposed to live volcanoes, earthquakes, and areas of intense geothermal activity.

The weather in New Zealand can fluctuate throughout the day and it is possible to experience four seasons in one day. The north of New Zealand is mainly subtropical while the south is temperate. Central Otago in the lower South Island experiences extreme temperature similar to a continental climate.

The warmest months are from December to March, while June to August are the coldest. The average temperature ranges between 20 - 25C in summer and 10-15C in winter. Snow is relatively rare except in high country areas.



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