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 - 25°C
in summer and 10-15°C in winter. Snow is relatively rare except
in high country areas.