Roxburgh sits in the heart of the Teviot Valley in New Zealand’s stunning Central Otago district beside the beautiful Matau-Au, the mighty Clutha River. This is the longest river in the South Island and the second longest in the country. The Roxburgh area is renowned for enjoying distinct seasonal change, from hot dry summers to crisp clear winters. The climate offers the perfect summer fruit growing conditions and as a result this area provides some of the world’s best quality fruit for domestic and export markets.
The most popular season for visiting Roxburgh is certainly the summer months where the days are long, daylight extends well into the evening, and the daytime temperature can soar to 30 degrees plus. The orchard stalls heave with joyful holiday makers hunting the best of the regions’ offerings. Local campgrounds and holiday homes are packed with sunseekers creating a vibrant and lively buzz in the township.
In contrast, freezing winter night temperatures are followed by days where a mesmerising clear sky reflects a breathtaking colour of blue. This is a time of year where the pace of life is slower and more relaxed. Take time to explore at your leisure. Take advantage of the location where other popular Central Otago destinations are easily reached. Alternatively, just ‘rug up’ and ‘chill out’, and forget the crazy world for a while.
During this season expect warm days featuring clear blue skies. Sunscreen is an essential commodity, as are sunglasses and sun hats. Orchard sprinklers work 24 hour days providing much needed irrigation to the summer harvest, while the colour of the surrounding hillsides fade from brilliant green to sunburnt gold, a unique feature of this areas’ landscape during Summer.
The town centre is a favoured stopping point for holiday travellers passing through, either to or from other Central Otago destinations. A lively bustle exonerates from the cafes and shops.
The population of the township swells to triple the permanent number with an influx of both holiday makers and orchard workers. Short term accommodation is in high demand, booking early is well advised.
As the popularity of the cycle trails: Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge, continues to draw cyclists to the town you should not arrive with a fear of MAMIL’s (Middle Aged Men In Lycra), as this population migrates here in ever increasing numbers at this time of year.SUMMER: December to February
Red, Yellow, blue and gold are the stand out features of Autumn in Roxburgh. These glorious colours predominate the countryside as the trees begin to make their annual change. The entire landscape becomes a photographer’s paradise. A perfect time to hit the cycle trails and experience the true beauty.
The average temperatures lose the extreme highs of summer. Late afternoon to evening puts on a sunset show which is truly magnificent. While the option of summer clothes remain suitable for autumn days, a warmer option would be advised for late afternoons and evenings.
The hype of the summer tourist season reduces also. This is still a busy tourist time for the town, however a more sedate pace predominates.
Autumn is apple harvesting time in Central Otago. The area is host to some of the largest apple producers in the southern hemisphere. If you are planning a working holiday to Roxburgh, your apple picking skills will be in high demand.AUTUMN: March – May
Scarves, gloves and pom-pom hats are the wardrobe essentials for winter visitors to Roxburgh. A pure, crisp white icing of snow will cover the peaks of the Mount Benger Range, adding a decent chill to any breeze that may blow through the valley. On the best winter days, a clear brilliant blue sky will light up the countryside. The darkness of evening will arrive soon after 5.00 pm.
In the heart of winter you may have the opportunity to experience the frozen beauty of hoar frost, a weather event well known in this region. During a hoar frost ice crystals form on objects exposed to the free air, such as grass blades, tree branches, or leaves. It is formed by direct condensation of water vapour to ice at temperatures below freezing and occurs when air is brought to its frost point by cooling.
Winter accommodation offerings provide the option of easy day trips to the famous ski fields of the Queenstown Wanaka region.WINTER: June – August
The average monthly rainfall in spring is 42mm. The average sunshine hours 206
Spring, the season of new life. This a fact which best proved by a visit to Roxburgh and the Teviot Valley. The exquisite sight of the blossoming new season is a sight to behold, the colours truly amazing. Orchardists are most alert at this time of year, ready with water sprinklers, helicopters and the old-time frost-pots in anticipation of a late crop-damaging frost. The weather at this time of year can be unsettled, a brilliant blue sky warm temperature day reminiscent of summer, can comfortably follow a day that you thought was left behind in winter. Your travel wardrobe should allow for this, an umbrella highly recommended.