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Sun Rise and Set Times for New Zealand

Sun Rise and Set in New Zealand

The table gives the times of Sun rise and Sun set for four centres in New Zealand. These can be used for any year as times will not vary by more than a minute or two on the same date from year to year. Times are for a horizon level with the observer and do not allow for hills or mountains obscuring the horizon.

This page also includes New Zealand dates for equinox and solstice events over the next few years. See the bottom of the page for the table.

New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) is used in the winter months and New Zealand Daylight Time (NZDT) is used in the summer months. NZDT starts on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday in April. Times in the table are in NZST or NZDT as is appropriate.

NZST is 12 hours ahead of Universal Time (UT), NZDT is 13 hours ahead of UT. UT is virtually the same as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For more information on Universal Time consult the USNO Universal Time page.

Sun or Moon rise and set tables for any location.

Tables of the daily times of Sun or Moon rise and set, and the times of twilight, civil, nautical or astronomical for any location for a selected year, can be easily generated at the USNO web site. The times of Moon rise and set change much more from day to day than those of sun rise and set. They are best generated for a given locality on a daily basis. To use the USNO site to generate them you will need your longitude and latitude. Times of twilight can also be generated at the same site.


Sunrise and sunset tables for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Sun rise and set times starting in:   January       March       May       July       September      November

Sun rise and set in other parts of New Zealand.

Detailed times of Sunrise and Sunset for other places in New Zealand are on the LINZ astronomical information web pages.

Date Auckland Wellington Christchurch Dunedin
NZDT Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
Jan 1 06:05 20:43 05:51 20:57 05:52 21:14 05:51 21:31
Jan 11 06:13 20:43 06:01 20:56 06:02 21:12 06:02 21:29
Jan 21 06:24 20:40 06:12 20:51 06:14 21:06 06:15 21:23
Jan 31 06:35 20:33 06:25 20:43 06:28 20:57 06:30 21:12
Feb 10 06:46 20:24 06:38 20:32 06:42 20:45 06:45 20:59
Feb 20 06:56 20:12 06:50 20:18 06:55 20:30 07:00 20:43
Mar 2 07:06 19:59 07:02 20:03 07:09 20:14 07:14 20:25
Mar 12 07:16 19:45 07:14 19:47 07:21 19:57 07:28 20:07
Mar 22 07:25 19:30 07:25 19:30 07:33 19:39 07:42 19:47
Apr 1 07:34 19:15 07:36 19:14 07:45 19:21 07:55 19:28
In 2014 NZDT ends on the first Sunday of April, that is at 3 am on 6 April 2014.
Date Auckland Wellington Christchurch Dunedin
NZST Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
Apr 11 06:42 18:01 06:46 17:57 06:57 18:04 07:08 18:10
Apr 21 06:51 17:48 06:57 17:42 07:09 17:47 07:21 17:52
May 1 07:00 17:36 07:07 17:28 07:20 17:32 07:34 17:36
May 11 07:08 17:26 07:18 17:16 07:32 17:20 07:46 17:22
May 21 07:16 17:18 07:27 17:07 07:42 17:10 07:58 17:11
May 31 07:24 17:13 07:36 17:01 07:51 17:03 08:08 17:03
Jun 10 07:30 17:11 07:42 16:58 07:58 16:59 08:15 16:59
Jun 20 07:33 17:11 07:47 16:58 08:03 16:59 08:20 16:59
Jun 30 07:35 17:14 07:48 17:01 08:04 17:02 08:21 17:02
Jul 10 07:33 17:19 07:46 17:07 08:01 17:09 08:18 17:09
Jul 20 07:29 17:26 07:40 17:15 07:55 17:17 08:11 17:18
Jul 30 07:22 17:33 07:31 17:24 07:46 17:27 08:01 17:29
Aug 9 07:12 17:41 07:20 17:33 07:33 17:37 07:47 17:40
Aug 19 07:00 17:50 07:07 17:43 07:19 17:48 07:32 17:52
Aug 29 06:47 17:58 06:52 17:53 07:03 17:59 07:14 18:05
Sep 8 06:33 18:06 06:35 18:03 06:45 18:10 06:56 18:17
Sep 18 06:18 18:14 06:18 18:13 06:27 18:21 06:36 18:29
Sep 28 06:02 18:22 06:01 18:23 06:09 18:32 06:17 18:42
In 2014 NZDT starts on the last Sunday of September, that is 28 September 2014.
Date Auckland Wellington Christchurch Dunedin
NZDT Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set Rise Set
Oct 8 06:47 19:30 06:44 19:34 06:51 19:44 06:58 19:55
Oct 18 06:33 19:39 06:28 19:45 06:34 19:56 06:39 20:08
Oct 28 06:21 19:49 06:14 19:57 06:18 20:09 06:22 20:22
Nov 7 06:10 20:00 06:01 20:09 06:05 20:22 06:07 20:37
Nov 17 06:02 20:10 05:51 20:21 05:54 20:36 05:55 20:51
Nov 27 05:57 20:20 05:44 20:33 05:46 20:48 05:46 21:05
Dec 7 05:55 20:30 05:41 20:43 05:42 20:59 05:42 21:17
Dec 17 05:56 20:37 05:42 20:51 05:43 21:08 05:42 21:26
Dec 27 06:01 20:42 05:47 20:56 05:48 21:13 05:47 21:30

Sun rise and set times for other parts of New Zealand

The times of Sun rise and set for other places in New Zealand can mostly be estimated within about 5 minutes from the times in the tables. Note that for places with the same latitude, a difference of 1° in longitude makes a difference of 4 minutes. Times are earlier for places to the east and later for places to the west. Thus Sun rise and set times for places on the west coast are mostly about 12 to 15 minutes later than those for places on the east coast.

In the North Island, Auckland and Wellington are virtually the same longitude, so for places like Hamilton, Taumarunui, Wanganui and Palmerston North, between them, times can be determined by proportion.

Also note that in midsummer, December and January, times of Sun rise for all places on the east coast of New Zealand are almost the same. This is true from East Cape, north of Gisborne in the North Island to Dunedin and Stewart Island in the South Island and includes Wellington. The same applies to the time of Sun set in winter, June and July.

Near the equinoxes, in March and September, latitude is unimportant, the times of Sun rise and set depend on longitude as explained above. That is, places at the same longitude have similar times of sunrise and sunset, whatever their latitude.

In summer for places with the same longitude, sunrise is earlier and sunset later the further south one goes, ie the hours of daylight are longer. The reverse is true in winter, hours of daylight are less in the south, that is the sun rises later and sets earlier in the south compared to the north, again for places at the same longitude.

New Zealand Equinoxes and Solstices

The following table gives dates and approximate times for equinox and solstice events for New Zealand over the next few years.

autumnal equinoxwinter solsticespring equinoxsummer solstice
YearDateTimeDateTimeDateTimeDateTime
2014March 2105:52June 2122:48Sep 2314:31Dec 2211:59
2015March 2111:41June 2204:36Sep 2320:20Dec 2217:48
2016March 2017:30June 2110:24Sep 2302:08Dec 2123:38
2017March 2023:19June 2116:12Sep 2307:57Dec 2205:27
2018March 2105:08June 2122:00Sep 2313:45Dec 2211:17

Note that March and December times are NZDT and other times are NZST.

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