Thank you for your reply...
We do have four quite distinctly different seasons here in Canterbury, Winter (currently) can experience 3 metres of snow on the mountain passes and down country where we live we will only have a couple snow falls often no more than a couple inches each time over winter, often frosts around 0 deg so not to bad.
Rainfall bout 25 to 30 inches per annum.
High country can have frost up to 300 days a yr, spring and autumn are lovely with spring flowers and green growth, and autumn beautiful change of colours,
Autumn is the best time to come visit NZ as weather warm and stable, Summer often warm and windy..Personally I enjoy the four seasons and just dress accordingly...
I love the trail rides, love planning a different ride each time and out there for a week away from the modern rush of life in the fast lane so to speak. BLISS...!
If any of you folks are seriously planning to travel here and would like an adventure horse trek thru some of our mountain country email me and I can put you in touch with a commercial trekking company that truely take you thru the mountain passes and valleys, crossing rivers a metre deep, staying in back country huts with campfire cooked meals, you saddle and ride your own horse with pack horses taking all the supplies for the 400k / 11 day ride thru our Southern Alps with real men and women..Highly recommend it..!