It most certainly has been COLD. In fact I do not remember a winter as cold as this. And we are in the warmer north of the country. Lots of places around New Zealand have had the largest snowfalls in decades. It never gets cold enough in Auckland to snow, but we have been down to nearly zero degrees at night... I've been in 3 layers of merino during the day and in front of the fire AND the heat pump also going at the same time! I have been chasing the sun around the house all day.
School holidays are the BEST!