Tekapo's residents were walking on sunshine, while down the road at Pukaki they were wrapping up warm.
February's Niwa national climate figures show Tekapo had the second-highest sunshine hours in the country, with 546.
Whakatane was first with 578 hours. Pukaki, meanwhile, recorded the country's lowest temperature on February 23, at -2.4 degrees.
- The Timaru Herald