Rain was collected on the southern portion of the South Island of New Zealand during the summer of 1999 (January-March) during which time significant losses of ozone and increased UV were reported in the stratosphere over New Zealand. Iron and hydrogen peroxide concentrations were measured in rainwater because these analytes are directly influenced by photochemical processes and therefore are particularly susceptible to increasing UV levels. The absolute concentration of dissolved Fe(II) in New Zealand samples was very similar to summertime rain received in Wilmington, NC however the relative contribution of Fe(II) to total Fe was approximately twice as great in New Zealand samples. The larger percentage of reduced iron may reflect higher UV levels in New Zealand since Fe(II) is generated via photochemical reduction of particulate or dissolved Fe(III). No dissolved Fe(III) was detected in New Zealand rainwater, in contrast to the Wilmington site, where summertime Fe(III) concentrations are approximately equal to Fe(II) concentrations. Summertime hydrogen peroxide concentrations and diel variability in New Zealand were similar to other coastal and marine values in both the northern and southern hemispheres suggesting the increasing UV in New Zealand is not significantly increasing hydrogen peroxide concentrations at this location. Any excess photochemically produced hydrogen peroxide in New Zealand may be consumed through oxidation of Fe(II) which is rapidly reformed from photochemical reduction of Fe(III) by the higher UV levels in New Zealand.