weather warning

An active front is forecast to move north across the South Island tonight ( Friday) and during Saturday, bringing rain to most places and northwest gales to eastern areas

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, a period of rain or showers moving northeast, then clearing. South Island, a few showers in the west turning to rain with heavy falls, but mainly fine with high cloud in the east. A few showers developing in Southland later.


North Island, a period of rain spreading from the west, followed by isolated showers. South Island, rain in the west and north, possibly heavy at first, gradually clearing from the south, but a few showers linger about Buller. Elsewhere, showers spreading north with a southerly change, clearing later.


North Island, cloudy periods with isolated showers in the east. Elsewhere, mainly fine. South Island, isolated showers about Fiordland and the south coast. Otherwise fine, apart from areas of morning cloud.

Chatham Islands

Occasional showers developing Sunday afternoon. Northerlies, strong at times on Monday. Winds tending southwest Tuesday and showers gradually clearing.

Northland, Auckland and Coromandel

Mainly fine.

Waikato to Kapiti, including the central high country

Fine, but cloud with patchy light drizzle developing for a time overnight and tomorrow morning. Rain developing tomorrow night in Taranaki and the Kapiti Coast.

Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Wellington

Fine, but cloud increasing in Wellington tomorrow and rain developing there at night.

Buller and northern Westland

Rain developing tonight, with heavy falls tomorrow morning, easing to showers in the afternoon.

Southern Westland and Fiordland

Rain, with heavy and possibly thundery falls from tonight, turning to showers tomorrow morning with possible thunderstorms until afternoon.

Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury

Fine today. Periods of rain or showers tomorrow.

Otago and Southland

High cloud. Showers tomorrow, possibly heavy and thundery near the coast.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods.


*GALE WARNING IN FORCE* Northerly rising to 25 knots but 35 knots east of Kaikoura this morning. Easing to northwest 20 knots everywhere this evening. Sea becoming very rough for a time in the east. Southwest swell offshore, 2 metres easing. Northeast swell rising to 2 metres for a time. Fair visibility in scattered rain this afternoon and evening.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing Sunday morning variable 10 knots. Developing Sunday afternoon northerly 25 knots, rising Monday morning 35 knots. Changing Monday afternoon southwest 25 knots, rising Monday evening 35 knots, then gradually easing Tuesday variable 10 knots.Sea very rough at times. Moderate southwest swell developing Monday. Moderate northeast swell at times.