weather warning

PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN FOR EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY, MOUNT TARANAKI AND THE TARARUA RANGE A large complex trough, with several embedded fronts and low centres, is slowly moving eastwards across New Zealand today and Wednesday

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, showers in most places, but mainly fine in the east from Gisborne to Wairarapa. South Island, rain or showers in the south and west, with the odd shower elsewhere.


A few showers, but rain spreading onto the western North Island and northern South Island at night.


North Island, periods of rain spreading eastwards, with some heavy and thundery falls in the west. South Island, rain spreading southwards, with some heavy falls possible in the north and east. Mainly fine or becoming mainly fine in Westland and Fiordland.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods and a few showers, with northwest winds on Thursday. Showers and westerlies on Friday, strong winds for a time. Rain with possible heavy falls developing on Saturday. Westerlies turning northerly and possibly rising to gale for a time.

For all of the North Island, except Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Showers, some heavy with squally thunderstorms and hail, easing tomorrow evening.

Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa

Mainly fine. However, brief rain this evening and isolated showers tomorrow.

Marlborough, Nelson and Buller

Showers, with isolated squally thunderstorms and hail, easing tomorrow afternoon and clearing in Marlborough and much of Nelson by evening.


A few showers in the north, spreading to most places tomorrow.


Cloud increasing and scattered rain developing this evening, clearing tomorrow.

Otago and Southland excluding Stewart Island

Fine today. Scattered rain developing about the south coast tomorrow morning and spreading north later.

Fiordland and Stewart Island

A few showers, becoming frequent and heavier tomorrow.

Chatham Islands

Occasional rain.


Northwest 15 knots rising to northerly 30 knots this evening.Becoming northwest 20 knots Wednesday afternoon. Sea becoming rough for a time. Southeast swell 3 metres easing. Poor visibility in showers.

Outlook following 3 days: Rising rising Thursday northwest 40 knots, easing Friday 20 knots, turning late Friday northeast 25 knots. Becoming Saturday northwest 40 knots. Sea very rough at times. Moderate southeast swell, easing Thursday.