weather warning

An active front moves slowly across New Zealand during Wednesday and Thursday, bringing a period of rain to much of the north and west of the country

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, rain with heavy falls north of Taranaki to East Cape. Scattered rain elsewhere. South Island, rain with heavy falls in the north and west. High cloud elsewhere, with scattered rain spreading northwards.


North Island, rain with some heavy falls north of Taranaki to East Cape, easing later. Scattered rain elsewhere clearing. South Island, rain in the west easing to a few showers. Scattered rain in the east clearing, becoming mainly fine.


North Island, showers in the north, easing later. In the south,cloudy periods for western areas but fine in the east, scattered showers inland from afternoon. South Island, a few showers in the west, mainly fine in the east.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods on Thursday with rain developing later in the day, easing to showers late Friday. Northwesterlies, strong at times, easing Sunday.

The northern half of the North Island, that's from North Taranaki and Taupo northwards, including Bay of Plenty

Mostly cloudy with a few showers. Rain developing tomorrow evening or at night.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Fine apart from a few showers about the western ranges.

South Taranaki and Taihape to Wellington, also Wairarapa

Mainly fine at first. Patchy rain developing tomorrow evening.

Marlborough, Nelson, Buller and northern Westland

Cloud increasing. Isolated showers, turning to rain tomorrow with some heavy falls, especially about Nelson and Westland.


High cloud increasing. Scattered, mainly light, rain developing tomorrow morning.

Otago and Southland

Isolated showers and thunderstorms about Southland and eastern Otago today. Scattered rain developing tomorrow morning.

Southern Westland and Fiordland

Periods of rain. Some heavy falls tomorrow.

Chatham Islands



Northeast 20 knots, but 30 knots south of Mahia Peninsula. Sea rough in the south. Northeast swell rising to 2 metres.

Outlook following 3 days: Northeast 25 knots with rough sea, easing early Friday northerly 15 knots. Moderate northeast swell, easing Thursday.