weather warning

An active front, preceded by a strong northerly flow, is forecast to cross the country during Saturday and Sunday

extended nz forecast

regional forecast

coastal marine forecast


North Island, Rain, possibly heavy, easing to showers afternoon, clearing in the east later. South Island, Showers in the west, heavy for a time. Rain developing in the south, with snow to 500 metres. Fine elsewhere.


North Island, Showers about and west of the Central Plateau, mainly fine in the east. South Island, showers with snow to 500 metres in the south and east. A few showers in the west, clearing later.


North Island, Showers about the west and east coasts, otherwise cloudy periods. South Island, Showers or rain in the east, with snow to 500 metres in the south. Fine in the west.

Chatham Islands

Rain and strong northerlies. Rain easing to showers on Monday, and northerlies easing. Showers continue through Tuesday.

Warnings and watches are in effect for central and southern New Zealand.

Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Fine spells with remaining showers clearing tonight. Cloudy tomorrow, with a few showers from afternoon.

Gisborne and Hawkes Bay


Waikato to Wellington, including the central high country, also Wairarapa

Cloudy periods, with a few showers in the west clearing tonight. Cloudy tomorrow, with evening rain and northerly gales for Wellington and Wairarapa.

Marlborough and Nelson

Fine at first. Rain developing tomorrow, heavy later with northerly gales in exposed places.

Buller to Fiordland

A few showers, but rain in Fiordland spreading elsewhere tomorrow, heavy and possibly thundery. Gale northerlies for a time tomorrow.

Canterbury, Otago and Southland

Variable high cloud, with a few spots of rain. Northerly gales tomorrow, severe about the High Country.

Chatham Islands

Cloudy periods, few showers early tomorrow.


Variable 10 knots but northwest 15 knots north of Separation Point. Becoming northwest 20 knots but 30 knots in the north Saturday afternoon, then easing to northwest 20 knots everywhere late Saturday evening. Sea becoming rough in the north for a time. Northerly swell 1 metre developing. Poor visibility in rain for a time Saturday afternoon.

Outlook following 3 days: Easing early Sunday variable 10 knots in the south. Becoming Monday southwest 15 knots everywhere for a time, then becoming late Monday southeast 15 knots in the north.