The best times to visit Bay of Islands for ideal weather are

January 29th to March 25th

or

October 8th to December 9th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Bay of Islands Travel Info

Weather in Bay of Islands

Temperature

Average temperatures in Bay of Islands vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 61st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Bay of Islands, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January and early February where highs are regularly around 74.6°F (23.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.2°F (16.2°C) at night.

Bay of Islands Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Bay of Islands Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Bay of Islands Perceived Temperature (F)

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Bay of Islands Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Bay of Islands Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan73.265.958.6
Feb7466.960.3
Mar72.36558.4
Apr696255.7
May64.657.551.1
Jun61.454.848.6
Jul59.753.247.1
Aug60.65448
Sep62.255.248.6
Oct64.656.949.5
Nov67.559.952.5
Dec70.463.757.4

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan22.918.814.8
Feb23.319.415.7
Mar22.418.314.7
Apr20.616.713.2
May18.114.210.6
Jun16.312.79.2
Jul15.411.88.4
Aug15.912.28.9
Sep16.812.99.2
Oct18.113.89.7
Nov19.715.511.4
Dec21.317.614.1

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Bay of Islands are November, January, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late October. For example, on the week of October 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 2nd.

When can you find snow in Bay of Islands? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Bay of Islands.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Bay of Islands (in).

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan12%02.7
Feb17%03
Mar17%04.3
Apr20%03.3
May26%04.4
Jun28%04.3
Jul32%06.3
Aug32%05.2
Sep25%03.6
Oct18%02.1
Nov12%01.6
Dec20%04.4

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan1206.9
Feb1707.6
Mar17010.9
Apr2008.4
May26011.2
Jun28010.9
Jul32016
Aug32013.2
Sep2509.1
Oct1805.3
Nov1204.1
Dec20011.2

 

Humidity and Wind

Bay of Islands has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is October (73.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (79.4%).

Wind in Bay of Islands is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by July and March. February’s average wind speed of around 6.1 knots (7 MPH or 11.3 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid July where average top sustained speeds reach 12.7 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Bay of Islands.

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan5.5Light breeze9.9Gentle breeze
Feb6.1Light breeze10.6Gentle breeze
Mar6Light breeze10.6Gentle breeze
Apr5.7Light breeze10Gentle breeze
May5.1Light breeze9.3Gentle breeze
Jun5.5Light breeze10.4Gentle breeze
Jul6Light breeze10.8Gentle breeze
Aug5.8Light breeze10.4Gentle breeze
Sep6Light breeze10.7Gentle breeze
Oct5.6Light breeze10.6Gentle breeze
Nov5.3Light breeze9.9Gentle breeze
Dec5.9Light breeze10.4Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan74.4%
Feb75.4%
Mar75.4%
Apr77.1%
May78.9%
Jun79.4%
Jul79.3%
Aug79.3%
Sep77.1%
Oct73.8%
Nov74.4%
Dec78.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Bay of Islands?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for New Zealand; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 30, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Bay of Islands, New Zealand is January, followed by June and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Bay of Islands in April. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 65.3 in April means 65.3% of the tourists vs. January.

 

 

Overall Bay of Islands Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 73.5°F (23.1°C) and 62.1°F (16.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Bay of Islands, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 69.6°F (20.9°C) and 61.3°F (16.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 7 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Bay of Islands to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 74.6°F (23.7°C) and 69.5°F (20.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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