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

October 8th to May 6th

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 Plenty Travel Info

Weather in Bay of Plenty


Average temperatures in Bay of Plenty vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 46th 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 Plenty, 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 76.8°F (24.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.4°F (15.8°C) at night.

Bay of Plenty Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Bay of Plenty Temperatures (Celsius)


“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 Plenty Perceived Temperature (F)


Bay of Plenty Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Bay of Plenty 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

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 75.9 67.7 58.9
Feb 76.1 68.1 59.3
Mar 73.7 65.3 56.4
Apr 69.2 61.1 52.5
May 64.2 55.7 46.9
Jun 60 52.4 44.3
Jul 58.7 50.7 42.1
Aug 60.2 52.5 44
Sep 62.5 54.9 46.3
Oct 65.7 57.7 48.8
Nov 69.9 61.3 52.1
Dec 72.7 65.3 57.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 24.4 19.8 14.9
Feb 24.5 20.1 15.2
Mar 23.2 18.5 13.6
Apr 20.7 16.2 11.4
May 17.9 13.2 8.3
Jun 15.6 11.3 6.8
Jul 14.8 10.4 5.6
Aug 15.7 11.4 6.7
Sep 16.9 12.7 7.9
Oct 18.7 14.3 9.3
Nov 21.1 16.3 11.2
Dec 22.6 18.5 14.3



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Bay of Plenty are January, February, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early August with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 30th.

When can you find snow in Bay of Plenty? 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 Plenty.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 14% 0 3.5
Feb 14% 0 2.6
Mar 19% 0 4.1
Apr 21% 0 5.2
May 25% 0 4.4
Jun 28% 0 5.2
Jul 27% 0 5.2
Aug 28% 0 4.4
Sep 25% 0 3.1
Oct 19% 0 2.6
Nov 15% 0 1.5
Dec 22% 0 4.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 14 0 8.9
Feb 14 0 6.6
Mar 19 0 10.4
Apr 21 0 13.2
May 25 0 11.2
Jun 28 0 13.2
Jul 27 0 13.2
Aug 28 0 11.2
Sep 25 0 7.9
Oct 19 0 6.6
Nov 15 0 3.8
Dec 22 0 10.7


Humidity and Wind

Bay of Plenty has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is November (63% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (74.7%).

Wind in Bay of Plenty is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by November and December. October’s average wind speed of around 8.9 knots (10.2 MPH or 16.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 15.8 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


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

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.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 7.9 Gentle breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Feb 7 Gentle breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Mar 7 Gentle breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Apr 6.4 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
May 6.1 Light breeze 10.8 Significant breeze
Jun 7 Gentle breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Jul 7 Gentle breeze 12 Significant breeze
Aug 6.9 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Sep 7.6 Gentle breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Oct 8.9 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Nov 8.4 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Dec 8 Gentle breeze 12.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 64.3%
Feb 64.9%
Mar 65.6%
Apr 70.8%
May 74.1%
Jun 74.7%
Jul 73.4%
Aug 72.9%
Sep 69.7%
Oct 66%
Nov 63%
Dec 67.6%


Is it Safe to Travel to Bay of Plenty?

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 Plenty, New Zealand is December, followed by April and July. 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 Plenty in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 36 in October means 36% of the tourists vs. December.



Overall Bay of Plenty Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 75.1°F (23.9°C) and 61.2°F (16.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is fairly slow 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 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Bay of Plenty, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 72.2°F (22.3°C) and 61.6°F (16.4°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 the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Bay of Plenty to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 76.8°F (24.9°C) and 71.9°F (22.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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