The best times to visit Lake Hayes for ideal weather are

December 3rd to March 11th

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



Other Lake Hayes Travel Info

Weather in Lake Hayes


Average temperatures in Lake Hayes vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 23rd 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 Lake Hayes, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January and early February where highs are regularly around 73.1°F (22.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 48.5°F (9.2°C) at night.

Lake Hayes Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Lake Hayes 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.

Lake Hayes Perceived Temperature (F)


Lake Hayes Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Lake Hayes 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 72 60.3 47.4
Feb 71.6 59.8 47
Mar 67.5 56.1 43.8
Apr 60.4 49.9 38.8
May 53.2 44 34.6
Jun 48.1 38.6 30.1
Jul 47.3 37.7 28.9
Aug 51.1 41.1 31.5
Sep 55.8 45.5 34.4
Oct 59.6 49.2 37.3
Nov 65 53.7 40.7
Dec 70 58.5 45.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 22.2 15.7 8.6
Feb 22 15.4 8.3
Mar 19.7 13.4 6.6
Apr 15.8 9.9 3.8
May 11.8 6.7 1.4
Jun 8.9 3.7 -1.1
Jul 8.5 3.2 -1.7
Aug 10.6 5.1 -0.3
Sep 13.2 7.5 1.3
Oct 15.3 9.6 2.9
Nov 18.3 12.1 4.8
Dec 21.1 14.7 7.5



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Lake Hayes are November, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early November. For example, on the week of November 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid May with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of May 7th.

When can you find snow in Lake Hayes? 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 Lake Hayes.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Lake Hayes (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 20% 0 3.1
Feb 14% 0 1.7
Mar 15% 0 1.8
Apr 16% 0 2
May 24% 0 3.2
Jun 17% 0 2.3
Jul 15% 0 2
Aug 19% 0 2
Sep 21% 0 2.3
Oct 20% 0 2.5
Nov 11% 0 1.5
Dec 15% 0 1.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 20 0 7.9
Feb 14 0 4.3
Mar 15 0 4.6
Apr 16 0 5.1
May 24 0 8.1
Jun 17 0 5.8
Jul 15 0 5.1
Aug 19 0 5.1
Sep 21 0 5.8
Oct 20 0 6.4
Nov 11 0 3.8
Dec 15 0 4.8


Humidity and Wind

Lake Hayes has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is November (50.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (74%).

Wind in Lake Hayes is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by January and December. November’s average wind speed of around 8.2 knots (9.4 MPH or 15.1 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 early January where average top sustained speeds reach 15 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Lake Hayes.

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 8 Gentle breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Feb 7.5 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze
Mar 6.8 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Apr 6.3 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
May 5.5 Light breeze 9.8 Significant breeze
Jun 6 Light breeze 10.2 Gentle breeze
Jul 5.3 Light breeze 9.3 Significant breeze
Aug 5.4 Light breeze 10 Gentle breeze
Sep 6.5 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Oct 7.8 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Nov 8.2 Gentle breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Dec 7.9 Gentle breeze 14.2 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 51.1%
Feb 55.5%
Mar 58.3%
Apr 65.6%
May 72.1%
Jun 74%
Jul 72.8%
Aug 69.4%
Sep 59.7%
Oct 54.3%
Nov 50.8%
Dec 51.7%


Is it Safe to Travel to Lake Hayes?

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 Lake Hayes, New Zealand is March, followed by July and June. 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 Lake Hayes in November. 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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56.6 in November means 56.6% of the tourists vs. March.



Overall Lake Hayes Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 68.8°F (20.4°C) and 50.2°F (10.1°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 second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see moderate precipitation with 5 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Lake Hayes, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 67.6°F (19.8°C) and 53.9°F (12.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 6 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 somewhat cool this time of year in Lake Hayes to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 73.1°F (22.8°C) and 68.5°F (20.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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