The best times to visit Manapouri for ideal weather are

December 3rd to April 8th

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



Other Manapouri Travel Info

Weather in Manapouri


Average temperatures in Manapouri vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 27th 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 Manapouri, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid February where highs are regularly around 64.8°F (18.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 55.7°F (13.2°C) at night.

Manapouri Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Manapouri 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.

Manapouri Perceived Temperature (F)


Manapouri Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Manapouri 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 63 58 53.8
Feb 64.3 58.9 54.7
Mar 62.1 57.3 53.6
Apr 60 55 51.6
May 56 51.6 48.5
Jun 53.3 48.5 45.4
Jul 52.8 48.1 45.1
Aug 53.7 48.9 45.6
Sep 54.4 49.8 46.2
Oct 55.1 50.4 46.7
Nov 57.1 52.4 48.5
Dec 62.1 56.7 52.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 17.2 14.4 12.1
Feb 17.9 14.9 12.6
Mar 16.7 14.1 12
Apr 15.6 12.8 10.9
May 13.3 10.9 9.2
Jun 11.8 9.2 7.4
Jul 11.6 8.9 7.3
Aug 12.1 9.4 7.6
Sep 12.4 9.9 7.9
Oct 12.8 10.2 8.2
Nov 13.9 11.3 9.2
Dec 16.7 13.7 11.2



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Manapouri are February, April, 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 to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there are 2 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early October with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of October 1st.

When can you find snow in Manapouri? 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 Manapouri.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 48% 0 14.4
Feb 39% 0 9
Mar 46% 0 10.9
Apr 45% 0 12.1
May 55% 0 11.8
Jun 47% 0 9.8
Jul 51% 0 9.7
Aug 51% 0 10
Sep 57% 0 10.2
Oct 65% 0 15.1
Nov 56% 0 13.9
Dec 50% 0 13

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 48 0 36.6
Feb 39 0 22.9
Mar 46 0 27.7
Apr 45 0 30.7
May 55 0 30
Jun 47 0 24.9
Jul 51 0 24.6
Aug 51 0 25.4
Sep 57 0 25.9
Oct 65 0 38.4
Nov 56 0 35.3
Dec 50 0 33


Humidity and Wind

Manapouri has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is July (73.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (75.7%).

Wind in Manapouri is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by September and December. October’s average wind speed of around 9.7 knots (11.2 MPH or 18 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 19 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 9.4 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze
Feb 8.4 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Mar 9.2 Gentle breeze 15.3 Significant breeze
Apr 8.5 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
May 8.4 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Jun 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Jul 8.2 Gentle breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Aug 8.3 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Sep 9.7 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
Oct 9.7 Gentle breeze 17.4 Strong breeze
Nov 9.7 Gentle breeze 17.2 Significant breeze
Dec 9.7 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 75.1%
Feb 74.1%
Mar 75.5%
Apr 74.8%
May 75.7%
Jun 74.3%
Jul 73.5%
Aug 75%
Sep 74.6%
Oct 75.2%
Nov 75%
Dec 74.9%


Is it Safe to Travel to Manapouri?

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 Manapouri, 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 Manapouri 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 Manapouri Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 62.8°F (17.1°C) and 54.8°F (12.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is frequent with 14 to 17 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 14 to 16 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Manapouri, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 59°F (15°C) and 53.5°F (11.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 17 to 20 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 Manapouri to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 64.8°F (18.2°C) and 61.5°F (16.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 11 to 16 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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