The best times to visit New Plymouth for ideal weather are
November 19th to April 29th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
New Plymouth Travel Guide
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Weather in New Plymouth
Average temperatures in New Plymouth vary somewhat. 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 33rd 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 New Plymouth, 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 73.4°F (23°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 56.4°F (13.6°C) at night.
New Plymouth Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
New Plymouth Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
New Plymouth Perceived Temperature (F)
New Plymouth Perceived Temperature (C)
Average New Plymouth 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in New Plymouth are January, 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 late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid September with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of September 10th.
When can you find snow in New Plymouth? 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 New Plymouth.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in New Plymouth (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
New Plymouth has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (73.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (79%).
Wind in New Plymouth is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by September and November. October’s average wind speed of around 12.3 knots (14.1 MPH or 22.8 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 20 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in New Plymouth.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||10.3||Gentle breeze||16.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.9||Gentle breeze||14.5||Significant breeze|
|Mar||9.7||Gentle breeze||15.3||Significant breeze|
|Apr||9.8||Gentle breeze||15.1||Significant breeze|
|May||9.7||Gentle breeze||15.3||Significant breeze|
|Jun||10.8||Gentle breeze||16.6||Significant breeze|
|Jul||10.5||Gentle breeze||16.4||Significant breeze|
|Aug||9.8||Gentle breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
|Sep||11.3||Significant breeze||17.5||Significant breeze|
|Oct||12.3||Significant breeze||18.7||Strong breeze|
|Nov||11||Significant breeze||17.3||Significant breeze|
|Dec||9.9||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to New Plymouth?
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 New Plymouth, 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 New Plymouth 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
Overall New Plymouth Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 71.6°F (22°C) and 58.8°F (14.9°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 10 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 10 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in New Plymouth, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 67.1°F (19.5°C) and 59.1°F (15.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 11 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 New Plymouth to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 73.4°F (23°C) and 67.8°F (19.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.