The best times to visit North Island for ideal weather are
November 12th 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.
North Island Travel Guide
Other North Island Travel Info
Weather in North Island
Average temperatures in North Island vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 32nd 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 North Island, 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 74.6°F (23.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 53.3°F (11.8°C) at night.
North Island Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
North Island 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.
North Island Perceived Temperature (F)
North Island Perceived Temperature (C)
Average North Island 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 North Island are February, March, 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 April. For example, on the week of April 2nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid August with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of August 13th.
When can you find snow in North Island? 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 North Island.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in North Island (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
North Island has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is January (62.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (79.6%).
Wind in North Island is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by November and January. October’s average wind speed of around 8.7 knots (10 MPH or 16.1 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 to mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 14.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in North Island.
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||7.5||Gentle breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.5||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.9||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.4||Light breeze||11.4||Significant breeze|
|May||6||Light breeze||10.9||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7.2||Gentle breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||6.9||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.6||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.2||Gentle breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Oct||8.7||Gentle breeze||14.3||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.9||Gentle breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.3||Gentle breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to North Island?
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 North Island, 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 North Island 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
Overall North Island Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 71.4°F (21.9°C) and 54.1°F (12.3°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 6 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 still jacket weather. These months see the most precipitation with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in North Island, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 69.8°F (21°C) and 56.2°F (13.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 8 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 somewhat cool this time of year in North Island to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 74.6°F (23.7°C) and 69.1°F (20.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.