The best times to visit Tongariro National Park for ideal weather are

January 8th 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.

 

 


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Weather in Tongariro National Park

Temperature

Average temperatures in Tongariro National Park vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 10th 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 Tongariro National Park, 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 70°F (21.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 46.7°F (8.2°C) at night.

Tongariro National Park Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Tongariro National Park Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Tongariro National Park Perceived Temperature (F)

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Tongariro National Park Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Tongariro National Park 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 67.3 55.8 42.7
Feb 67.1 55.1 43.2
Mar 64.7 53.5 41.7
Apr 58.5 49.6 40.2
May 52.2 43.6 34.1
Jun 47.6 40.7 32.9
Jul 45.5 38.3 30.7
Aug 47.9 39.9 31.3
Sep 50.6 42.4 33.7
Oct 55.5 46.4 36.2
Nov 58.6 48.8 38.1
Dec 64.2 54.5 44.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 19.6 13.2 5.9
Feb 19.5 12.8 6.2
Mar 18.2 11.9 5.4
Apr 14.7 9.8 4.6
May 11.2 6.4 1.2
Jun 8.7 4.8 0.5
Jul 7.5 3.5 -0.7
Aug 8.8 4.4 -0.4
Sep 10.3 5.8 0.9
Oct 13.1 8 2.3
Nov 14.8 9.3 3.4
Dec 17.9 12.5 6.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Tongariro National Park are February, March, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid February. For example, on the week of February 19th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid to late September with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of September 17th.

When can you find snow in Tongariro National Park? 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 Tongariro National Park.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Tongariro National Park (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 16% 0 2.6
Feb 14% 0 1.7
Mar 15% 0 1.9
Apr 28% 0 3.8
May 25% 0 2.6
Jun 32% 0 3.5
Jul 25% 0 2.9
Aug 28% 0 3.2
Sep 34% 0 4
Oct 31% 0 4.2
Nov 27% 0 3.6
Dec 20% 0 2.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 16 0 6.6
Feb 14 0 4.3
Mar 15 0 4.8
Apr 28 0 9.7
May 25 0 6.6
Jun 32 0 8.9
Jul 25 0 7.4
Aug 28 0 8.1
Sep 34 0 10.2
Oct 31 0 10.7
Nov 27 0 9.1
Dec 20 0 5.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Tongariro National Park has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is January (66.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (83.2%).

Wind in Tongariro National Park is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by September and December. October’s average wind speed of around 10.3 knots (11.8 MPH or 19 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 July where average top sustained speeds reach 17.3 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Tongariro National Park.

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Wind

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

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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 8.9 Gentle breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Feb 7.6 Gentle breeze 12 Significant breeze
Mar 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Apr 8.7 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze
May 8.2 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Jun 9.5 Gentle breeze 15.3 Significant breeze
Jul 9.1 Gentle breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Aug 8.9 Gentle breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Sep 9.8 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Oct 10.3 Gentle breeze 16.4 Significant breeze
Nov 9.7 Gentle breeze 15.3 Significant breeze
Dec 9.7 Gentle breeze 15.2 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 66.2%
Feb 70.1%
Mar 70%
Apr 77.4%
May 79.7%
Jun 83.2%
Jul 80.3%
Aug 78.8%
Sep 74.4%
Oct 74%
Nov 71.2%
Dec 71.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Tongariro National Park?

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 Tongariro National Park, 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 Tongariro National Park 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

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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 36 in October means 36% of the tourists vs. December.

 

 

Overall Tongariro National Park Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 67.1°F (19.5°C) and 48.8°F (9.3°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 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 still jacket weather. These months see moderate precipitation with 8 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Tongariro National Park, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 61.7°F (16.5°C) and 49°F (9.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 8 to 10 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 too cold this time of year in Tongariro National Park to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 70°F (21.1°C) and 62.4°F (16.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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