The best times to visit Waihau Bay for ideal weather are

October 22nd to May 20th

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 Waihau Bay


Average temperatures in Waihau Bay vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 50th 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 Waihau Bay, 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 73.3°F (22.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.9°F (16.1°C) at night.

Waihau Bay Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Waihau Bay 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.

Waihau Bay Perceived Temperature (F)


Waihau Bay Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Waihau Bay 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 65.6 58.9
Feb 72.9 66.2 59.9
Mar 71 64.2 57.5
Apr 67.7 61.2 54.7
May 63.4 56.9 50
Jun 59.8 53.9 47.2
Jul 58.1 52.2 45.8
Aug 59.1 53 46.5
Sep 60.6 54.7 48.2
Oct 62.7 56.5 49.6
Nov 65.7 59.3 52.6
Dec 69.3 63.2 57.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 22.2 18.7 14.9
Feb 22.7 19 15.5
Mar 21.7 17.9 14.2
Apr 19.8 16.2 12.6
May 17.4 13.8 10
Jun 15.4 12.2 8.4
Jul 14.5 11.2 7.7
Aug 15.1 11.7 8.1
Sep 15.9 12.6 9
Oct 17.1 13.6 9.8
Nov 18.7 15.2 11.4
Dec 20.7 17.3 14



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Waihau Bay are February, January, 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 mid February. For example, on the week of February 19th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early August with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 30th.

When can you find snow in Waihau Bay? 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 Waihau Bay.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 15% 0 2.6
Feb 13% 0 2.2
Mar 18% 0 4.1
Apr 20% 0 3.5
May 20% 0 3.8
Jun 29% 0 5
Jul 29% 0 6.6
Aug 31% 0 4.7
Sep 24% 0 3.9
Oct 21% 0 3.7
Nov 16% 0 2.1
Dec 18% 0 3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 15 0 6.6
Feb 13 0 5.6
Mar 18 0 10.4
Apr 20 0 8.9
May 20 0 9.7
Jun 29 0 12.7
Jul 29 0 16.8
Aug 31 0 11.9
Sep 24 0 9.9
Oct 21 0 9.4
Nov 16 0 5.3
Dec 18 0 7.6


Humidity and Wind

Waihau Bay has some very humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (72.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (77.5%).

Wind in Waihau Bay is usually stronger than many places. The windiest month is October, followed by September and June. October’s average wind speed of around 14.8 knots (17 MPH or 27.4 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 24.5 knots, which is considered a strong breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 13 Significant breeze 19.1 Strong breeze
Feb 12.2 Significant breeze 18.5 Strong breeze
Mar 12.7 Significant breeze 18.7 Strong breeze
Apr 12.3 Significant breeze 18.2 Strong breeze
May 12.4 Significant breeze 18.9 Strong breeze
Jun 13.5 Significant breeze 20.6 Strong breeze
Jul 13.2 Significant breeze 19.9 Strong breeze
Aug 13.2 Significant breeze 19.7 Strong breeze
Sep 14.3 Significant breeze 21 Strong breeze
Oct 14.8 Significant breeze 22.3 Very strong breeze
Nov 13.3 Significant breeze 20.3 Strong breeze
Dec 12.4 Significant breeze 18.4 Strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 74.6%
Feb 74.3%
Mar 72.9%
Apr 74.4%
May 73.8%
Jun 73.7%
Jul 73.5%
Aug 74.9%
Sep 74.3%
Oct 74.1%
Nov 74.3%
Dec 77.5%


Is it Safe to Travel to Waihau Bay?

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 Waihau Bay, 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 Waihau Bay 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

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 Waihau Bay Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 72.4°F (22.4°C) and 60.7°F (15.9°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 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 brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 9 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Waihau Bay, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 68°F (20°C) and 59.7°F (15.4°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 7 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 perfect this time of year in Waihau Bay to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 73.3°F (22.9°C) and 68°F (20°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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