The best times to visit Whakatane for ideal weather are
October 8th to May 6th
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Weather in Whakatane
Average temperatures in Whakatane vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 46th 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 Whakatane, 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 76.8°F (24.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.4°F (15.8°C) at night.
Whakatane Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Whakatane Temperatures (Celsius)
Whakatane Perceived Temperature (F)
Whakatane Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Whakatane Temperatures by Month
|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 Whakatane are January, February, 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 January. For example, on the week of January 1st 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 Whakatane? 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 Whakatane.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Whakatane (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
Whakatane has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is November (63% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (74.7%).
Wind in Whakatane is usually moderate. The windiest month is October, followed by November and December. October’s average wind speed of around 8.9 knots (10.2 MPH or 16.5 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 15.8 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Whakatane.
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||7.9||Gentle breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7||Gentle breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7||Gentle breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.4||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
|May||6.1||Light breeze||10.8||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7||Gentle breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7||Gentle breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.9||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.6||Gentle breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||8.9||Gentle breeze||14.7||Significant breeze|
|Nov||8.4||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8||Gentle breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Whakatane?
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 Whakatane, 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 Whakatane 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 Whakatane Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 75.1°F (23.9°C) and 61.2°F (16.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 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 brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Whakatane, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 72.2°F (22.3°C) and 61.6°F (16.4°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 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 Whakatane to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 76.8°F (24.9°C) and 71.9°F (22.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.