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Best place for a Kiwi holiday?

So many Kiwis head away over the holiday period with thoughts of chasing some sunshine in their own little piece of paradise but where exactly is that?

As we know, Nelson and Blenheim head the stakes in terms of sunshine figures year after year with Tauranga not too far behind. Is it just the sun we’re after or is it the heat as well?

In terms of warmth, the Far North and Gisborne are top of the pack with summer averages. You might think that Central Otago would be the hottest overall, as Alexandra tends to dominate the daytime highs but cool nights and cool sou’ west winds at times, brings the overall temperature down a little for the town.

Now all of those places mentioned are popular holiday destinations and of course there are other major factors at play, such as where your family live, what type of holiday you can have on a tight budget etc etc..

If you could choose one place year after year ( and perhaps you already do this ), where would that be and is the weather that reliable? What have been the best and worst times regarding the weather? What do you look for when heading away?

I remember as a youngster that my Dad was sick of the sight of drizzle day after day in Timaru one bleak summer and declared out of the blue that we were off to Nelson that day. We arrived in the promised land of sunshine 8 hours later to overcast skies, strong winds and downpours from time to time..suddenly home didn’t seem so bad!

If you wish, feel free to post a comment and vote for your top town or region!


Jase T on 1/02/2009 12:23am

I dont tend to leave Christchurch as my family are here. Love the summers generally and the hot norwester. I go to the beach but if it’s a bit windy, I head to the Waimak river or down to Coes Ford.

Boiling hot again this arvo and it has been a great summer and I’ve been telling my aussie mates who are here that it’s always like this

Really like the site and read it all the time.

Thanks guys


WW Forecast Team on 1/02/2009 12:27am

Thanks for your support Jase and Christchurch is again in the 30s this afternoon…Keep cool!



Kiritopa on 31/01/2009 11:01pm

The East Coast, Gisborne and Mahia get my vote. The ranges to the west create a significant barrier to moisture and heat the region with warm fohn winds. A classic summer day on the East Coast is cloudless, the air is clear, the temperature is in the late 20s to mid 30s and the oppressing humidity of the north is turned away at the gorge. I suspect it’s one of the very days there right now. Why else do I prefer this region? The beaches.

WW Forecast Team on 31/01/2009 11:34pm

It might get your vote and especially today too. Both Gisborne and Mahia are now in the low 30s.

Sounds like a wonderful place!



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