Updated 3.30pm Monday — As we do for all the big national holidays we have our extensive Travel Forecast, unique and exclusive to WeatherWatch.co.nz.
Whether you’re returning by car, plane or crossing Cook Strait on a ferry (or perhaps all three!), we have you covered.
We give a simple grade to each forecast. Good means weather conditions should be mostly ideal, Average means nothing severe is expected and Poor means the trip may have uncomfortable times due to turbulence, big seas, slippery roads or high winds.
As always we encourage you to check local road and weather conditions before heading out.
North Island –Mostly dry with passing clouds and light winds – nor’westers may pick up around the lower North Island tonight.
Driving Conditions: Good
South Island – Rain has taken a lot longer to arrive than expected on the West Coast today but tonight but strong winds could make driving tricky at times, especially near the Southern Alps/Otago.Winds are expected to be blustery from this evening onwards. Drive with care.
Driving Conditions: Average to Good
Today – Strong nor’ westers are picking up over inland areas now but moreso around the Southern Alps. Gales are also likely near the Wellington region tonight. At this stage we don’t anticipate flight cancellations. We cannot comment on specific flights. Conditions look good for flying elsewhere.
Flying Conditions: North Island – Good but average around Wellington. South Island – Average to Good
By Sea – Cook Strait
Today – A developing nor’wester will likely rise to severe gale force by tonight around Cook Strait. However seas are fairly calm as a 1 metre southerly dies out and a 1 metre chop develops with those strong opposing winds. Conditions: Good to average
This marine forecast is not intended for recreational use – for extensive marine forecasts visit www.weathermap.co.nz
– All forecasts here are created by WeatherWatch.co.nz