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NZ’s worst weather city

Still our Top Debate — Now we think this is a bit of a tough call but when you add all the weather elements together, where do you think the harshest weather takes place in a city in Godzone.

Take into account the wind, the rain, the gloomy days and some chilly temps and what do you end up with.?

Now a city classifies a popoluation of 25,000 people or more which gives us plenty of cities nationally to choose from.

We’re not just talking rough winters but all year round.Have you lived there and what was it like? What did you have to put up with?

We’d love to hear your comments!


Lidds on 15/01/2022 6:33am

Anywhere in Southland! The winters last about 9 months and are soul destroying.
Constant drizzle, fog that lasts for days, none chilling winds and lack of light. Coming back from Queenstown you could actually see the quality of the light deteriorate at Lumsden.
It is VILE.
It actually got to the point where you began to fear the onset of winter, which started in about early March. The summer lasted for about a month and a half and on the hottest days the sun was so brutal and searing you simply couldn’t go outside.
It was Hell, absolute Hell.

CLIMASTER on 22/03/2021 1:44pm

Without any doubt, Invercargill easily wins this challenge with his 160 rainy days (more than 1mm) a year, combined with less than 1700 sunshine hours a year. Moreover, it’s one of the coldest city of the whole country…

Need Vit D on 27/02/2021 3:43am

Timaru here, possibly the most overcast town in NZ. Timaru had a wonderfully clear and settled winter. Last week of September came the overcast. Five months later still overcast nearly every day. We have had some warm days, but little sun. Last summer was same. Gonna move to BOP or Hawkes Bay, too depressing (literally) here, grey sky every morning, spirits shattered.

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