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NZ’s worst weather town/region

Recently we looked at the dullest, dampest, coolest and windiest city and votes came in for centres across both the North and South Islands and today we thought we’d ask for your most bleak spot anywhere in the country.

It could be a town or a region but what area makes you think it’s pretty miserable there from time to time and we’d like to know why you think that’s the case.

It might be somewhere where you went for your holidays and often the weather turned sour or a place that you lived in or currently live in and notice the frequent dismal days.

In case you missed it, Invercargill, Dunedin and Palmerston North were the 3 cities that got many votes with Auckland hot on the heels of those centres.

Please let us know your thoughts and we’ll publish them as soon as we can.



sw on 21/11/2011 7:38am

Auckland,look at this month,almost all SW direction and boring partly cloudy and Gale force winds,Can put up with the rain,humidity and cold but not this dreary wind day after day,beginning to think autumn and winter is looking better now.

RW on 21/11/2011 7:56pm

Try spending the same period down in the King Country. You would get all the rain events and a lot more cloud.

Guest on 21/11/2011 6:17am

The Sth Island east coast from Christchurch southwards isnt flash.
Long spells of easterly crap, Plus the ENE sea breeze can really ruin a nice day.

RW on 21/11/2011 9:05am

Just having one of your less good years, a far cry from the likes of 2003. Colder, duller and more persistently easterly/southerly regimes have certainly occurred in the past – probbaly one of the worst was from December 1937 to November 1938, with 895mm rainfall in Ch’ch and only 1758 hours of sun at the Gardens site. Down at Waimate it was worse, with only 1562 hours (and only 1488 for the calendar year 1937).

During this same period there was a lot of dry sunny weather in Central Otago and the Lakes, with 2343 hours at Alexandra in 1938, easily its highest total.

Chloe on 20/11/2011 11:12pm

Waitati on the Kilmog just north of Dunnerz often gets cloud, rain,fog, gales and snow and is so bad.

Sharalee on 20/11/2011 11:05pm

There is a spot between Stratford and Hawera that is always cloudy and rains more often than not. Not sure which town the area is within but there is just farmland there.

sw on 21/11/2011 12:36am


RW on 21/11/2011 5:25am

If it is – then it’s drier than Stratford. Rainfall increases steadily as you travel north on that road until it reaches a peak at about Midhirst.

Shenah on 20/11/2011 10:56pm

Waikanae. 95% of the time it’s raining and windy or overcast and windy.. Bit like right now..Lots of rain and strong winds. Only had 3 weeks of sunshine all up, all last summer.

Tina on 20/11/2011 10:40pm

Greymouth is soooo wet and often and must be up there on the list!

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