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Quick kiwi weather quiz have decided to have a bit of fun and test your kiwi weather knowledge so we’ve put together a 10 question quiz about weather in these parts.

Feel free to put your answers in our comments section and we’ll provide the answers later.

1/ What year was New Zealand’s highest temperature of 42.4 degrees recorded?

2/ Which city is windier overall, Invercargill, Wellington or Palmerston North?

3/ Which city receives more rain each year than the other? Auckland or Dunedin

4/ What year did Cyclone Bola hit NZ?

5/ Which area of New Zealand is the driest annually?

6/ What year in the 1980s did Invercargill get serious flooding?

7/ NZ’s peak wind gust is 250kph. Where was it recorded?

8/ Timaru had 2 record breaking temperatures last Sunday recorded at the airport and in the gardens. What were they?

9/ Which city in the country receives the most snow each year on average?

10/ Finally, which town has the North Island’s highest recorded temperature?

Thanks for having a look and again we’d love to receive your answers and all we have on offer is the knowledge that you’re a real kiwi weather buff!


Graham on 13/02/2011 12:22am

1/ 1973

2/ Wellington

3/ Auckland

4/ 1988

5/ Central Otago

6/ ?

7/ Mt John, Canterbury. Unless you count 268km/h at Oteranga valley, west of Wellington

8/ 40.3 and 41.3

9/ Dunedin?

10/ Ruatoria

Elspeth on 12/02/2011 10:35pm

1) Marlborough
2) Palmerston North, it is ALWAYS windy there!!!
3) Auckland
4) 1988
5) Otago?
6) Don’t know
7) Mt Bruce
8) 40.2 and 4.1 (within 48 hours ugh!!!)
9) Dunedin?
10) Waiouru?

Guest on 12/02/2011 8:35pm

Rangiora in 1973
Somewhere in Central Otago
January 1984
Mid Dome?
40 and 41?

sw on 12/02/2011 7:26pm

1 rangiora 2 wellington 3 auckland 4 1988 5 central otago 6 1984 7 mt kau kau 8 40.3 41.3 9 dunedin 10 ruatoria

Dave on 12/02/2011 8:18pm

looks right to me, except 7: mt kau kau.
I think the 250kph gust was at Mt John Observatory, and one other location shares the record (not Mt Kau Kau though)

Guest on 12/02/2011 7:03pm

Hey love this idea guys! I’m not sure how I’m going though

First one I cant get the year but 1970s or 1980 something



I was there in 1987!


At a guess 1985

Probably welly?


Napier maybe


Thanks again, Jess

Jo on 12/02/2011 6:58pm

1. Rangiora in 1973
5.Otago, Alexandra
6. 1983
7.Mt John, Canterbury
8.40.3 degrees highest since records began. Quickest drop in Temperature?
9. Tekapo
10. Ruatoria, also in 1973

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