Introduction

Get weather forecasts for national parks and other conservation areas, as well as severe weather warnings, the brief mountain forecast and other weather bulletins.

New Zealand's weather changes rapidly

It can be very cold at any time of the year. Always be physically and mentally prepared for the worst conditions and be ready to change your plans if necessary.

Park forecasts are grouped by region below.

Severe weather and avalanches

Before heading out check the severe weather warnings.

If you are going into the mountains check the New Zealand Avalanche Advisory as well as weather forecasts.

The latest information and conditions can be found at the nearest DOC visitor centre.

Weather providers

NIWA

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) provides weather forecasts for national parks across New Zealand.

MetService

MetService provides short and extended forecasts for New Zealand, including: 

Forecasts by region

Northland

Te Paki Recreation Reserve:

  • Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua

Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park:

Waipoua Forest:

Great Barrier Island/Aotea:

  • Mt Heale Hut

Coromandel

Coromandel Forest Park:

Waikato

Pirongia Forest Park:

  • Mt Pirongia

Pureora Forest Park:

Bay of Plenty

Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park:

  • Waitawheta Hut

East Coast

Te Urewera:

Raukumara Conservation Park:

Central North Island

Tongariro National Park

Kaimanawa Forest Park:

Taranaki

Egmont National Park

Manawatu/Whanganui

Whanganui National Park

Hawke’s Bay

Kaweka Forest Park:

  • Kaweka J Summit

Ruahine Forest Park:

Wairarapa and Wellington/Kapiti

Aorangi Forest Park:

Remutaka Forest Park:

Tararua Forest Park

Nelson/Tasman

Abel Tasman National Park:

Kahurangi National Park

Nelson Lakes National Park

Mount Richmond Forest Park:

Marlborough

Kaikōura area and Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Clarence:

Mount Richmond Forest Park:

West Coast

Victoria Forest Park

Canterbury

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Arthur's Pass National Park

Hakatere Conservation Park:

  • Mt Arrowsmith
  • Woolshed Creek Hut

Craigieburn Forest Park:

  • Mt Cheeseman

Lake Sumner Forest Park:

  • Devilskin Saddle

St James Conservation Area:

  • Christopher Hut

Oxford Forest Conservation Area:

  • Mt Oxford

Ruataniwha Conservation Park:

  • Huxley Forks Hut

Canterbury High Country regional forecast

Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park:

Otago

Mount Aspiring National Park

Oteake Conservation Park:

  • Ida Railway Hut

Catlins coastal area:

Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve:

  • Ben Lomond Summit

Remarkables Conservation Area:

  • Double Cone

Stack Conservation Area:

  • Roys Peak

Southern Lakes:

Fiordland

Fiordland National Park

Southland

Rakiura National Park

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