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Weather and Climate Bay of Islands

By Chloe · August 2023 · 2 min read
One of the most spectacular travel destinations in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is backed by generally pleasant weather; this 16 km-wide inlet tells historic stories of early Maori and European settlement and offers some of the most stunning views of surrounding bushland, forests and the surrounding ocean.

Situated in the far north of the North Island of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is home to the superb beaches of Paihia, the historic township of Russell, Waitangi, Puketi Forest in Kerikeri, Opua Port, and Haruru Falls, among many other scenic and historic highlights.

Temperatures and Rainfall

Bay of Islands weather is dominated by a sub tropical climate with summer temperatures averaging at 24°C / 75°F while the winter average temperature is 16°C / 61°F. Rain is at times severe in the winter months of June, July, and August with an average of 16 days of rain followed by 11 days of rain in spring (Sep - Nov) and autumn (Mar - May). Bay of Islands weather changes according to the four seasons, which are Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.


Bay of Islands weather in summer is pleasantly hot and is considered the perfect tourist season both for domestic and international travellers. There is lot of sunshine during the long days, followed by a pleasant wind in the night making it perfect for beach walk. Summer in Bay of Islands is from December to February and the average temperatures vary from 24.8°C / 77°F to 26.4°C / 79°F.



Bay of Islands weather in Autumn has cooler temperatures than summer and the entire landscape is filled in a hue of different colours. Autumn in Bay of Islands begin in March and end in May. The average temperature in this season varies from a high of 21°C / 70°F to a low of 11°C / 52°F. The highest average temperature is in the month of March, which is 24°C / 75°F.



Bay of islands weather in Winter is perfect for exploring, take a Hole in the Rock cruise and swimming with the dolphins. Winter months are from June to August. The average temperature in this season varies from a high of 16°C / 61°F to a low of 7°C / 45°F. The lowest average temperature is in the month of June, which is 15.6°C / 60°F.



Bay of islands weather in Spring is perfect for leisure and idling around. Spring months are from September to November and are known as the magical months. It is also the season when several flowers bloom filling this part of 'middle earth' with a variety of beautiful colours. The average temperature in this season varies from a high of 19°C / 67°F to a low of 9°C / 48°F. Bay of Island receives a good rainfall of 11 days.

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