SOAK UP THE SUN
(and the rain, sometimes)
The Coastal Bay of Plenty is home to New Zealand’s sunniest town, Whakatāne, which basks in more than 2,000 sunshine hours every year. And our region’s biggest city, Tauranga, isn’t far behind in the sunshine stakes. In fact, it's New Zealand's sunniest city. That’s why tens of thousands of visitors flock to our white sand beaches every year, especially in the hot summer months.
Our reputation for blue skies, mild temperatures and light winds is due to our unique topography. The Bay of Plenty’s 125-kilometre-long coastline is extensively sheltered by the Coromandel and Kaimāī Mamaku ranges. This means we receive less frequent rainfall than other parts of New Zealand.
Our sheltered shores, combined with a warm ocean current that runs along the east coast of the North Island, also means our seas are among the calmest and warmest you’ll find anywhere in New Zealand. Average sea surface temperatures range from around 14°Celsius in August up to 20-21°Celsius during February.
We experience all four seasons in the Coastal Bay of Plenty (and if you’re here in Spring, sometimes you will get all four in one day!).
UV rays are extremely high in New Zealand, including the Coastal Bay of Plenty. Make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen, wear a hat and seek shade during spring, summer and early autumn.
If you want to check the weather forecast prior to your arrival or during your stay, visit www.metservice.com