Located on the western side of the Southern Alps, in New Zealand’s South Island, Hokitika is at the centre of an area renowned for its lush rainforests and flourishing wetlands. Hokitika weather is warm and humid in summer, with similar sunshine hours to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, but at 2800 mm per year, we also enjoy a lot of rain! However, this is the least windy region in the country.
Hokitika is the northern gateway to the South Westland World Heritage National Park, whose natural wonders include the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Clear days reveal New Zealand’s highest mountains, Mounts Cook (Aoraki) and Tasman (Horo Kawau).
The Hokitika weather has contributed to a beautiful ecosystem; this part of New Zealand gives you the chance to experience unspoilt, lush rainforest, and some of the most breathtaking glaciers in the world. There is so much to do and see here that you’ll be spoilt for choice, whatever the weather!
Average annual rainfall (mm): 2,875
Average annual sunshine hours: 1,860
Average summer temperature (ºC): 18
Average winter temperature (ºC): 10
Get out into nature in Hokitika, whatever the weather
The winter months are relatively mild compared to other parts of the South Island and with crisp mornings, blue skies and snow on the mountain tops, the whole region has a wonderful fresh alpine feel. There are fewer visitors at this time, making it an ideal holiday time for those wanting to really connect with the local culture and explore the region in depth.
If you are planning a visit to the Hokitika area, find out more about the fantastic Hokitika accommodation options from Shining Star.