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Planning on exploring this winter? Know your weather.

The further south you travel in New Zealand, the lower the average temperature can be. As a result, summer and winter adventures in the great outdoors can require planning, the right clothing, and up-to-the-minute weather forecasts.

Down here in the deep south, the weather can change rapidly. You might start your adventure in brilliant winter sunshine, but you can quickly find yourself battling snow, hail, rain, and high winds.

While mostly thrilling for the well-prepared, such conditions can be dangerous for those with inadequate supplies and knowledge to keep themselves and their travelling party safe.

Therefore, when the time comes to start planning your next outdoor trip in one of our many beautiful national parks and conservation areas, it can be worth familiarising yourself with some of the many accurate weather providers.


If you’re getting ready to venture out into a national park anywhere in New Zealand, consider using National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) weather forecasts. By putting in your location, you can find out the likely weather conditions for your trip to ensure you’re as well prepared as possible.

NIWA lists up-to-date information for national parks, forest parks, and conservation parks throughout New Zealand.

Met Service

For both short and extended forecasts anywhere in New Zealand, you can rely on MetService. This weather forecast provider offers information on the latest severe weather warnings and outlooks, along with brief and extended New Zealand mountain forecasts.

New Zealand Avalanche Advisory

If you’re a skilled mountain climber looking to tackle some of the highest peaks in New Zealand, it can be worth paying a visit to the New Zealand Avalanche Advisory website. This site lists mountains throughout New Zealand, along with their danger level.

Before you head out on your next adventure, you can pay a visit to the website and find out what terrain you can expect. For example, you might be warned to ‘watch out for unstable snow on isolated terrain features’, or be aware of ‘heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features’.

For easy reading, all mountains are given a number from one to five, or low to extreme. Such information can help you make an informed choice about your next outing.

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a day-tripper looking to fill in a few hours; taking note of the weather forecast can be essential. The more planning you do, the better prepared you can be for any weather conditions thrown your way. 

Get in touch today to join the adventure!

03 235 7191 // info@adventuresouthland.co.nz