When I was staying in Opunake south of Mt Taranaki last year, a local passed on an infallible weather forecasting tip: If you can’t see the mountain, it’s raining. If you can see the mountain, it’s going to rain.
New Zealand’s weather is famously changeable. We’re a mountainous country, floating in the middle of a big ocean, with the tropics to the north and nothing between us and Antarctica but the occasional penguin.
This means it’s vital to be prepared before heading into the backcountry. While you should always prepare for the worst you’ll still want an idea of what to expect from the elements so you’ll want a weather forecast.
That’s why DOC funds the Metservice to provide forecasts for mountain areas in a number of our National Parks.
You’ll find these forecasts and more at:
Check them while you’re planning your next trip into the backcountry. And once you’re there, get the latest info from the nearest visitor centre. You can’t beat local knowledge.