Get weather forecasts for national parks and other conservation areas, as well as severe weather warnings, the brief mountain forecast and other weather bulletins.

New Zealand's weather changes rapidly

It can be very cold at any time of the year. Always be physically and mentally prepared for the worst conditions and be ready to change your plans if necessary.

Park forecasts are grouped by region below.

Severe weather and avalanches

Before heading out check the severe weather warnings.

If you are going into the mountains check the New Zealand Avalanche Advisory as well as weather forecasts.

The latest information and conditions can be found at the nearest DOC visitor centre.

Weather providers


The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) provides weather forecasts for national parks across New Zealand.


MetService provides short and extended forecasts for New Zealand, including: 

Forecasts by region


Te Paki Recreation Reserve:

Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park:

Waipoua Forest:

Great Barrier Island/Aotea:


Coromandel Forest Park:


Pirongia Forest Park:

Pureora Forest Park:

Bay of Plenty

Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park:

East Coast

Te Urewera:

Raukumara Conservation Park:

Central North Island

Tongariro National Park:

Kaimanawa Forest Park:


Egmont National Park

Taranaki National Park


Whanganui National Park:

Hawke’s Bay

Kaweka Forest Park:

Ruahine Forest Park:

Wairarapa and Wellington/Kapiti

Aorangi Forest Park:

Remutaka Forest Park:

Tararua Forest Park:


Abel Tasman National Park:

Kahurangi National Park:

Nelson Lakes National Park

Mount Richmond Forest Park:


Kaikōura area and Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Clarence:

Mount Richmond Forest Park:

West Coast

Arthur's Pass National Park:

Kahurangi National Park

Lyell area:

Paparoa National Park:

Westland Tai Poutini National Park:

Victoria Forest Park:

Westland Tai Poutini National Park:


Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park:

Arthur's Pass National Park:

Hakatere Conservation Park:

Craigieburn Forest Park:

Lake Sumner Forest Park:

St James Conservation Area:

Oxford Forest Conservation Area:

Ruataniwha Conservation Park:

Canterbury High Country regional forecast

Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park:


Mount Aspiring National Park:

Oteake Conservation Park:

Catlins coastal area:

Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve:

Remarkables Conservation Area:

Stack Conservation Area:

Southern Lakes:


Fiordland National Park:


Rakiura National Park

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