Whanganui has a pleasant, temperate climate, with four distinct seasons. It’s not too hot, not too cold. We enjoy an average of 2055 sunshine hours per year and only 917mm of annual rainfall, making us the second driest town in the North Island.


Spring is a great time to get outside, as our parks and gardens come to life in with colour. The average maximum temperature over the spring months is a comfortable 17.5°C and you can expect about nine wet days a month.


Over summer, maximum temperatures average 23°C and the sun is out: we only see about seven rainy days a month. Now is the time to take advantage of our beaches, lakes and the river.


Whanganui is one of the best spots in the North Island to see autumn leaves changing and with average maximum temperatures of 20°C and eleven rainy days a month, you’ll have plenty of chances to get outside and enjoy the sights.


Maximum temperatures average 14.5°C over the winter months. This is also when we see the very occasional frost (we only get about seven frosts a year). We’ll get an average of 12 wet days a month and while we don’t see snow in town, skiers and snowboarders have easy access to the winter playground at Mt Ruapehu.

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