We won't deny it - yes, it does rain on the West Coast, but not as much as you might think and it's usually over quickly. West Coast weather is dramatic and therefore pretty exciting - when it rains, it pours and when it's sunny, it's beautifully sunny. Just remember the West Coast is over 600km long - the same distance as Auckland to Wellington - so it makes sense that if it's raining in one area of the West Coast, it's just as likely to be sunny and fine elsewhere on the West Coast.
Places on the West Coast actually experience more sunshine hours than many other places in New Zealand and there are not many middle-of-the-road grey, overcast days.
Summer: (Dec - Feb) 12-25°C / 53-77°F
Autumn: (March - May) 9-17°C / 48-63°F
Winter: (June - August) 5-15°C / 41-57°F
Spring: (Sept - Nov) 9-17°C / 48-63°F
For accurate information before starting your journey, or while enroute, it is a good idea to be safe and check ahead. Find out what the regional short term and extended weather forecasts are by visiting the MetService website. There is a great downloadable Rural Weather app - available for a small fee.
Please note that weather forecasts can and do change regularly and we accept no responsibility should you find the weather here different to what was forecast during your stay.
Check out full West Coast weather forecasts from the Metservice: