When is the best time to go to Kaikoura?

When is the best time to go to Kaikoura? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in Kaikoura are January, February, March, April, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months are January, February, March and December
  • The coldest months are July and August
  • The rainiest months are April, May and June

Annual weather in Kaikoura

For full information about the climate and weather in Kaikoura a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 59°F/70°F
February 59°F/70°F
March 58°F/67°F
April 54°F/63°F
May 52°F/58°F
June 49°F/54°F
July 47°F/52°F
August 47°F/54°F
September 49°F/56°F
October 50°F/59°F
November 54°F/63°F
December 58°F/67°F

Weather and climate in Kaikoura

Kaikoura enjoys a temperate oceanic climate (with warm summer) in accordance with the Köppen-Geiger classification. The yearly average maximum temperature in Kaikoura is 61°F (ranging from 52°F in july to 70°F in january). Annual rainfall is 33.7in, with a minimum of 2in in september and a maximum of 3.9in in april.
  • Between january and april the climate is favorable. In average, on the morning it is 54°F and it rains about 15% of the time in april.
  • In the month of may the climate is passable, but still OK. The temperature rises to 58°F and it rains in may about 3.1in.
  • From june to august the climate is not good. At lunchtime, it's 52°F in average.
  • From september to october the climate is correct. The record temperature this month is 77°F and it rains in october about 3in.
  • Between the months of november and december the climate is good. In average, on the morning it is 58°F.

Charts: temperature and rainfall in Kaikoura

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of Kaikoura: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Kaikoura

Find out when Kaikoura has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Kaikoura

  • Very low season in Kaikoura
    The months with the lowest number of tourists are: May, June, July and August.
  • Low season in Kaikoura
    The months with low numbers of tourists are: September.
  • High season in Kaikoura
    The number of visitors to Kaikoura is high in: January, March, April, October and November.
  • Peak season in Kaikoura
    The largest number of tourists visiting Kaikoura is during: February and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Kaikoura month by month

Best time for low prices in Kaikoura

Average prices of hotels in Kaikoura month by month

Generally, January is the month with the lowest hotel prices in Kaikoura. So this is a great time to save on your holiday! In contrast, October is statistically the most expensive month of the year for hotels.

Find the best price for your hotel room

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