Rainfall is highest, but storms bring swells to the Pacific and the best surfing conditions.
Rural roads can be impassable due to river crossings.
Accommodations prices lower significantly.
Some places close entirely; check before booking!
(May–Jul & Nov)
Rain picks up and the stream of tourists starts to taper off.
There may still be crowds, because students in Europe and North America are on holiday.
Roads are muddy and rivers begin to rise, making off-the-beaten-track travel more challenging.
‘Dry’ season still sees some rain; beach towns fill with domestic tourists.
Accommodations should be booked well ahead; some places enforce minimum stays.