When to Go

  • Beachy accommodation in Waihi, Whitianga, Whangamata and Raglan peaks during the summer holidays from Christmas until the end of January. New Year's Eve in particular can be very busy.
  • Balmy February and March are much quieter around the Coromandel Peninsula with settled weather and smaller crowds. Rainfall peaks in the mountainous Coromandel region from May to September.
  • The Waikato region can see summer droughts, but the southern area around Taumarunui is often wetter and colder.
  • If you avoid the height of school summer holidays (Christmas to January), accommodation is plentiful in the Waikato region.
  • Raglan’s surf breaks are popular year-round.