When to Go

High Season (Jun–Sep)

  • Accommodation prices skew high.
  • Beaches are busy with families.
  • North Shore seas are calm.

Shoulder (Dec–Mar)

  • Surf is way up on the North Shore and Westside.
  • Whales arrive and are visible from the land and sea.
  • Prices are highest around the holidays.

Low Season (Apr–May, Oct–Nov)

  • Crowds thin, prices drop.
  • Festivals abound across the island.
  • Beaches are empty even though the weather is often perfect.