Average Sunshine a Year in New Zealand





Yearly averages for the hours of sunshine at cities and towns across New Zealand are listed here. Each place has a daily average and an annual total of the hours of sunshine it typically receives.

You can jump to a separate table for places on the North Island and South Island.

All the statistics are long-term historical averages of weather data collected during 1981 to 2010.

North Island

Average hours of sunshine a year
Place Day Annual
Auckland 5.5 2008
Gisborne 6.1 2226
Hamilton 5.5 2018
Kaitaia 5.8 2108
Masterton 5.4 1964
Napier 6.2 2252
New Plymouth 6.0 2203
Palmerston North 4.7 1733
Rotorua 5.8 2133
Taupo 5.3 1947
Tauranga 6.4 2346
Wanganui 5.7 2075
Wellington 5.8 2110

South Island

Annual average hours of sun
Place Day Annual
Alexandra 5.4 1978
Blenheim 6.8 2487
Christchurch 5.9 2144
Dunedin 4.6 1680
Hokitika 5.2 1894
Invercargill 4.6 1690
Kaikoura 5.9 2142
Lake Tekapo 6.6 2402
Manapouri - Te Anau 4.5 1636
Mt Cook, Hermitage 4.3 1570
Nelson 6.8 2477
Queenstown 5.3 1930
Timaru 5.3 1923
Westport 4.9 1791
Reference

NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research). Climate Data and Activities.

New Zealand Sunshine
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