West Coast, New Zealand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to West Coast, New Zealand? If you're planning to go to West Coast, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to West Coast, New Zealand

Based on the climate and weather in West Coast, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for West Coast, New Zealand by month

January

In January, West Coast is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for West Coast, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Rain boots
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella

February

February for West Coast is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses

March

If you go to West Coast in March, you will notice that it is mild and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks

April

In April, West Coast is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for West Coast, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage

May

May in West Coast is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans

June

Traveling to West Coast in June, you will notice that it is brisk and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks

July

July here can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. There is frost about a third of the time. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat

August

If you are traveling to West Coast in August, you will notice that it is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens

September

September in West Coast is chilly and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear

October

October in West Coast is cool and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Rain boots
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece

November

November in West Coast is cool and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Umbrella

December

If you are traveling to West Coast in December, you will notice that it is mild and very rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for West Coast, New Zealand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in West Coast, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types I
  • A SIM card that works in West Coast
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing

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