The West Coast rainfall is legendary, averaging around 2.8m per year. What is not so well known is the fact that Hokitika experiences more sunshine hours than Auckland and has no extremes of climate. Frosts are rare adjacent to the Coast and summer temperatures reach the high twenties. The climate does however support the beauty of the rain forest that surrounds the smaller communities to the south of the town. The climate also allows those interested to develop gardens planted with a wide range of species.

 

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