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Where can I find information about average rainfall for my region?

Most New Zealand areas have a relatively consistent amount of rainfall throughout the year, but there are regional variations, which are largely dependent on the landscape. The West Coast of the South Island is the wettest part of New Zealand.  The East Coast of the South Island is the driest, due largely to the rain shadow caused by the Southern Alps.
 
Despite regular rainfall, some areas of New Zealand will suffer from occasional droughts. The year 2013 saw one of the worst and most widespread New Zealand droughts. That drought affected southern Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, the central North Island, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, the Wairarapa, and parts of the north and west of the South Island, for over a month.
 
Previous droughts occurred in 2007, 2008 and 2010, so the 2013 drought is not an isolated case.  If you are purchasing a lifestyle block, you should definitely consider rainfall and the effects on your land if it does not arrive.  The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) is the authoritative source for weather information in New Zealand.  It's a Crown Research Institute established in 1992.
 
Farmers in the region you’re moving to will also be good resources to help you understand the long term weather trends, and the best ways to cope with weather up's and down's. Our First National Rural Specialists can really help too. Contact us now, and we’ll happily share our comprehensive rural expertise with you.
 
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