> Whats the weather like in NZ for Mar-April? Is it likely to be cold
> and miserable, or beautiful & balmy. I recall some Kiwi friends
> telling me that Jan-Feb is the best time to visit NZ, so how is the
> weather in NZ at that time.
> Weather.com has no average monthly forecasts for Hamilton & Napier,
> but Wellington has a "hmmm.. like quality" for its forecast of 61 / 53
> as a high/low.
> If its is wet and windy, 61 can be quite unpleasant.
> Andrew / others? Is it going to be the summer, er Fall, of
As others have mentioned, this tour definitely starts and finishes later
than might be considered ideal. To give some context, last season's visit
by England had exactly the same proportions: two T20 matches, five odos and
three Tests. The international portion of that tour ran from 5 February to
26 March, which is just about ideal whereas the India tour runs between 25
February and 7 April.
In other words the early part of the Indian tour is still considered to be
pleasant late summer but the Test series is getting to the time of year when
the weather is less reliable.
Reviewing the Test matches played at the Basin Reserve in March since 1999
when I returned to New Zealand, there have been many individual pleasant
days, but equally I can't remember a single match in that time which didn't
feature at least one cold or wet day. England in 2001/02 and Australia in
2004/05 were both ruined by rain, South Africa in 2003/04 had a couple of
nice days but equally on the Saturday the northerly wind was so strong that
Shaun Pollock resorted to bowling off two paces, Sri Lanka in 2004/05 (the
only Test match at the Basin to start later in the season than the India
match this year) was extremely cold one day whilst WI in 2005/06 had several
breaks for rain and bad light.
Last season's Test v England was probably the best in recent memory, but as
noted it was held three weeks earlier than the India match will be and even
then it was chilly on day four. As for weather patterns, the best late
summer / early autumn period of weather in Wellington in recent memory was
in 2007, which coincided with the World Cup and thus no Test match was held.
To give a direct comparison, the State Championship Final of 2005/06 was
played at the Basin commencing on 3 April 2006, the same day the Test
against India starts. It was played in fine weather throughout but I recall
a distinctly autumnal feel, and it being impossible to get a full days' play
in before the sun set. It is particularly unfortunate that NZ clocks go
back in the middle of the India Test match this season.
Do bear in mind of course that most Wellington Test matches are blighted by
high winds at some point: indeed the wind is usually worse for the spring
(pre-Christmas) Test than one held in Autumn.
Napier weather is amongst the most settled in New Zealand, with high
sunshine hours and low rainfall, and is generally still good into March.
Hamilton is a bit unreliable at any time but it will be warmer than