The Buller/Northern West Coast area enjoys a temperate climate. The endemic Nikau Palm is commonly seen from Punakaiki northwards, testament to the near sub-tropical botanical conditions. In the winter, frosts are extremely rare and the sunshine hours average around 2000 per annum – comparing favourably with the main centres of New Zealand and some of the major cities of the world.
It is a well known fact that the West Coast experiences high rainfall due to the influences of the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps on the climate. The beautiful, lush rainforest would not exist without it - but don’t be put off! Waterfalls abound on a wet day and there is a wild and spectacular beauty about the seascapes. On a sunny day - and there are many more of these than wet ones - the vistas of mountains, rivers, lakes, rainforest and sea are magnificent.