The weather on the West Coast of New Zealand can be very unpredictable, with an annual rainfall average of 10,000mm – other parts of New Zealand receive 600 – 1600mm a year! Because of the large amount of rainfall you will frequently hear the West Coast being referred to as the Wet Coast.
The temperature range in this part of New Zealand in spring and summer is likely to be between 10-20 degrees but it can vary a few degrees higher or lower. The winter months are more temperate, with a typical range of 3-12 degrees.
To maximize your comfort, enjoyment, and safety whilst riding the West Coast Wilderness Trail, we have put together a gear list based on our own experience of cycling the trail.