Rotorua weather in May (Bay of Plenty, New Zealand)

Looking to travel to Rotorua in May? Wondering if it's the right time to visit? Browse this page for a comprehensive overview of the weather conditions for that month.

In May, Rotorua generally has moderate temperatures and high rainfall. Anticipate daytime temperatures around 16°C, while night temperatures can drop to 8°C.

Rotorua in May usually receives high rainfall, averaging around 113 mm for the month. Based on our climate data of the past 30 years, about 12 days of rain are anticipated.

The area enjoys a balanced 145 hours of sunlight. Ensuring it's neither too overcast nor too sunny.

If you prefer dry days with pleasant temperatures, January and March typically offer the best circumstances. While June, July and August tend to showcase less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Rotorua climate page with graphs.

 

Rotorua, monthly averages in May

Min Temperature 8°C  
Max Temperature 16°C  
Chance of Rain 40%  
Precipitation 113 mm  
Rainy days 12 days  
Humidity 87%  
Sunshine 145 hours  
Percentage Sunshine  

Where to go in New Zealand in May

Find out more about the weather in New Zealand in May and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in Rotorua in May?

Plan on layering your clothes. Some days or part of the day it will be nice and warm and some moments it can be a bit chilly. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in May.

Swimming
5/10
Cycling
5/10
Walking
5/10
Camping
3/10
Outdoor sports
9/10

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