• In the next 14 days average maximum daily temperatures will be 19° which is not so warm but sunbathing may be possible on some days. The average water temperature will be 15° which is cold for swimming, a full wet suit is required to spend any length of time in the sea. There will be 4 days of very light rain with an average of 1.8mm rain on those days. Average cloud cover will be 32%.

  • In the next 14 days average maximum daily temperatures will be 18° which is not so warm but sunbathing may be possible on some days. The average water temperature will be 15° which is cold for swimming, a full wet suit is required to spend any length of time in the sea. There will be 5 days of very light rain with an average of 0.6mm rain on those days. Average cloud cover will be 42%.

  • In the next 14 days average maximum daily temperatures will be 17° which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The average water temperature will be 13° which is very cold and bracing, it's not recommended you swim with out a full wet suit. There will be 5 days of very light rain with an average of 0.3mm rain on those days. Average cloud cover will be 36%.

  • In the next 14 days average maximum daily temperatures will be 16° which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The average water temperature will be 13° which is very cold and bracing, it's not recommended you swim with out a full wet suit. There will be 5 days of very light rain with an average of 0.3mm rain on those days. Average cloud cover will be 37%.

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Beaches of Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand

The Otago Region in the South Island of New Zealand is known for its stunning beaches, islands, and beach areas that cater to a wide range of activities and preferences. From remote bays with unique wildlife to picturesque lakeshores perfect for a relaxing holiday, the region offers an unforgettable experience for beach enthusiasts. The climate in the Otago Region is characterized by mild summers and cool winters, with temperatures ranging from 10°C (50°F) to 22°C (72°F) throughout the year. Annual rainfall varies across the region but tends to be evenly distributed, with some areas receiving more precipitation during winter months.

Sandfly Bay, New Zealand

Sandfly Bay

Sandfly Bay is a popular destination located on the Otago Peninsula. Known for its wildlife sightings, including sea lions, fur seals, and rare yellow-eyed penguins, it's an ideal spot for nature lovers and photographers. The bay features a long stretch of sandy beach surrounded by towering sand dunes, making it perfect for sunbathing and beachcombing. The best time to visit Sandfly Bay for a beach holiday is during the summer months when temperatures are warmer and days are longer. However, keep in mind that strong winds can sometimes create challenging conditions at this exposed location.

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Tunnel Beach, New Zealand

Tunnel Beach

Tunnel Beach is a unique coastal attraction near Dunedin that offers dramatic landscapes combining towering cliffs, rock formations, and secluded sandy beaches accessible only through a hand-carved tunnel. Visitors can enjoy swimming in sheltered coves or exploring the area's fascinating geological features. The best time to visit Tunnel Beach for a beach holiday is from late spring to early autumn when the weather is warmer and more settled. Be sure to check the tide times before visiting, as access to the beach can be restricted during high tides.

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Moeraki Boulders Beach, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders Beach

Located on the east coast of the South Island, Moeraki Boulders Beach is home to a unique collection of large spherical boulders scattered along the shoreline. These geological marvels attract visitors from around the world who come to marvel at their size and symmetry. The beach itself provides a tranquil setting for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. The best time to visit Moeraki Boulders Beach for a beach holiday is during the summer months when temperatures are warmest, but it's worth visiting any time of year for its captivating scenery.

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Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu

While not technically a beach area, Lake Wakatipu's stunning shoreline offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and water-based activities. The third-largest lake in New Zealand boasts crystal-clear waters surrounded by majestic mountains, making it an ideal destination for swimming, kayaking, fishing or simply enjoying a lakeside picnic. Several popular towns such as Queenstown and Glenorchy are located along its shores, providing easy access to various amenities and attractions. The best time to visit Lake Wakatipu for a lakeside holiday is during the warm summer months or early autumn when water temperatures are more inviting.

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In addition to these well-known beach areas, the Otago Region also boasts numerous lesser-known gems such as Long Beach, St Clair Beach, and Aramoana Beach. With such a diverse range of coastal landscapes, visitors are sure to find the perfect spot for their dream beach holiday in New Zealand's stunning South Island.

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