Rain is forecast for most of the next 10 days but skies may clear up just long enough for New Year's celebrations.
MetService duty forecaster Elke Louw said Christchurch and many of the South Island's favoured hot spots for New Year celebrations could expect showers to clear on Tuesday night.
Louw said a front moving through on Monday would bring occasional showers to much of the South Island, but the general trend for New Year's Eve would be ''improving as the day progresses''.
Festival-goers heading to Wanaka for Rhythm and Alps could expect some heavy showers on Monday, with Tuesday ''looking quite nice for them,'' Louw said.
Holidaymakers in the top of the South Island are likely to be more sheltered from the front. Louw said both Nelson Lakes and Golden Bay would be mostly fine and dry for New Year's Eve.
Rain is unlikely to change the plans of those heading away camping, according to campground operators.
Twizel Holiday Park owner Peter Race said they were full booked right through to January 5.
Race said the weather was ''beautiful'' today and did not think impending rain would deter campers. ''They tend to come regardless, there's other activities,'' he said.
Ashley Gorge Holiday Park owner Jan Shelton said the north Canterbury campground would be full over New Year and only a few people were put off by the rainy weather.
''The kids that are out here are just keeping themselves busy,'' she said. Since most of the campers were locals, ''it's not too hard for them to go home'' if the weather does get too much.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN CHRISTCHURCH TODAY?
Patchy drizzle will turn to rain in Christchurch later this afternoon. However, it will remain mild with a high of 18 degrees Celsius.
Drizzle, rain, and low cloud will continue tomorrow, easing to occasional showers on Sunday.
Unfortunately for summer seekers, the MetService's long range forecast shows rain every day for the next 10 days.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Q: Some 4WD vehicles drive through QEII Park like there is no speed limit. Is there a speed limit?
A: Under the Land Transport Act 1998, a road is defined in a regulatory sense, as any place that a motorist has driving access to, whether it's private or public. The speed limit on the main roads inside QEII Park is 20kmh as signposted. The speed limit for the other areas within the park, including the car park, is 10kmh. Christchurch City Council
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WHAT'S ON TODAY
Zirka Circus opens its tent today for its new show, Send in the Clowns, which includes acrobatics, magic, juggling, and contortion. See it tonight, 7-9pm, Kyle Park in Waterloo Rd. See zirkacircus.com for tickets and details.
Tothill's Maze is opening its new challenge today at 493 Shands Rd, 10am-5pm. The new corn maze is based on Russborough House Maze in Ireland and will require some crime-solving. See tothills.com for info.
- The Press
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