Dry new year on the cards

17:39, Dec 27 2013

Rain is forecast for much of next week, but most South Islanders should enjoy dry new year celebrations.

MetService duty forecaster Elke Louw said many of the hot spots for new year celebrations could expect showers on Tuesday, but these should clear during the day.

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. Holiday-makers in the top of the South Island are likely to be more sheltered from the front. Louw said Nelson Lakes and Golden Bay would be mostly fine and dry for New Year's Eve. Rain is unlikely to change plans of those heading away camping, according to campground operators.

Twizel Holiday Park owner Peter Race said they were fully booked right through to January 5.

Yesterday, Race said the weather was "beautiful" 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.


The Press