High hopes of sun for New Year

After a soggy Christmas, the New Year holiday looks set to dry out in the Waikato.

Hopes are also high that the weather will make one of the country's largest New Year celebrations truly Coro Gold.

MetService forecaster Nicole Ranger said things were looking up for the Waikato and Coromandel Peninsula.

"It's looking pretty good, actually. You've got some fine spells in there with a few showers. There's a bit of a westerly coming in so it'll be a bit nicer on the eastern side of the Coromandel," she said.

MetService's seasonal outlooks confirm the Waikato can finally expect extended periods of dry weather and should be best in the Coromandel.

Meteorologist John Law said that although tropical cyclone Evan may have moved on, a large anticyclone east of the Cha tham Islands will ensure the muggy weather sticks to many parts of the country.

However, on the basis that it's better to be safe than sorry, organisers of music festival Coromandel Gold have prepared for the worst.

After the skies opened over the event last year, causing flooding at the camp grounds, organisers have "invested heavily" to revamp their Waterways and Ohuka campgrounds so they are "as good as they can be no matter what the weather", publicist Rebecca Caughey said.

"They've moved some of the areas where things are held and put in heaps more drainage at the campsites in case of flooding," she said.

Their revamped camp sites also include hot showers, proper toilets, free parking and free buses to and from the festival.

A team of 120 security guards will also provide around the clock security.

Waikato Times