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The Pacific Islands: When to go


The Pacific Islands: When to go

story by: Anna Sarjeant

Okay let’s go to the Pacific Islands. Why not? The sun shines, the beaches are beautiful and ‘island time’ is really just a polite way of saying you’ll be doing whatever you want, when you want. Selfish? Nahhhh, tis island time!

So throw in the towel (or request some leave), pack a suitcase, load up on sun cream and start dreaming of island bliss.

And if you’re wondering when you should do all this, we’ve created this nifty island-guide especially for you.  

Go: May - October

Why: Tahiti’s dry season enjoys less humidity and pleasant beach-lounging temperatures that sit between 20-25 degrees Celsius. July is a month of numerous Polynesian festivals so if you’re after a high-spirited vibe, visit then.

Wet season: November - April
Dry season: May – October
> More about Tahiti

Go: Late April - October

Why: Winter is dry in Rarotonga, with pleasant water temperatures, steady daytime temperatures and less humidity. However, evenings are cool so pack a few heavier layers. Optimum months include April and May as well as September and October.

Wet season: November - April
Dry season: May – October
> Why Rarotonga?


Go: October - November

Why: Year-round is ideal, but weather in October to early November will be warm, dry and consistent. There will be fewer crowds (and cheaper fares) because rain is more likely than the months between May and September. If you can handle the odd shower, October and November are ideal.

Wet season: November - April
Dry season: May – October
> More about Fiji

Go: May - October

Why: Because the weather is characteristically dry and warm. Bur more importantly, these are the months you can go whale watching. And whales trump everything!

Wet season: January - March
Dry season: April - December
> Best way to experience Niue

Norfolk Island
Go: September to March
Why: Frequent sunshine, sparse rainfall and pleasant temperatures. Enough said.

Wet season: May - August
Dry season: September – April
> Simple pleasures of Norfolk Island

Go: May - November

Why: As with many of the Pacific Islands, May to November is slightly cooler but with a lot less rain, whereas December to May will be hotter but with plentiful rainfall. We’d pick dry over wet any day – and the temperature’s always warm.  

Wet season: December - March
Dry season: April – November
> More about Tonga

Go: April - October
Why: Typically, the months between April and October will enjoy temperatures ranging between 18 and 28 degrees Celsius, with decreased humidity. Swimming temperatures are enjoyable year-round but January, February and March are prone to cyclones.  

Wet season: November - March
Dry season: April – October
> More about Vanuatu


Go: May - October

Why: June and August are Samoa’s peak months but try anything between May - October as prices will be more reasonable either side of the busy months. May to October is also the dry season so you'll dodge the rain and enjoy a pleasant climate.

Wet season: November – April
Dry season: May – October
> Family time in Samoa

Fast Facts

  • Overall, the ideal time to visit is the dry season (May – October). You’ll also escape NZ’s winter.
  • Peak season = peak prices. Accommodation fills up quickly. 
  • Cyclones can occur any time but are most common during the wet season.  
  • For school holidays, book at least 3 months in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Plan your holiday around a major local festival, celebration or special event: the best times to see traditional dancing, arts and sport.  
  • Whale watching can be enjoyed in Tonga and Niue: July – October.   
  • For the best deals and fewer crowds, travel during the shoulder seasons (a month either side of the dry season).  

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