The Taranaki region is generally sunny with moderate temperatures. Its location on the west coast makes it one of the windiest regions in the country. Precipitation is plentiful and evenly distributed.
The Manawatū-Whanganui region has a generally mild climate but with greater extremes in areas around the Central Plateau. Precipitation varies, with the plains generally being drier than other parts of the region.
Image: Wind wand in New Plymouth designed by Len Lye, photo by dudlajzov, 123RF Ltd