Daily Archives: January 2, 2010

New Zealands Sunniest Place in 2009?

Around this time of year many people are asking the following question.

“Which town is the sunniest in New Zealand?”

Tahunanui Beach - 1st Jan 2010

Tahunanui Beach - 1st Jan 2010

The envelope please.

And the winner is?

The answer, according to a report in the Nelson Mail is Nelson.

NZ Mean Annual Sunshine Hours

NZ Mean Annual Sunshine Hours

Not surprising as its been this way for plenty of years over the last few decades as NIWA’s chart amply demonstrates when showing NZ’s sunnier spots.

NZs Top 3 Sunniest Places in 2009

NZs Top 3 Sunniest Places in 2009

Up until just a few days ago Nelson was 100 annual hours of sunshine ahead of arch-rival in the sunshine crown race, Blenhiem/Marlborough.

Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty was closer being just 18hrs behind Nelson in the annual tally so far.

Once NIWA tallies the official figures I’ll update this, but in the meantime if you want to check them out yourself head on over to NIWA’s Climate Summaries site here – http://3.ly/kni.

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