Summer festival-goers can breathe a sigh of relief - chances are the big New Year events nationwide won't be washed out as they were last year.
Party-goers to the annual two-day CoroGold music festival held over last New Year's Eve cleaned Whitianga and surrounding towns out of gumboots and wet-weather gear as the skies opened.
CoroGold event organiser Mark Wright "couldn't be happier" about Niwa's forecast for a dry summer.
"It's less work and we just want to show how good it can be. When the weather does what it did last year it's hard to do that," he said.
"So we are looking forward to being able to get out there and deliver a really good event."
Federated Farmers adverse events spokeswoman Katie Milne said farmers were expecting a "real mixed bag" and hoped they might miss out on the extreme weather experienced in the past.
She said there would always be some pockets such as the Hawkes Bay and West Coast which were drier than other areas.
But she said everyone had a "bit of a wet patch early on" which meant there would not be a dry patch leading right through summer, so "that's a good thing".
"Possibly not any extremes of what we are usually used to but it's always a work in progress with the weather. We have just to keep an eye on the forecasts and plan accordingly."By Nikki Preston Email Nikki