An hour will disappear in New Zealand overnight as clocks are wound forward for daylight saving.

Six months with an extra hour of sunlight begins when 2am becomes 3am on the last Sunday of September.

The origins of daylight saving in New Zealand stretch back to 1895 when the idea of seasonal time adjustment was first suggested and then ridiculed by parts of society, the Department of Internal Affairs says.

The topic was not raised again until 1909 and it would be another 18 years before it was successfully passed through parliament.


Daylight saving will begin with a fine day forecast tomorrow for Auckland, where the overnight temperature is expected to be 12C and a maximum 19C, MetService said.

Daylight saving ends on the first Sunday in April when 3am becomes 2am.