Prepare for sunshine today, with a beautiful day in store for just about all of New Zealand.

MetService said an area of high pressure is parked over the majority of the country, bringing fine weather.

"It should be a beautiful day today," duty forecaster Emma Blades said.

The only region to miss out on the sun in the North Island would be Northland, which could expect cloud and showers throughout the day.


Temperatures were expected to range in the early 20s with Auckland expecting a warm 22C.

Further south the sunshine would bathe most of the island once morning cloud cleared from coastal areas.

Dunedin and Christchurch could both expect a sunny day, sharing a high of 18C.

Showers were expected to fall on the West Coast tonight.