The Pacific cyclone season begins on 1 November and runs until 30 April. According to the New Zealand National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService), between 8-10 tropical cyclones are expected this season. At least 5-6 severe cyclones (category 3 or higher) are expected to occur across the South Pacific during this period. Category 5 strength cyclones are also known to occur during seasons like this one.
New Zealanders travelling to the Pacific during the next five months are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travellers who register can be warned if a major cyclone approaches and given advice on precautions to take. We can also make contact with you following a significant cyclone to check on your well-being.
If you are in an area affected by a cyclone, you should follow the advice of the local authorities at all times (including any evacuation orders) and seek suitable shelter. Visitors and tourists staying in travel accommodation should follow the guidance of hotel/resort management. It is generally considered sensible practice not to venture outdoors during a cyclone and remain well away from the sea and rivers. We recommend you stay informed of developments by monitoring local news and weather reports. Please also ensure you keep your family and friends in New Zealand informed of your safety and well-being, including after the cyclone has passed.
Travellers are also strongly encouraged to check the travel advice for their specific destination on www.safetravel.govt.nz and purchase comprehensive travel insurance.
- See the Fiji travel advisory
- See the Tonga travel advisory
- See the Niue travel advisory
- See the Vanuatu travel advisory
- See the Samoa travel advisory
- See the New Caledonia travel advisory
- See the Solomon Islands travel advisory
- See the Papua New Guinea travel advisory
- See the Tuvalu travel advisory
- See the Wallis and Futuna travel advisory
- See the Tokelau travel advisory
- See the Cook Islands travel advisory
Reviewed:2 Nov 2016, 10:35
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