MetService meteorologists are forecasting a continuation of mainly dry weather for the start of Easter.
"Anticyclones are lingering over central parts of the country", said Metservice Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt. "These high pressure systems are staying further south than normal possibly because of the strong La Nina conditions affecting the Pacific Ocean at present."
Mr. McDavitt added that cold fronts are expected to move onto the South Island on Good Friday and Easter Monday. "These fronts may bring brief periods of rain mainly to Fiordland and Westland, but they are expected to weaken as they move north. The settled weather is good news for those travelling around during these Easter holidays".
The golden weather is expected to continue over central parts of the country for a few more weeks. The seasonal prospects are for rain-bearing fronts to return to New Zealand slowly during April.