Welcome to the New Zealand Historic Weather Events Catalogue

This is a catalogue of major weather events in New Zealand over the last 200 years from the 1800s to the present, when significant damage or casualties occurred. The information has been collated from newspaper reports, journals, books and databases kindly provided by various organisations and individuals. For each event we identify the regions affected, the hazards types associated with the event and the resulting impacts.

Select your search parameters on the left and click search to view a summary of each matching weather event. You can narrow your search by start and/or end date. Pick one or more regions (using the control or shift keys) to include any event affecting the region. Or narrow your search by selecting Hazards or Impacts (using the control or shift keys to select more than one).

You can also enter keywords to look for in the text e.g "rain snow" will find events containing either rain OR snow while "rain AND snow" will return events containing both.

Click on the title of a weather event to view the details and visualise the locations affected on the map. Return to the search/summary display to change your search parameters or make a new search at any time

You can bookmark both search results and individual event pages, print a PDF or share them with your friends online. You can also link to an XML document for each event for further processing and analysis.

Example searches