For MetPhone dial 0900 999 followed by your area code.
What is it?
MetPhone is an 0900 service provided by Meteorological Service of New Zealand Limited.
What does it cost?
Calls cost $1.30* per minute including GST plus any applicable mobile call rates. Most calls take about a minute.
Children ask your parents first.
(*Pricing current as of 06-Sept-2012 and may be subject to change without notice)
How do I use MetPhone?
Just ring 0900 999 + your Area Code.
For example, 0900 999 09 for Auckland Region & Northland, 0900 999 03 for the South Island.
All forecasts are constantly monitored and updated 24 hours a day.
Other, specialist forecasts are available for marine , agriculture and some mountain regions . Scroll down to find the relevant codes, or go to the FarmInfo page to learn about our specialist agricultural products. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find out more about the Text-to-Speech system we use present the forecasts and observations.
For further information or assistance, please call the MetPhone helpline toll free on: 0800 WEATHER (0800 932 843)
- 0900 999 09 - Auckland Region and Northland.
- Auckland Marine
- Coromandel (land and inshore marine)
- Bay of Islands Marine
- Auckland Marine Wind Observation
- 0900 999 07 - Rest of Upper North Island.
- Bay of Plenty
- Coromandel (Land & Marine)
- 0900 999 06 - Rest of Lower North Island.
- Hawke's Bay
- 0900 999 04 - Wellington Region.
- Wellington Marine
- Kapiti Marine
- Mana Marine
- 0900 999 03 - South Island.
- Canterbury & Canterbury Marine
- Otago & Southern Lakes
- Buller & Westland
- 0900 999 60 - Brett
- 0900 999 61 - Colville
- 0900 999 62 - Plenty
- 0900 999 63 - Portland
- 0900 999 64 - Castlepoint
- 0900 999 65 - Cook
- 0900 999 66 - Abel
- 0900 999 67 - Conway
- 0900 999 68 - Rangitata
- 0900 999 69 - Chalmers
- 0900 999 70 - Foveaux
- 0900 999 71 - Puysegur
- 0900 999 72 - Milford
- 0900 999 73 - Grey
- 0900 999 74 - Stephens
- 0900 999 75 - Raglan
- 0900 999 76 - Kaipara
- 0900 999 78 - Chatham Islands
Recreational Marine Forecasts
- 0900 999 98 - Bay of Islands Inshore Marine
- 0900 999 99 - Auckland Inshore Marine
- 0900 999 22 - Wellington Inshore Marine
- 0900 999 17 - Kapiti Coast Inshore Marine
- 0900 999 44 - Christchurch Inshore Marine
- 0900 999 18 - Lake Rotorua
- 0900 999 13 - Lake Taupo
Mountain and Ski Information
Before you pack up the car and head to the mountain make a quick call to MetPhone Mountain & Ski Info. It can help you take some of the guesswork out of your trip by giving you:
- The very latest MetService weather forecasts for mountain areas.
- Daily reports of ski conditions at all major ski areas (during the ski season).
- The latest AA highway report.
MetPhone Mountain & Ski Info numbers:
- 0900 999 24 - Brief Mountain (National)
- 0900 999 15 - Central North Island
- 0900 999 02 - Nelson Lakes
- 0900 999 26 - Canterbury Region
- 0900 999 81 - Southern Lakes
Ski conditions available by approximately 7am (during the ski season).
New forecasts available by 5am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.
MetPhone Text-to-Speech FAQ
Why does MetPhone now use an electronic voice?
By using an electronic voice, MetPhone can update more information more often. With text-to-speech technology, loading new forecasts and information takes no longer than five minutes.
Are more services available?
With text-to-speech we can now offer a greater number of services to MetPhone.
Where does the voice come from?
A UK-based company specialising in text-to-speech technology. MetService has modified the system, incorporating Maori pronunciation, to deliver our forecasts via MetPhone.
Are the forecasts still produced by MetService weather forecasters?
Only the voice is electronic. Forecasts are still produced by qualified forecasters.
How does text-to-speech work?
Once MetService's forecasters have drafted the weather forecast, the text-to-speech system turns the forecast into a sound file. The sound file is then sent to MetPhone where it is played to callers who select a particular service.
Without humans, how do you know the forecasts are updating?
All files are electronically monitored for quality and timeliness, and pro-active alerts are then actioned by staff monitoring the system.
How do you stop the system reading incorrect information?
The system automatically corrects known typing mistakes and any undesirable words and phrases. Improvements to pronunciation and quality will be ongoing.