Auckland Weather Guide

With a warm coastal climate, there's no wild fluctuations in weather in Auckland with summer temps averaging around 24 degrees Celsius and the daily maximum temperature during winter still hitting a mild 14 degrees Celsius. Located on the North Island of New Zealand and surrounded by 3 harbours, Auckland receives around 1,200 millimetres of rain annully with more rainfall and intense downpours in winter.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to February

Auckland is at its sunniest in summer with daylight savings and long days providing ample time to enjoy the city to its fullest. If you plan on taking advantage of the beaches in Auckland, summer is a great time to visit and cool off with warm and humid temperatures providing the ideal conditions for watersports of all types at the beaches. Summer is also festival season here with St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Auckland Seafood Festival and Auckland Pride Festival, to name a few, all on during this time. Summer in Auckland is also the peak tourist season with travellers from around the country and Australia enjoying their Christmas holidays here. If you can, book as early as possible to get a good price on your accommodation and holiday packages.

Average temperatures: 14 - 22 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Swimmers, shorts, tees, summer dresses and sandals.
Don't forget: Your festival gear and sunscreen.

Autumn: March to May

Though temperatures are slightly cooler in autumn than in summer, the transitional season is still a fantastic time to go to Auckland with sunny weather and falling leaves providing fantastic fodder for photography. If you're lucky, some days may be still warm enough for swimming although temperatures at night are known to drop significantly. In March, the world's largest Pacific festival hits town with Pasifika Festival Auckland celebration the colours and cultures of various Pacific Island nations, while, also this month, Round the Bays 8.4-kilometre course draws almost 40,000 participants to make it one of the world's biggest annual fun runs.

Average temperatures: 12 - 20 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans, tees, dresses and comfy shoes for walking.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, sunglasses and a jumper for night-time.

Winter: June to August

Winter brings cooler temperatures and rain to Auckland with some frost but no snow. While the days might not be ideal for enjoying the great outdoors, you will find some moments of sunshine to allow you to get out and about in the city. Winter is also the low travel season in Auckland with most travellers taking to the ski fields in New Zealand's winter, resulting in cheaper accommodation prices in the city. In August, the New Zealand International Film Festival provides the perfect excuse to stay indoors and catch up over 150 cinematic masterpieces, or head to Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium to hang with the penguins and ride a warmed snowmobile to the Antarctic Ice Adventure exhibit.

Average temperatures: 7 - 15 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans, long-sleeve tops, jumpers, boots.
Don't forget: An umbrella, scarf and a waterproof jacket.

Spring: September to November

As the daylight grows longer and flowers come back into bloom, spring arrives in Auckland. This season is another fantastic time to be in the city with warmer weather and blue skies providing the ideal conditions to base jump off the Sky Tower, jet boat on the harbour or simply enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. Hiking is another popular pastime in Auckland during the spring months with much of the hinterland in bloom with colour. September also see a celebration of fashion with New Zealand Fashion Week highlighting established and upcoming designers, while Taste of Auckland in November puts the spotlight on local restaurants and gourmet masterclasses. And if you've overindulged or need to work up an appetite, hit the road for the Auckland Marathon and Half Marathon, also in November.

Average temperatures: 10 - 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering - jeans, tees, jumpers.
Don't forget: Comfy walking shoes and a camera.