Best time to visit Auckland

The best time to visit Auckland is during the summer months of January and February, when the weather is warm and sunny averaging a high of 24°C (75°F).

However, anytime from late-December through March is good for a range of outdoor activities.

Auckland weather

Auckland enjoys a warm temperate climate with changeable weather, but with no extremes of temperature.

Due to its coastal position on New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland receives quite high levels of rain year-round.

Summer, from December through March, is comfortable and sunny with an average high temperature of 24°C (75°F) in January and February. Night time temperatures can be cooler. Be prepared for some rainfall.

Autumn, in April and May, sees the climate become cooler especially in the evenings and rainfall increases.

Winter, from June through August, is generally cold and rainy.

Spring, in September and October, is mild and rainy.

What is the best month to visit Auckland?
January and February are the best months to visit Auckland, since this is the sunniest and warmest time of year, although you can still expect occasional rain showers.

December and March are also acceptable months, although with an increase in rainfall.

Which is the hottest month in Auckland?
The warmest month of the year in Auckland is February ,with an average high of 24°C (75°F) and a night-time low of 17°C (62°F).

On the warmest days of summer, the temperature may reach a high of 27°C (80°F).

The warm, summer season lasts from late-December to late-March, with an average daily high temperature above 21°C (69°F).

Which is the coldest month in Auckland?
The coldest month of the year in Auckland is July, with an average low of 8°C (46°F) and high of 15°C (59°F).

The cold winter season lasts from June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature below 16°C (60°F).

When is it sunniest in Auckland?
The sunniest month in Auckland is usually February, with sunshine on average for 52% of daylight hours; that's seven hours of sunshine per day.

December through February is generally the sunniest time of year in Auckland.

What is the humidity in Auckland?
Auckland experiences seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 75% – 85% over the course of the year. Typically, it's humid all year round.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Auckland?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature.

The average annual dew point in Auckland is 12°C (53°F), and varies over the course of the year from dry at 8°C (46°F) to comfortable at 15°C (59°F).   

The more humid time of year in Auckland lasts from mid-December through March, when you can expect the comfort level to be humid at least 4% of the time.

The month with the highest humidity in Auckland is March, when four days on average are slightly humid.

When is the sea warmest in Auckland?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Auckland in February when the water temperature reaches 21°C (70°F), which is still cold for comfortable swimming.

Which month has the most rain in Auckland?
July is usually the wettest month in Auckland with 114mm (4in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 11 days. Rain falls throughout the year in Auckland.

From early-May through to mid-October there's a greater than a 27% likelihood of a given day being a wet day.

The drier season lasts from mid-October to early-May. The month with the fewest wet days in Auckland is February.

What are the windiest months in Auckland?
The windiest month of the year in Auckland is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 24 kilometres per hour (13 knots; 15 mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-May to early-December, with average wind speeds of more than 22 kilometres per hour (11 knots; 13 mph).

The calmer time of year lasts from from early-December through to mid-May. The least windy month of the year in Auckland is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 20 kilometres per hour (10 knots; 12 mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Auckland varies throughout the year.

Auckland Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
24 24 23 20 18 15 15 15 16 18 20 22
Average low temperature (°C)
16 17 15 13 11 9 8 8 10 11 13 15
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
7 7 6 5 4 3 4 4 5 5 6 7
Comfort level
Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Cold icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon
Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
3 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Average dew point temperature (°C)
15 15 14 13 11 10 8 9 10 11 12 14
Average relative humidity (%)
75 75 77 80 84 85 85 83 81 79 77 76
UV Index (max)
11+ 11 8 5 3 2 2 3 5 7 9 11
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
6 5 6 6 9 10 11 10 9 8 6 6
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
53 59 68 77 108 104 114 99 87 82 75 73
Average wind speed (km/h)
20 20 20 20 23 24 24 23 24 24 23 21
Average sea temperature (°C)
20 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 15 16 17 18
Auckland, New Zealand

Holiday seasons

High season: From mid-December through February, when most Kiwi families take their annual holidays. The Easter break and school holidays in April, June to July, and September to October, also tend to be very busy.

Low season: The winter months between April and August, excluding the major ski regions.

Source: Meteorological data for Auckland is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1992 to 2021 by MetService New Zealand at the closest weather station: Auckland International Airport (AKL), located 20km (12mi) south of Auckland CBD. Additional climate data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: Best time to visit Auckland: 10 May, 2024

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