When is the best time to visit Auckland?

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We found the ideal time to visit Auckland and explore the wide range of activities the city has to offer, without compromising on price or great weather.

When is the best time to visit Auckland?

Visiting during the summer months, from December to February, will let you make the most of the outdoor adventure has to offer, from ferry trips out to Waiheke Island to the nearby beaches.


Overview

Although the summer months are during peak tourist season right across New Zealand, most visitors head outside the major cities, so you won't feel overwhelmed if you stay in Auckland.

Summer in Auckland is a popular time combines school and Christmas holidays with New Zealand’s hottest months, with temperatures from 15 to 30℃.

The cooler winter months of June to August, when temperatures only reach a high of 18℃, can limit your range of outdoor activities.

If you’re looking for the best time to go price-wise without sacrificing too much on the weather, October and April are less busy but the days can still be pleasant.


When to visit Auckland for the best weather

If you're looking for the warmest weather and the least amount of rain, head to Auckland sometime between December and February.

When to visit Auckland for the best price

With less demand for flights and hotel rooms, consider traveling during the winter months from May to September. While they are the cooler months, both the prices and number of tourists will drop.

October or April are better options if you’re looking for a reduced prices without full-on winter weather.


Best time to visit Auckland for…

  • Sightseeing. Since Auckland’s weather is generally pleasant year-round, there is no bad time for sightseeing. Depending on your weather preference, you can take in all the sights that Auckland has to offer during the warmest months of December to February (15–30 ℃) as well as the coolest months of June to August (5–18℃).
  • Outdoor activities. To avoid the busiest times on the hiking trails, head to Auckland in autumn (March to May) when the temperatures are still warm and the trees are starting to change colour. To take full advantage of outdoor activities such as beaches and nearby islands, travel between December and February.
  • Extreme sports. Extreme sports are available year-round but are best during the summer months.
  • Snow sports. June to August are Auckland’s winter months, with August the best to hit the slopes.
  • Waiheke Island's wineries: Summer months from December until March are the most popular times to visit, with the hop-on/hop-off vineyards bus only operating during these months.

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