Weather in Auckland
Auckland is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are reversed as compared to Europe or North America. Temperatures in the winter months average highs of about 63 F (17 C), while average lows are 46 F (8 C). The months of January and February mark the height of summer, with average highs of 75 F (24 C) and 60 F (16 C) for lows. Rainfall is lowest during January and February, making it a perfect time to visit Auckland.
Visit Auckland – Transportation
Auckland Airport (AKL) is New Zealand’s largest airport. It’s located about 30 minutes south of the downtown area by taxi. There is also regular bus service between the airport and the Britomart Transport Centre on the downtown waterfront. The Britomart Transport Centre is the transportation hub of Auckland, including the central train station, the cruise terminal, the airport shuttle bus terminal, local buses and numerous ferries. Consider a rental car for an extended visit, because there are so many attractions outside the city limits.
Visitors to Auckland often also visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the volcanic geysers, hot springs and mud pots in Rotorua. These attractions are located within 3 hours of Auckland.
Waitemata Harbour View, © Can Stock Photo / instinia
Visit Auckland – Western Springs
- Auckland Zoo
- Museum of Transportation and Technology
- Western Springs Stadium – a natural amphitheatre used mainly for local events.
- Pasifika Festival Auckland – annually in March.
Westhaven Marina, © Can Stock Photo / lucidwaters
Visit Auckland – North Shore
- Takapuna Beach located in North Shore City. Walk over the rocks to Milford Beach.
- Mount Victoria – a volcanic cone on the North Shore offering views of downtown Auckland. Walk from the Devonport ferry terminal.
Visit Waitakere Ranges
- Arataki Visitor Centre, Kitekite Falls, Fairy Falls and the Hillary Trail.
- Rain Forest Express – closed.
- Muriwai Gannett Colony – thousands of gannetts from July to December at Muriwai Beach.
- Bethells Beach – includes sand dunes and Lake Wainamu.
- Piha Beach – surfing, black sand beach and Lion Rock in Auckland Centennial Park.
- Karekare and Union Bay
Piha Beach near Auckland
Visit North of Auckland
- SnowPlanet – year round indoor snow.
- Tiritiri Matangi Open Sanctuary – a wildlife sanctuary located a half hour north of town.
- Snorkel or dive at Goat Island
- Great Barrier Island – Aotea is about 1.5 hours north of town. Visit the Glenfern Sanctuary.
- Cruise to the Bay of Islands, 3 hours north of Auckland.
Waitakere Ranges Regional Park near Auckland
Visit South of Auckland
- Rainbow’s End – theme park.
- Hunua Falls in the Hunua Ranges, an hour southeast of Auckland.
- Glenbrook Vintage Railway
- Auckland International Airport
- Manukau Heads Lighthouse at the tip of the Awhitu Peninsula.
Visit Auckland – Background
Auckland is the capital of New Zealand and has a population of more than 1 million. It is known as the City of Sails. Auckland is located on an isthmus of the North Island where the city covers the width of the island.Manukau Harbour, off the Tasman Sea, is on its western edge and Waitemata Harbour off the Hauraki Gulf forms its eastern border. The Maori settled here in the 1300s and they represent the world’s largest Polynesian cultural center.