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Best Times to Visit Auckland

The best times to visit Auckland are from March to May and between September and November. These shoulder months offer pleasant temperatures, mostly sunny days (excluding May) and thin tourist crowds. During peak season (December through February), you'll contend with swells of visitors and high airfare and room rates, but you'll also find warmer temperatures and fewer rain showers. Between June and August, both temperatures and tourism drop off. Before you pick your travel dates, you should note that the seasons are reversed here: Winter in New Zealand coincides with summer in the U.S., and vice versa.

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December-February

The months between December and February comprise Auckland's peak travel season. Average daytime highs sit in the 70s, resulting in a swell in tourists and high hotel and airfare prices. However, occasional deals crop up starting in late January once the holidays have ended and students are back in school. Calmer winds and more sunshine also make this season ideal for adrenaline junkies interested in outdoor adventure activities like bungee jumping and skydiving.

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March-May

March and April's mid-50 to low 70-degree weather beckons to outdoorsy types interested in activities like zip lining and hiking, while May's more affordable accommodation rates are ideal for budget-conscious travelers. The start of autumn is also a great time for festivalgoers interested in art and culture. If you're planning a May visit, remember that this month is the coolest (average temps hover in the low 50s and 60s) and wettest of the season.

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June-August

June through August constitutes Auckland's low season. July is the wettest and coldest month, with average temps ranging between the mid-40s and high 50s. Snow isn't common here, but the city's strong winter winds can make it feel considerably cooler outside, so dress accordingly. You'll also find the best deals on hotel rates and airfare during these months.

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September-November

Another ideal time to escape Auckland's coldest temperatures and most expensive hotel and airfare rates is in the spring. Though you'll contend with occasional showers and chilly temps (lows are generally in the 40s and 50s), you won't deal with summer's larger crowds and higher prices. Foodies will especially love November, when the city's main dining event – Taste of Auckland – takes place.

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