Averages for Auckland in February
New Zealand’s location in the Southern Hemisphere means the prime summer weather in Auckland ranges from mid-December through to mid-March. At this time temperatures are at their warmest and precipitation at its lowest. Given Auckland’s location along the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean and low mountain ranges to the east, west and northwest, it is a city that truly thrives when locals and visitors can be outdoors. During the sunny month of February, visitors can see Auckland at its ...
Averages for Auckland in February
New Zealand’s location in the Southern Hemisphere means the prime summer weather in Auckland ranges from mid-December through to mid-March. At this time temperatures are at their warmest and precipitation at its lowest. Given Auckland’s location along the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean and low mountain ranges to the east, west and northwest, it is a city that truly thrives when locals and visitors can be outdoors. During the sunny month of February, visitors can see Auckland at its very best.
February is the driest month of the year in Auckland. While the winter months of June, July and August can have an average 18 rainy days in each month, on average there are only 10 rainy days in February. Visitors can expect an average 30 mm of precipitation to fall throughout February, which is similar to the other warmer months of December, January and March.
The temperature is also pleasant and consistent from day-to-day in February. Most mornings and early evenings will hover around the average temperature of 20°C (68°F), while overnight the temperature often falls to the average low temperature of 17°C (63°F). Visitors will want to be prepared for the cooler evenings, even in this summer month, if you have plans to dine al fresco or walk along one of Auckland’s great beaches.
Midday usually brings warmer temperatures. However, despite the warmer sunshine, there is not much difference from the average temperature. The average high temperature only reaches 23°C (73°F).
Due to Auckland’s mild summer temperatures, most visitors are drawn to the city for watersports and surfing, instead of swimming. However, the sea temperature in February does rise to 21°C (70°F), the warmest of the year, though many locals will hit the surf and sand on much colder days.
The bright sunshine in February also entices people outdoors and to the waterfront. There is an average 7 hours of daily sunlight during February, with only January having more daily sunlight over the course of the year. At other times of the year, Auckland receives as little as 4 or 5 hours of daily sunlight. February’s longer, brighter days make it possible to enjoy Auckland’s attractions, waterfront and parks longer and these places will be busier at this time of year.
Where to Stay
February is a time of wonderful weather in Auckland. The weather continues to be warm and the skies clear. This month is the perfect time to visit New Zealand’s capital and splurge on accommodation that is as beautiful as the temperatures outside. Hotel DeBrett is often considered the best hotel in Auckland. The beautiful design to the cheerful guestrooms welcome each guest and the personalised service offered by this boutique hotel is unparalleled in Auckland. In 2007 the current owners lovingly and carefully restored the dilapidated building that houses the hotel and it quickly became “the place” to stay in Auckland. Hotel DeBrett has earned its outstanding reputation for good reason and the centrally located hotel is focused on maintaining its status as Auckland’s most sophisticated place to stay.
If a summer month like February in Auckland means you want to stay outside the city, head to Te Whau Lodge on Waiheke Island, just 35 minutes from central Auckland. The lodge only has 4 guestrooms, all with private balconies and stunning views. The lodge is a beautiful, contemporary design of wood and iron, which balances between rustic and sophisticated. The large deck, a common area for all guests, entices visitors to relax and enjoy vistas over the bay and amazing New Zealand sunsets.
If it is the beach you crave, then consider the Emerald Inn near Auckland’s Takapuna Beach on the city’s North Shore. The beachside property has self-contained motel rooms, villas and a cottage. The villas and cottage are great for families that may need more space or visitors planning a longer stay in Auckland and would like amenities such as a private kitchen and lounge. All of the accommodation options are welcoming and stylish, but the Emerald Inn remains, blissfully, relaxed and cosy along the sea.
Hit the Beach
The black sand beach of Piha is located on Auckland’s west coast at the foot of the sloping Waitakere Ranges. This beach, which is split into 2 by Lion Rock, is one of Auckland’s iconic images. The beach is wild and unruly, which is why many locals and tourists alike come here to surf, sit or take photograph. There are good breaks for all levels of surfers, but the current can be strong and swimmers should obey warnings and only swim between the flags.
Where to Eat & Drink
Summer should be all about ease and fun, particularly when on holiday. The Depot Eatery and Oyster Bar dishes up fast, delicious food in a simple and trendy space, without any fuss or flash. The friendly service and mellow environment make it a great summer venue for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The space is small and popular, and they do not take reservations, so visitors should expect a wait, but the wait is well worth it.
Visitors seeking a sophisticated night out should consider The Grove Restaurant. Located inside the renovated St Patrick’s Cathedral, The Grove Restaurant has a fabulous and lovely location in central Auckland. The concept is a unique twist on pre fixe dinning, as guests decide as a table on either 5 or 9 courses, and the extensive wine list is matched to the chosen dishes. For something even more exciting, head to The Grove Restaurant on a Monday, when the chef serves up a blind menu. The restaurant is happy to accommodate dietary restrictions, so do not let the set menu deter a visit.
If it is something sweet you crave, then get to Giapo. The gelato shop is known for keeping its ingredients secret and its toppings creative. The constant line is a sure sign that you have found the right place and the handmade gelato is sure to delight.
Things to Do
There are nearly 100 wineries in the region around Auckland, and the variety of grapes grown and wines produced in the region are diverse. Visitors could easily spend 2 or 3 days visiting the wineries in the area, and it is best done by car or with a tour, depending on how much you plan to drink! Auckland Wine Trail Tours offer both full day and half day tours in small groups, perfect for tasting many types of wine, while learning about the wine areas and varieties. Or Join local Phil Parker who leads the wine and food tours at Fine Wine Tours.
The gorgeous February weather is the perfect backdrop for the Auckland Lantern Festival. The festival takes place over 3 nights in mid to late February in centrally located Auckland Domain. The Lantern Festival coincides with Chinese New Year, and the event features over 800 Chinese lanterns that are illuminated in the New Zealand night. There are also performances, Chinese art on display, stalls selling Chinese snacks and crafts and a grand finale fireworks display. Best of all, the event is free and enjoyable for the whole family.