Averages for Auckland in May
The month of May is the last month of autumn in Auckland. During this crisp and cool month, destinations in the Southern Hemisphere are looking towards winter and cold temperatures, and Auckland is no exception. Winters in New Zealand are notoriously cold with many places receiving snow throughout the winter. In many cities and towns, including Auckland, activities begin to shift from the water to the mountains and indoors as the precipitation continues to increase and the days grow ever cool...
The month of May is the last month of autumn in Auckland. During this crisp and cool month, destinations in the Southern Hemisphere are looking towards winter and cold temperatures, and Auckland is no exception. Winters in New Zealand are notoriously cold with many places receiving snow throughout the winter. In many cities and towns, including Auckland, activities begin to shift from the water to the mountains and indoors as the precipitation continues to increase and the days grow ever cooler.
Auckland's location on two large bays means many activities and occupations in the city focus on the water, however as winter approaches the sea temperature becomes chillier. The average sea temperature for the month of May is 18°C (64°F). While this is colder than the summer sea temperature of 21°C (70°F), the water temperature is falling slower than the air temperature and on certain days the water might be warmer than on land.
May is the first month that the temperature begins to drop rapidly. The average temperature falls from 17°C (63°F) in April, to 14°C (57°F) in May.
Likewise the average low temperature continues to fall quickly throughout the month. The average low temperature of 11°C (52°F) means that at this time of year evenings, overnight and early mornings in Auckland are cool and require extra layers. The average high temperature is a mild 17°C (63°F).
Also, throughout the month of May there is a jump in the amount of precipitation in Auckland. The earlier autumn months of March and April each receive an average 40 mm of rain, while, historically, May receives an average 50 mm. The humidity also climbs in May, reaching 85%. This increased amount of precipitation will continue throughout the winter months of June, July and August.
May has an average of just 5 hours of daily sunlight, as the Southern Hemisphere approaches the equinox in June and the shortest days of the year. Meanwhile, there are more rainy days throughout the month than in previous months. May has an average 17 rainy days, and visitors should be prepared with good rain gear.
Where to Stay
As the weather continues to grow crisp and rainy, hunker down in one of Auckland's nicest hotels. The Langham, Auckland is a classically beautiful hotel with 411 guestrooms. The hotel is within walking distance to many of Auckland's attractions and waterfront entertainment district, while the professional and friendly service at this impressive hotel will warm up visitors on May's crisp days and nights.
After spending a cool May afternoon seeing all of Auckland's attractions, it is nice to arrive back at accommodation that feels like home. For backpackers, those on a budget or any traveler with a laidback attitude, consider Ponsonby Backpackers.
Located in a fascinating, Victorian-era villa, Ponsonby Backpackers is in the center of one of Auckland's most vibrant neighborhoods. A café or bar is never far and the bus stop is right out the door. Plus, being only 2 kilometers from the city center, means the hostel is the perfect neighborhood accommodation with great connections to the city sights.
Another great option in the Ponsonby neighborhood is Abaco on Jervis. The studio or apartment style suites are functional and cozy. With a bit more space, this is a great accommodation option for families or those traveling on business.
Where to Eat & Drink
The rain might be falling or the sun setting early at this time of year, but pay no mind and head to somewhere bright and welcoming for lunch or dinner. The Culpeper is located near Auckland's Maritime Museum. It must be admitted this cheery and tropical themed eatery is also perfect for a summer day, however, the easy, breezy attitude towards service and food at The Culpeper is a great way to boost your energy on a bleak day.
Good beer, in a great environment is really the best medicine for the changing weather. At Galbraith's Alehouse the beers are served without any fuss or flair, but the service is still friendly and warm. Galbraith's brews its own beer and also carries a number of other beers on its guest taps. The Sunday roast at this Auckland institution continues to be popular and delicious.
Alternatively, grab a locally brewed Brothers Beer at the owner's second location Juke Joint. This place serves up some great BBQ alongside the popular New Zealand beer, and is continuing to gain a loyal following in Auckland.
Things to Do
In comparison to earlier months in the summer and autumn, May is quieter and calmer in Auckland. There are not as many cultural events or festivals to attend; however, the best of Auckland's museums and sights are still open.
One event that does take place each May is the Auckland Writers Festival. The event puts on over 120 public events and draws over 22,000 people each year. A true celebration of fiction and non-fiction, there are over 160 writers from around the world that attend. The Auckland Writers Festival has been running for over 15 years and is a fantastic reason to visit Auckland during the month of May.
If the weather isn't cooperating visitors can head indoors to the Auckland Art Gallery. There are a number of permanent and rotating exhibits, and the museum's website does a great job of detailing the current exhibits. Known by its Māori name as Toi o Tāmaki, it is the largest art institution in New Zealand, and has an extensive collection of national art that provides new insight into the people, culture and history of New Zealand. Open daily, it is the prefect place to save for a rainy day in May.