Auckland Weather April Averages, New Zealand
What's the Weather Like in Auckland in April
The weather in Auckland during the month of April is unpredictable and often changing hour-to-hour and day-to-day. There are days of constant sunshine and favourable temperatures, other days can be dreary. However, as New Zealand's most populous city, there are still many events and activities that coincide with the arrival of autumn.
The end of March is often seen as the definitive end of summer in Auckland, but the autumn month of April can still have glorious days that are perfect for being outdoors or on the water. Visitors should come prepared for the rain, but can hope for the best for an April holiday in Auckland.
Each April Auckland receives an average 40 mm of precipitation and there are an average 15 rainy days throughout the month. Given that winter in Auckland is historically wetter than the summer months, visitors can expect the amount of precipitation and number of rainy days to continue to increase throughout the upcoming months.
The increased rain and overcast skies, along with shorter days, means there are less daily hours of sunlight as well. While March has an average 6 hours of daily sunlight, the month of April drops to an average 5 hours of daily sunlight.
The average temperature remains temperate, yet cool, at 17°C (63°F). On overcast or windy days the temperature can feel much lower than what is read on the thermometer, and visitors are encouraged to prepare with layers and appropriate rain attire.
The average high temperature settles at 20°C (68°F), while overnight the temperature can drop much lower, and the average low temperature dips to 13°C (55°F). April is the usually the last month of outdoor dining and seaside cafes open in Auckland.
Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere also means the sea temperature begins to fall. However, unlike the air temperature, which can become brisk and cold overnight, the sea temperature only decreases slightly from March to April. The average sea temperature in April being 20°C (68°F), compared to March's average temperature of 21°C (70°F).
Hotels for Auckland in April
Rendezvous Hotel Auckland
As things begin to cool down in April on the north island of New Zealand, the Rendezvous Hotel Auckland's proximity to the city center and Auckland's attractions make it a great option in the city. The Hotel has 425 modern guestrooms and amenities to accommodate solo travelers, families or those on business. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool, rooftop garden and onsite sauna that are sure to keep guests entertained regardless of the temperatures April brings to Auckland.
The Great Ponsonby Arthotel
While the Rendezvous Hotel Auckland is a great option, some visitors may seek the attention to detail and comfort of a smaller hotel. The Great Ponsonby Arthotel has only 11 guestrooms and each is delightfully and colourfully decorated. The hotel has been operating for 20 years in the Ponsonby neighborhood, which is filled with bars, restaurants and cafes. The Great Ponsonby Arthotel continues to offer cosy and friendly accommodation in this fantastic Auckland neighborhood.
Backpackers and those on a budget will be comfortable and refreshed after a stay at Haka Lodge in Auckland. This backpacker's hostel is part of a chain, all named Haka Lodge, located throughout New Zealand. New, cosy and complete with a kitchen and living areas, it is a great base to meet other travellers and explore. Plus, its location on K Road means the city center is only a few minutes away by bus.
Beaches for April for Auckland
While the summer months are past, the month of April can still be a great time of year to hit the beach for certain watersports and activities. In particular, locals and visitors head to beaches around Auckland for the surf all year long. Two of the best surf beaches in the area are located a short drive from central Auckland.
Muriwai and Maori Bay
To the west of the city, Muriwai and Maori Bay have great breaks, but are often only safe for advanced surfers.
To the east is Forestry beach, where the morning surf reigns supreme and many surfers in the know camp the night before to catch the favourable waves.
Restaurants and Bars for Auckland in April
Beirut on Auckland's Fort Street is serving food and drinks most hours of the day. From coffee and breakfast on weekday mornings, to its delicious Middle Eastern food and creative cocktails throughout the afternoon, evening and late night on weekdays and Saturdays. The flavour combinations are creative and often surprise and delight, customers at this contemporary venue. A seat at the chef's table is a great opportunity to see the kitchen's attention to detail and passion for food.
Gypsy Tea Room
Whether searching for a place for drinks before dinner or looking for a laidback bar to begin a night out, the myriad of bars and pubs in Auckland's trendy suburbs should not be overlooked. For example, the Gypsy Tea Room is nestled in Grey Lynn, Auckland. The atmosphere is bohemian and cool, the wine list refined and thoughtful and the cocktails tasty. Outdoor heaters on the Gypsy Tea Room's patio means it is still a great stop on a crisp April evening.
Another neighborhood favourite, Woodpecker Hill in Parnell does really good BBQ. The interior is dark with low lighting that adds to the ambiance of smokey BBQ and burning moonshine.
Things to Do in Auckland in April
The Skytower is certainly the most iconic building in the Auckland skyline, and most visitors consider a visit to the tower a "must" while in Auckland. Open every day from 9:00am until 10:00pm, it is possible to enjoy the sweeping views of Auckland and the water both day and night.
Pay attention to the forecast as the Skytower does close during certain adverse weather conditions. The view is not the only reason to visit the Skytower, although it is certainly the most well known. Located within the Skytower are dining options, an entertainment complex, and even a casino.
When there is rain during the month of April, there are plenty of activities to keep visitors busy. The Auckland Museum is comprised of exhibits and works from several different areas important to Auckland's history and development as a city.
There are impressive galleries dedicated to the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori. Others focus on the Pacific peoples more generally or tell the evolutionary history of New Zealand. The top floor galleries are dedicated to New Zealand's short, but very important, war history.