Auckland Weather December Averages, New Zealand
What's the Weather Like in Auckland in December
December is often a month associated with crisp holiday evenings, cold temperatures and snow. However, in Auckland the month of December ushers in the first month of summer. The beaches and harbours become more crowded as the temperature rises, and Auckland's neighborhoods become lively with outdoor dining and long weekend brunches. It is a month of increased sunshine and temperatures, with a corresponding decrease in precipitation a great time for visitors!
The stronger sunlight and fewer overcast days mean the average hours of daily sunlight goes up from November to December. While the spring months of October and November have a consistent average 6 hours of sunlight per day, December has an average 7 hours.
As well, the average temperature continues a slow, steady climb throughout the month of December. The average temperature for the month is a mild 18°C (64°F). As summer continues in January and February, the average temperature will only become slightly higher at 20°C (68°F). The average high temperature is 21°C (70°F).
Meanwhile, the overnight low temperature can still be crisp. The average low temperature for December remains at 15°C (59°C). Such colder overnight temperatures are common across New Zealand's North Island, including in Wellington and in other Oceanic cities such as Melbourne, Australia.
The sea temperature in both the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, which both border the city of Auckland, is also warming. However, the average sea temperature for the month is only 18°C (64°F), and most visitors who plan to participate in watersports or surfing will want a wetsuit.
The summer months are drier than the winter months, and in December the average amount of precipitation is 10 mm less than in September, October and November. The month of December receives an average 30 mm of precipitation, which is similar to what visitors should expect in January and February as well. There are an average 14 rainy days during the month.
Hotels for Auckland in December
As the weather turns to summer during December, it is a great time of year to be seaside on Waiheke Island, just outside of central Auckland. Waiheke has a number of upscale accommodation options and seaside bed and breakfasts, however the budget-conscious traveler can also find a home away from home on this beautiful island.
Fossil Bay Lodge
Fossil Bay Lodge offers a range of accommodation options, from cottages and apartments to comfortable tents that include a private bathroom, queen size bed. Many of the facilities are shared, including a kitchen and lounge, which keeps the cost to stay reasonable. These unique options at Fossil Bay Lodge are often fully booked, so visitors are encouraged to arrange in advance.
Auckland's accommodation options range from unique and interesting to upscale and sophisticated. Many of the more expensive and lavish hotels are located in the city center or on Viaduct Harbour, with most major hotels choosing these areas to accommodate both leisure and business travelers.
Breakfast on the Beach
However, Breakfast on the Beach is a 5-star accommodation located on Waiheke Island. The hotel specialises in events such as wedding packages and corporate retreats, however the leisure traveler, with the means and budget, should not overlook this option on the island. The 4 guestrooms are only 30 meters from the beach, and if serenity is what you seek, look no further.
Scenic Hotel Auckland
For visitors who prefer to be located near the main attractions in Auckland's city center, a great option is Scenic Hotel Auckland. The pleasant afternoons of December are a great time to explore the city and waterfront, and the Scenic Hotel Auckland is located right on Queen Street, the city's main thoroughfare.
One of Auckland's entertainment districts is located across the street, and it is a mere 9-minute walk to Auckland's Skytower. As well, public transportation is just outside and the city is easily traversed by taxi.
Beaches for December for Auckland
Mission Bay Beach
The waterfront neighborhood of Mission Bay is packed with great cafes and small places to grab a drink. It is also home to one of the most popular beaches in Auckland, Mission Bay Beach. The seaside vibe permeates throughout this chilled out spot, and it is a great place for everyone from solo travelers to families to spend a sunny day.
One of the most popular activities is grabbing fish and chips from a nearby shop and enjoying lunch on the sand. Other visitors spend some time soaking up the rays and then head to a small park near the beach, Selwyn Domain. Best of all, there is a pathway to Mission Bay Beach from central Auckland that takes around 45-minutes to walk one-way.
Restaurants and Bars for Auckland in December
One of Auckland's best restaurants is tested, tried and true Cibo. Open and operating for over 20 years, not only one of Auckland's veteran restaurants, it is still one of its best. The summer months are especially delightful for dining at Cibo, as the restaurant opens its private courtyard and meals that might last an hour extend for 3 in the relaxing environment. The entire restaurant is decorated in soft peaches and creams, for a dreamy but sophisticated atmosphere. Reservations are recommended, particularly on weekend evenings.
Creative, colourful and popular, MooChowChow is a Thai restaurant with flair. The restaurant is vibrant and chic, just like the food it serves. Intended to capture the feeling, as well as flavours of Bangkok's famous food stalls, MooChowChow has a focused menu of Thai favorites and interesting takes on classic dishes.
In need of an afternoon drink or pre-dinner beer? Brothers Beer is a unique brewery located on Wellesley Street in central Auckland. The owners brew their own beer, but also stock some of the best beers and craft beers from around the globe. There is also a retail store and beer tasting lounge where customers can find and try over 200 bottled beers or 1 of the 18 beers always on tap.
Things to Do in Auckland in December
From seaside to riverside, summer in Auckland is a great time to explore the outdoors. Whether it is letting the days slide away on Waiheke Island or finding some solitude in the nearby Waitakere Ranges, there are so many ways to play outdoors in December.
The Red Boats
Many of Auckland's activities take place on the water. There are companies that specialise in everything from peaceful harbour cruises, to adventure-packed days on the water. From a quiet cruise that lasts all day, to a party cruise that could last all night, there are companies that provide both and everything in between. The Red Boats is one company that does it all. Whether it is a dinner for 2 while floating through Auckland's bays, to a fishing charter, visitors can find any type of tour on the water while in Auckland.
Auckland Adventure Jet
Visitors who want an adrenaline rush should consider a trip with Auckland Adventure Jet. The super fast, super fun jet boat races across the water for a ride that is truly thrilling.