Auckland Weather March Averages, New Zealand
What's the Weather Like in Auckland in March
While destinations in the Northern Hemisphere are approaching spring and the hope of warmer weather, Auckland, located in the Southern Hemisphere on New Zealand's North Island, is experiencing its last days of summer. March is typically a month of mild weather, but with increased precipitation. As the month progresses visitors will notice that the evenings become cooler and the days are more likely to be overcast or rainy.
After the consistent weather in February, the more unpredictable month of March can gift visitors with endless clear, sunny days or plague vacationers with late summer storms and crisp evenings. The seasons begin to change and throughout April and May the temperature will continue to drop and the number of rainy days increase.
The average temperature in March is a comfortable 19°C (66°F), and while the afternoons can be warmer, the evenings and overnight can become considerably colder. Visitors should expect the average high temperature to be 22°C (72°F), and the average low temperature fall to 15°C (59°F), two degrees Celsius lower than the average low temperature in February.
Despite lower average temperatures, the sea temperature in the bays around Auckland remain warm and comfortable. At 21°C (70°F), many will still participate in water activities and water sports.
The autumn and winter months in Auckland see an increase in precipitation, in comparison to the summer. This is most apparent during the months of June and July, when the number of rainy days jumps to 18 days during those months and the ones to follow. March and April are a transition between the warmer, drier summer and the cooler, wetter winter.
In March there is an average of 12 rainy days throughout the month and an average 40 mm of precipitation. This is an increase of 10 mm of precipitation from January and February.
Days in March can be clear and sunny; perfect for Auckland's many outdoor activities. However, as the Southern Hemisphere moves from summer to winter, the days are becoming shorter and March only has an average 6 hours of daily sunlight. Shorter, less sunny days is a trend that will continue until the equinox in June.
Hotels for Auckland in March
For many New Zealander's March is still a month of mild weather and a great time to be near the water. Given Auckland's close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, Auckland's wharf and harbours remain full of activity during this month. It is still a great time of year to book a hotel right on the city's waterfront.
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is an apartment-style hotel that overlooks the centrally located Viaduct Harbour. Often considered the epicenter of entertainment in Auckland, The hotel has a great location for visitors and the 120 rooms provide guests with more space and privacy, but with all the comforts of a 4.5 star hotel.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
A luxury option located in Viaduct Harbour is the gorgeous Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. This 5-star hotel is designed with the proximity of the marina and harbour in mind. Light and sophisticated, guests have Auckland's best-known entertainment district on their doorstep and the city center in their backyard.
The Attic Backpackers
Visitors who want the best of both budget accommodation and central city location are encouraged to consider The Attic Backpackers. Named for its location on the top floor of a building near the Auckland Skytower and busy Queen Street. The hostel only sleeps 100 people, which creates a more intimate and cosy environment than larger central hostels, and most of the city is easily accessible by bus or walking.
Beaches for March for Auckland
Waiheke Island Beach
When the weather is warm and the days are sunny it can be a great time to catch the ferry to Waiheke Island. The peaceful town of Oneroa overlooks the best beach on the island. The ferry to Waiheke Island only takes 35 minutes from central Auckland, and it is worth it to soak up the sun on one of summer's final days. The beach is also safe for swimming, and given that the sea temperature remains warm throughout the month of March, it can be the perfect month for a dip.
Restaurants and Bars for Auckland in March
As the summer days begin to fade, so do the final days of beach glory on the Auckland region's beautiful beaches. Visitors should head to ARTWOK, near Takapuna Beach for Asian food in summer's final hours. The Chinese dishes served by the ARTWOK team are delicious and filled with passion for food, and particularly oriental cuisine.
Takapuna Beach Cafe and Store
If you are searching for something more relaxed, nip around the corner from ARTWOK to the Takapuna Beach Café and Store. On a sunny afternoon the outdoor deck is sure to be busy, and with a location right on the promenade it is a great place to grab lunch. Cute and casual, this restaurant will not hinder your relaxed afternoon. Takapuna Beach Café is only open for lunch, so be sure to arrive before their 6:00pm closing time.
The French Cafe
From a relaxed beach café, to a contemporary and posh café, The French Café located in the inner-neighborhood of Eden Terrace, is one of Auckland's best-loved restaurants. It serves sophisticated and interesting New Zealand cuisine. The presentation is clean and beautiful, and the atmosphere perfect for a special evening out.
Things to Do in Auckland in March
For most of March the summer weather entices locals and visitors alike to explore the city and outdoors. Auckland has incredible beaches, breathtaking parks and a ton of fun to be had outside.
Coast to Coast Walkway
The Coast to Coast Walkway, starting in central Auckland is a great way to become familiar with the city and enjoy the unique experience of walking from one ocean to another. The Coast to Coast Walkway begins in Waitemata Harbour, and after a few hours, walkers find themselves in Manukau Harbour facing a different sea. The walk is easily accessible by public transport.
North Shore Coastal Walk
Also within easy reach of the central business district is the North Shore Coastal Walk. Visitors can choose to do part or all of the 23 km walk, which traverses the beaches and neighborhoods along Auckland's North Shore.
Alternatively, take the whole family to explore Mt Eden also known as Maungawhau Domain amd enjoy 360° views of the city.