Make the most of March's weather, a month characterised in New Zealand by warm sunny days, bright blue skies and a wonderful freshness in the air. March is the first month of Autumn and one of the busiest months in terms of festivals and events.

March Weather

The weather in March, the first month of autumn, is usually only slightly cooler than in the summer months of December, January and February. In the North Island, particularly in the so-called 'Winterless North', you can expect temperatures of 25°C in the Bay of Islands, even 27°C in central Rotorua. Both being great all year round destinations for swimming, boating and fishing.

As autumn gets underway in New Zealand, you will see – especially in regions such as Central Otago (South Island) and Hawke's Bay (North Island) – its native evergreen flora give way a little to introduced deciduous trees. As the leaves on these trees change colour, autumn makes New Zealand's landscapes even more picturesque.

NZ Vineyard

March has a lovely warmth to it and as the grapes hang lush and plump, this is a perfect time of year for touring New Zealand's wineries and vineyards. There's hardly a better way to spend an evening than basking in the warmth of the autumn sunlight with a local red or white wine in hand.

  • North Island Wine Regions
    • Northland
    • Bay of Plenty
    • Auckland
    • Gisborne
    • Hawke's Bay
    • Wairarapa
  • South Island Wine Regions
    • Nelson
    • Marlborough (also home to the Havelock Mussel Festival)
    • Central Otago
    • Waipara

March Weather in Otago

If you're heading to Otago, the region increasingly famous for its Pinot Noir, make sure you take a raincoat and pack an umbrella! March tends to be Queenstown's wettest month of the year.

There are not only wineries in each of the above regions to enjoy, many also play host to annual festivals. These often include food stalls selling locally-grown produce, seasonal specialties and home-baked goods. It's a great month for visiting local farmers' markets too. Look out for:

New Zealand Events

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Weather By Month

Our overview of New Zealand's typical weather by month can help you plan your holiday, unmissable highlights for the month (e.g. events and festivals), sightseeing and activities and even your packing. But do be warned – these are not weather forecasts, so expect some of the unexpected during your stay!

Spring WeatherSummer WeatherAutumn WeatherWinter Weather
SeptemberDecemberMarchJune
OctoberJanuaryAprilJuly
NovemberFebruaryMayAugust

Weather in the Major Centres

Find out: where to expect 'four seasons in one day', where to find New Zealand's semi-tropical regions, which city is the sunniest, where to experience the most rainfall and discover which city is the country's windiest.

North Island Weather and ClimateSouth Island Weather and Climate
AucklandChristchurch
Bay of IslandsQueenstown
Rotorua 
Wellington 

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