Auckland's climate is temperate though changeable because of its coastal position. The summer months between December and March are warm and humid, averaging 24°C (75°F), while it is cool but not freezing in winter, averaging 16°C (61°F).
The annual Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta (tel. 0800/734-2882; www.regatta.org.nz) attracts local and international entrants on the last Monday in January. Held in Windsor Reserve in late February, the Devonport Food & Wine Festival (tel. 09/446-0688 or 445-3011; www.devonportwinefestival.co.nz) offers nonstop entertainment, samples from 20 wineries, and food galore. Jazz, classical music, and opera play a part. The biennial Auckland Festival (tel. 09/309-0101; www.aucklandfestival.co.nz), a premier arts-and-cultural event held in the last week of September in odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, etc.), celebrates Auckland's distinct characteristics -- especially its Pacific style. New Zealand Fashion Week, held in October, presents over 60 New Zealand designers to the world. International buyers and media arrive to check out fashion that is rapidly becoming a "must-see" on the global fashion map; visit www.nzfashionweek.com for details. The fun Round the Bays Run (tel. 09/300-6200; www.roundthebays.co.nz), held in late March, attracts runners from around the South Pacific who participate in the 8km (5-mile) run around the central bays. It ends with a barbecue in one of the city's parks. The Royal Easter Show (tel. 09/638-9969; www.royaleastershow.co.nz), held at the Epsom Showgrounds, focuses on excellence in agriculture and animal husbandry, with fresh produce stalls and the biggest carnival in New Zealand.
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