Spring in New Zealand

Learn about seasonal travel to New Zealand during September, October and November

From the best of sport and culture, fine food and wine, a million daffodils and kiwi chicks, spring is an ideal time to experience New Zealand’s diverse landscapes, wildlife and attractions. Walking trails are still quiet but there are a few places that come into their element in spring such as Christchurch with its gardens ignited by colorful flowers and Dunedin when the rhododendron are in bloom.

Top 10 Reasons to Visit New Zealand in Spring:

  1. Relaxed Travel - less crowded attractions and landscapes, easier to travel between towns.
  2. Climate - milder temperatures and longer days mean more time to enjoy the great New Zealand outdoors.
  3. Lamb - New Zealand is known for its number of sheep and spring is when the paddocks are bursting with baby lambs.
  4. Seasonal Landscapes – on the South Island, mountain-fringed Central Otago is covered in pink and white blossoms. On the North Island, native kowhai trees burst into their golden yellow blooms attracting nectar-eating native birds. Both Alexandra in Central Otago and Hastings in Hawkes Bay also celebrate spring with a blossom festival.
  5. Wine Country - taste the local flavors among budding vines in one of the many wine regions such as Central Otago, Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Waiheke Island.
  6. Birds - this is Kiwi hatching season at Rainbow Springs Nature Park Kiwi Encounter in Rotorua and a great time to see rare baby kiwi chicks. September to November is also when albatross are arriving for breeding season in the Otago peninsula (the world’s only mainland breeding albatross colony).
  7. Spring Events - the World of Wearable Art festival is on, plus a variety of New Zealand’s favorite food and wine events in various regions including Hawkes Bay Food & Wine Classic, Toast Martinborough and the Coromandel Scallop Festival.
  8. Adventure - to experience the best white water rafting on one of New Zealand’s rivers, this is the time when melting spring snow makes water levels excitingly high.
  9. Hiking - with more daylight hours, Alpine flowers in bloom (usually October to December) as well as less crowded walking tracks, spring is a great time to explore some of New Zealand’s great single or multi day walks such as the Hollyford Track from October onwards.
  10. Fishing - anglers can enjoy the chance of a lifetime to fish on water holding the purest strain of brown trout in the world from October onwards. In many regions, the chance of a trophy Brown Trout is best in the first month of the season!

Spring Weather in New Zealand:

Spring weather can range from cold and frosty to warm and hot. During spring buds, blossoms and new growth are appearing throughout the country.

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