From an impressive explosion of flowers to frolicking baby lambs and amazing birdlife, here’s a list of most memorable New Zealand spring experiences.
Come spring, New Zealand’s landscape transforms into an explosion of colours and blossoms.
One of the most popular sights is the flowering purple lupins on the shores of turquoise Lake Tekapo, with the Southern Alps as backdrop. Further south, the mountain-fringed fruit bowl of Central Otago covers itself in a chaos of pink and white blossoms.
In the North Island, the themed Hamilton Gardens – just an hour’s drive from central Auckland – are in full bloom come September. New Plymouth’s central Pukekura Park and Pukeiti are iconic for their rhododendron displays, the latter featuring more than 2,000 varieties. The Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular held in November is a dream for horticulture enthusiasts.
Spring is a great time to experience New Zealand’s birdlife. A short drive from Auckland, The Coromandel peninsula is an iconic birding destination with godwits (kuaka) arriving from as far afield as Siberia and Alaska to the Miranda Shorebird Centre.
It’s also hatching season for New Zealand's flightless icon, with the first kiwis emerging from mid-September. Book a tour at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua to marvel at how humans help hatch and raise these precious chicks.
If getting wet is not your thing, spring is also the time to get into hiking or kayaking to explore New Zealand’s pristine wilderness areas. It’s ‘waterfall season’; enjoy the best of them with a hike in Auckland’s Waitakere Ranges or kayaking trip in Milford Sound.