Spring in New Zealand unfurls like the country’s iconic koru - the spiraling fern frond. Shaking off its winter coat to reveal lush greens, crystal sharp blues and snow-capped mountains, the country revels in the warming temperatures and lengthening days.
Kiwis will head outdoors to make the most of this vibrant time of year. The country feels fresh and ready for new adventures. The national events calendar is packed with a variety of experiences to tempt the curious visitor.
The acclaimed World of WearableArt Awards show in Wellington is an international art and culture event not to be missed for its creativity and spectacle. The sun shines on numerous garden festivals including the Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival, and the traditional blossom festivals in the fruit-bowl regions of Hastings and Alexandra.
For seafood lovers, the Kaikoura Seafest, on the South Island’s eastern coast, showcases the region's amazing bounty. Wine lovers are not forgotten, with the acclaimed Toast Martinborough event bringing together top local wineries just outside of the capital for a celebration of the year’s vintage.
New life abounds, making wildlife and walking experiences ‘must-do’ activities. Spring is also when the natural waterways are at their best for hurtling downstream in a jet boat, white water rafting or taking things at a more sedate pace.
Skiing in New Zealand lasts into spring extending the season for the seriously keen, and providing breathtaking colour contrasts for photographers. Whether it is feeling rejuvenated by a canyon swing or regenerated by a relaxing lodge stay, New Zealand’s spring offers a diverse range of activities and events for holidaymakers.
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