From an impressive explosion of flowers to frolicking baby lambs and amazing birdlife, here’s a list of most memorable New Zealand spring experiences.
1. Bloomin' awesome!
One spring's most spectacular displays is the flowering purple lupins on the shores of turquoiseLake Tekapo. Further south, the mountain-fringed fruit bowl ofCentral Otagocovers itself in a chaos of pink and white blossoms.
It’s also hatching season for New Zealand's flightless icon, with the first kiwis emerging from mid-September. Book a tour atRainbow SpringsinRotoruato marvel at how humans help hatch and raise these precious chicks.
In Auckland, visit the west coast beach ofMuriwaito see the impressive gannet colony that nests in the region from August to March each year.
3. Celebrate Hobbit Day
Celebrate Bilbo and Frodo Baggins' birthday (22 September) by visiting their home at Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. Charming bluebells and daffodils are in full flower at this time of the year, making the visit even more special.
4. Get adventurous
In the South Island the mountain snow melt, fills the rivers with epic rapids, making it a great time of the year forrafting.The Rangitata Riverin Canterbury is ideal for this adventure.