With diverse and stunning natural scenery, many opportunities for outdoor activities and extreme sports, rich indigenous culture, and excellent wine routes, New Zealand has something to offer to every traveler. The best season to visit New Zealand is spring, and here are 5 reasons why:
Balmy Spring Weather = Excellent Conditions for Outdoor Activities
Take advantage of Spring in New Zealand and enjoy the country's wonderful moderate climate while trying out some of the great extreme sports and exciting outdoor activities on offer. New Zealand has a rich outdoor culture, offering fishing, kayaking, boating, sailing, hiking, mountain climbing, walking, river rafting, and many more outdoor activities set in beautiful natural locations - All easily enjoyed with the help of a motorhome rental in New Zealand
. Melting mountain ice in spring creates swollen rivers and great conditions for white river rafting, and the warmer temperatures make hiking more pleasant.
Get immersed in New Zealand's exquisite natural beauty on the Queen Charlotte Track, a 70 km walking track along the top of New Zealand's South Island. The landscape is varied and the views are stunning, and the route takes around 4 days and 3 nights to complete. If you're feeling particularly daring, you can even go skydiving or bungee jumping!
Skip Peak Tourist Season
Most tourists visit New Zealand in the middle of summer, so spring is really the best season to visit New Zealand if you want to avoid crowds and peak tourist season prices. With all the money you can save booking a vacation in New Zealand this spring, why not reserve a convertible car rental
and enjoy the fabulous weather in style? Spring in New Zealand is an especially great season for a honeymoon - isolated beaches, quiet restaurants, and exclusive access to the thermal springs and health spas make for quite a romantic vacation!
If you're planning on visiting New Zealand's very own Hobbiton as part of your trip, then spring is definitely the best time, as the flowers will be out and the tourists will be few. The Shire is guaranteed to feel more authentic when you can explore at your leisure, without having to queue or risk photobombs as you soak up the magic of Tolkien's world and the beautiful natural scenery of New Zealand.
Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours
The mild temperatures and warm sunshine make spring in New Zealand the perfect time to explore the country's wine regions. New Zealand is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, a unique and exuberant white wine that captures the country's zest for life with a pungent tropical fruit aroma and a crisp, fresh taste. Revel in New Zealand's outdoor culture and book yourself a few wine-tasting tours - there are many wine farms to choose from, and most of them are set in exquisitely beautiful locations.
The best way to explore the wine farms is with a car rental in New Zealand
and by slowing the pace of your vacation to spend an entire day visiting all the farms in one region. Have brunch or lunch at one farm, taste some wine at the next, enjoy coffee at another. Walking through the vineyards is also highly recommended.
An Explosion of Nature - Birds, Animals, and Flowers!
Nature lovers, take note: spring is by far the best season to Visit New Zealand for appreciating the diverse flora and fauna of the islands. The country's high rainfall and many hours of sunshine have created a fascinating diversity of plants and animals, with over 80% being indigenous to the islands. Explore New Zealand's ancient native evergreen forests, delight in the splashes of color that spring blooms add to the hills, and see if you can spot some of the native birds as you walk along hiking trails. The celebrated kiwi bird is endangered so it's not easy to spot in the wild, but you can visit kiwi houses that are found on both North and South islands.
You can also go whale watching, as New Zealand has a resident population of sperm whales and the rare Hector's Dolphin frequents the waters surrounding both islands.
Fire and Ice: Discover Snowy peaks and Thermal Pools
Due to New Zealand's amazingly varied landscape, it's possible to travel into the mountains for a few days of skiing, even in spring. Enjoy warmer weather and pristine slopes when you visit in spring, as well as fantastic views from the mountain tops. Head to Mt. Hutt (1 ½ hour drive from Christchurch
) for skiing well into October, or choose one of the other numerous skiing areas dotted across the country.
There are also many thermal pools to enjoy, and fantastic health spas for a relaxing break from everyday life. A visit to Rotorua is a must for its geothermal wonders and rich Maori culture. Indulge your skin at the world's biggest mud volcano at Hell's Gate, or soak yourself in a sulfur spa before washing off in a spring-fed waterfall.
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