1. Lake Tekapo
Tekapo is so magically beautiful that it doesn’t even look real! By late spring the lupins flower, and with the backdrop of the Southern Alps and the super blue lake, it is a photographer’s dream. The night’s sky here is perfect for stargazing. Read more on that here: 5 Stargazing Site in New Zealand.
The only canopy tour in New Zealand’s native forest is here in Rotorua. When new vegetation starts appearing is the best time to swing and zipline through the forest. What’s more, if it’s still a little chilly, warm up in one of the many geothermal hot pools in the area.
The blossoming Hamilton Gardens are best seen in spring. Stroll through 5 country-themed displays of what have been award-winning gardens! For more things to do in Hamilton, check out Hamilton – Guide for Backpackers
Looking for spring festivals? With some of the best dolphin swimming and whale watching, it comes to no surprise that Kaikoura has a Seafest. Try some of that famous crayfish in the cuisine tent. There are live music acts playing on a stage shaped like a ship throughout the 2-day festival in October. Festival-goers are commonly known to dress up as fish (amongst other fancy dress).
Getting the snowmelt from the Southern Alps, now is the time to ride the rapids on the Rangitata River, Canterbury. This is New Zealand’s only full-time grade 5 river. Find out more at 7 Places to go White Water Rafting in New Zealand.