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Spring (September-November)

Spring is the time of fresh color, most signified by the bright yellow kowhai trees that burst into flowers. Citrus fruits mature ready for harvest and New Zealand's famous gardens bloom ready for a series of festivals.

Up on the mountains, skiers still enjoy spring snow conditions basking in the rays on the slopes, while summer sports enthusiasts prepare their kayask, yachts and windsurfers for activity again. As the days become warmer, people start appearing on beaches and on yachts in the harbours.

Summer (December-February)

Summer is a time of clear blue skies and warm temperatures. Days are long, with up to 15 hours of daylight, allowing plenty of time for relaxing and sightseeing. City cafes spill over to the pavements, summer festivals fill parks and wherever possible life is enjoyed al fresco.

It's a perfect time for visiting beaches and lakes and for walks in the forests and highcountry. If you're a beach lover, don't miss the stunning Bay of Islands in the far north of the country, anywhere along the North Island's Pacific Coast Highway or the famous golden sands of the Nelson beaches at the top of the SouthIsland.

Look out for New Zealand's Christmas tree, the brilliant red pohutukawa, the Mt. Cook lily and wild lupins bursting into color along the southern highways. You can also enjoy the free Christimas carol concerts in most of the city centres over December.

Autumn (March-May)

The burnished hues of autumn mark mild, calm, golden days, still warm enough for most summer activities. As the days shorten, the nights become frostier and evening activities turn inwards, or the outside cafes scene continues with cosy burners.

In the souther part of the South Island, especially around Queenstown, the whole countryside burns golden with the onset of autumn. It is the time of harvest, as the vineyards and orchards are stripped of their bounty.

Winter (June-August)

Winter is a specular time to visit. The top half of the North Island rarely dips below ten degrees in winter, while the lower South Island is the place to be for a true alpine experience. There's much more to do in winter besides ski or snowboard, with some attractions at their best. Whale watching excursions have a 98 percent success rate in the winter months and over on the west coast of the South Island. It's the driest time of year to visit the awesome glaciers.



Horse Trekking

New Zealand's international reputation for horse bredding extends to horses ideal for trekking - operators can provide a selection of horses varying in temperament and size for a range of rider abilities. All tack, inclulding hard hats, is provided and trekking package also include the necessary, camping equipment. Holiday lodges and farmstays often offer visitors horse riding. Getting into the saddle is one of the best ways to get closer to nature and appreciate the pace and feel of the New Zealand countryside.

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Inland, New Zealand's crystal clear waters, uncrowded rivers and lakes offer exciting opportunities for trout fishing - trophy sized browns and rainbows are legendary. New Zealand is a wild trout fishery and a "catch and release" approach is promoted to conserve resources.

New Zealand was put on the big-game fishing map since the 1920s. Ecellent salt-water game can be found off the East Coast of the North Island as far south as Whakatane. Catches include tuna, blue and striped marlin, yellowtail kingfish and shark.

Jet Boating

Jet boating is suitatble for all ages and can be enjoyed the whole year round. A New Zealand invention, the jet boat was developed in the 1960s to allow navigation of the shallow Canterbury rivers. However, enterprising New Zealanders soon realised its potential as an adventure activity.

Some of the most exhilarating jet boat trips are available near Queenstown and Canterbury. Other areas incllude rivers in the South Island's Buller and Makarora regions; and in the North Island, on the Rangitaiki River, the Whanganui River and teh Waikato River belwo the Huka Falls.

Trips that combine jet boating with helicopter, rafting and adventure tours are also popular.


From beautiful limestone formations to deep carving systems, New Zealand has underground adventures for all interests. Spelunkers (or cavers) claim New Zealand has some of the most challenging carving systems in the world, and each summer they are attracted t our best areas from around the world.

In the North Island the best known area is near Waitomo in the central region. The famous Waitomo Caves offer an easily accessible cave attraction for visitors who want to look at limestone formations and glow-worms.

Hot Air Ballooning

For a touch of romantic adventure, try a peaceful flight in a hot air ballon. From the first preparations of inflating the balloon to touchdown, the pleasure of this ancient sport will delight your senses. Once you're up in the air, you can simply relax and enjoy a bird's eye view of the surrounding scenery as your balloon follows the breeze.



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