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Autumn is one of the best times to explore New Zealand as the incredible landscape bursts with red and gold shades.

It really is something spectacular – and why photographers and bloggers from the around the world choose Autumn to travel here. Autumn is known for its relatively mild weather in New Zealand and you are still in for many a blue sky, albeit sometimes crisp mornings. The South Island, in particular, is spectacular  – with the beautiful hillsides lighting up in a sea of autumn colours against impossible blue skies. "Leaf peeping" as true nature lovers like to call it, or leaf crunching is something not to be missed on the many walks during your Kiwi Experience (my inner child still loves that sound!).

lake wanaka new zealand with kiwi experience

Winter isn’t here yet, but you can certainly spot snow on the mountain peaks - adding to the visual feast. It is certainly cooler than the heat of summer, so make sure to pack for cooler weather for sure – but remember your togs, it’s still warm enough to swim in most places around New Zealand. Autumn is a very settled season – with not too many surprises on the weather front – but surprises waiting for you at every turn on board your Kiwi Experience! 

Many a wise traveller chooses Autumn to explore New Zealand as the tourist hot spots are quieter than the peak of summer. This results in fewer queues and you can really take your time to soak in our beautiful country and get that perfect Instagram picture. 

On the Kiwi Experience route, autumn makes the untouched beauty, blue water and clear skies of Lake Tekapo all the more beautiful. Wanaka and Queenstown are musts for spectacular autumn colours – as is the beloved Christchurch! Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins particularly along Wellingtons coast Our must do’s include the Tongariro Crossing, soak in the warm water at Hot Water Beach, explore the underground caves of Waitomo and throw yourself out of a plane or bungy as you go. The cooler weather shouldn’t dampen your adventurous spirit! 

kiwi experience bus in autumn

Want to catch it all while the colours are still firey? Fall into an adventure with our Mighty Moa pass. Designed to make the most of autumn, winter or spring in New Zealand for an extra low price, you just need to start travelling before 31 December to use the pass. The Mighty Moa lets you start and finish your trip anywhere on our route, ideal for a little extra time to enjoy the sweet spring flowers and the snowy-peaked Southern Alps!

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