Autumn is the best time to explore New Zealand's incredible landscapes as they burst to life with red and gold shades.
It really is something spectacular, and why photographers and bloggers from the around the world travel New Zealand throughout Autumn. The temperatures are relatively mild and you are still in for many a blue sky, albeit sometimes beautiful clear, crisp mornings.
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!
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 (your inner child will thank you for it!). Winter isn’t here yet, but you can certainly spot some snow on the mountain peaks, adding to the visual feast.
It is definitely cooler than the heat of summer, so make sure to pack for cooler weather. Don't forget to pack 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!
The tourist hot spots are quieter than the peak of summer which equals fewer queues and a more chilled pace, allowing you to take your time, soak in our beautiful country and get that perfect Instagram picture.
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 only $999 you just need to start travelling before the 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 snowy-peaked Southern Alps and fresh spring flowers!