September, October, November
Characterised by flowers in bloom, baby animals, longer days and an abundance of Kiwifruit, spring in New Zealand is an uplifting time. The season can mean unsettled weather – one minute you’re adding layers and a scarf, and the next you’re trying to lay your hands on a t-shirt – but the lush green of new growth that can be seen everywhere makes up for it. This is shoulder season for exploring New Zealand, so you’ll beat the crowds and have most of the country to yourself – it’s a great time to explore on foot. You’re looking at high temperatures around the country that are between 15 and 18 degrees C (59 – 64 F). September’s lively Whitianga Scallop Festival, held in the coastal paradise that is the Coromandel Peninsula, is a must for lovers of seafood. A mouth-watering celebration of the start of the scallop season, it’s the perfect place to devour the succulent, sweet scallops that this region is known for. Wellington’s World of Wearable Art festival also takes place during spring – this celebration of colour, creativity, and theatre is not to be missed for those that love drama and world-class design.