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Where to go
The busy ski season has come to an end by the time September rolls around, which means the main roads and local attractions are less crowded, but the majestic mountains that form the backbone of this beautiful country are still snow-capped and picture perfect. In North Island, there’s gorgeous white and black sand beaches, turquoise sea and lakes that are all teeming with new life after the thaw. and in South Island, landscapes full of arresting contrasts and vibrant beauty await.
The west coast of the South Island is perfect for a self-drive trip as the region is a whopping 600 km in length, and there’s a lot to see. It’s home to a rugged natural wilderness of forests, glaciers, rivers and stunning mountain vistas. Don’t miss a visit to the awe-inspiring Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, the world’s most accessible rivers of ice, plunging down through rainforest to almost sea level. The Fox Glacier alone is 13 km in length, fed by four alpine glaciers 2600m into the Southern Alps. There’s a short and easy walk to their base which reveals their sheer enormity; truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Must Visit Spring Locations
- Bay Of Islands - island hop, whale watch, soak up the serene beaches - the choice is yours
- Ninety Mile Beach - explore the endless beach dominated by giant dunes and ancient black sand deposits
- Taupo - relax in or by this giant freshwater lake, or enjoy one of the many hundreds of activities on offer here
- Rotorua - soak up the mix of geothermal wonderland and Maori culture - a unique and must visit location
- Hawkes Bay - enjoy the beaches and wineries, explore the coastal walks and meet the local bird and marine life
- Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers - get up close and personal with New Zealand's giant glaciers
- Milford Sound - serene and otherworldly, there's a good reason everyone talks about the magnificent fiords
- Punakaiki - explore the mystical pancake rocks, blowholes and rugged coastlines
- Arthurs Pass - walk, or drive through the giant snowcapped mountains, the backbone of New Zealand
- Queenstown - the ultimate place to relax and enjoy the mix of serene landscapes and quintessential New Zealand activities
What To Do
There are great opportunities for springtime adventure in New Zealand - you can explore the great outdoors on one of New Zealand’s amazing walks or hire bicycles and take in some of the region’s most impressive cycle trails. maui’s elite range of motorhomes come with bike racks and bike hire is also available as an extra.
If you’re after a more relaxing holiday, picture yourself outside your motorhome with a glass or two of the region’s finest wines, cooking a delicious meal of seasonal produce enjoyed al fresco style as you take in some of the most glorious scenery in the world. Hello spring!
As the snow melts, some seriously impressive whitewater rapids form, with flowing freshwater streams providing the perfect conditions for some of the best fly fishing in the world. Spring is also one of the best times of year to land an impressive kingfish, which swim up higher in the warmer water after spending winter in the depths.
For garden lovers, the season is an incredible time to visit New Zealand. In North Island, take a tour of the Hobbiton movie set which is surrounded by lush grasslands dotted with pretty bluebells, or visit the magnificent Taranaki Rhododendron and Garden Festival. Hawkes Bay also comes alive in spring with colourful blossoms. Christchurch, in the South Island, is known as “the Garden City”, and is home to some of the grandest gardens and parks that New Zealand has to offer.
Welcome To Your Motorhome Experience
One of the best ways to experience spring in New Zealand is by motorhome, giving you the freedom to go where you want when you want. With a flexible itinerary, you’re able to visit more far-flung and remote locations too, without having to battle tourists for available hotel bookings. As maui motorhomes are all fully self-contained, all you’ll need to bring are your travel clothes and essentials - plus a sense of adventure, of course.
Motorhomes come in a range of sizes too, from six-berth models with showers, high quality crockery, apartment-style kitchen and a spacious living area to spend quality time with family and friends, to a two-berth campervan with built-in sink, gas hob, fridge and fully equipped with a range of cooking gear, perfect for a couple’s getaway, or simply to take a journey of self re/discovery.
As spring temperatures in New Zealand range between 19C in the North Island to 16C in the South Island, there’s no need to bring winter clothing either. Brief spring showers are common though, and a light rain jacket will keep the chills away while also allowing you to take in the beauty and majesty of the country’s “waterfall season”.
Top tip; pack layers that allow you to adjust to the conditions and temperature. With a mix of warm sun whilst out during the day, and cooler temperatures in the evenings once the sun has set you'll want to pack a good top layer too, whether that be a light down jacket or soft shell. It's also well worth bringing a good rain jacket and some sturdy footwear (think walking shoes) if you're thinking about getting out and exploring some of the stunning short walks New Zeland is famed for.