February 2018: Reasons to visit New Zealand in autumn
Visiting New Zealand in autumn is an attractive proposition for your clients who want to avoid the hustle and bustle of peak season. Flight prices start to drop and you can almost take your pick of accommodation.
FIND YOUR INNER PHOTOGRAPHER
The colours that autumn brings are incredible at this time of year, especially in the South Island. Trees turn yellow in autumn, with some orange and red colours too. Many autumn trees can be found next to water (lakes, rivers etc…) and the entire sides of the hills surrounding Arrowtown light up in yellows and oranges, it’s quite a sight to see! Vines across the country take on a golden hue, making a side trip to a wine region even more appealing.
Some of the best places to see autumn colours in the South Island are: Marlborough, Mackenzie Country (Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo), Waitaki, Wanaka and the Cardrona Valley, Arrowtown, Queenstown and Central Otago.
TURN YOUR HEAD TO THE SKY
Stargazing is especially brilliant in autumn because of the bright clear days and still nights. The Mackenzie District with the International Dark Sky Reserve is probably one of the best places to go stargazing, but light pollution in New Zealand is generally low, so wherever your clients are they can expect to spot the stars.
TRY YOUR LUCK AT FISHING
Salt water fishing is exceptional from March to May. Take a local charter boat or dangle a line off the coast. The best places to do this are in Northland or the Bay of Plenty (Tauranga), where you will be able to find commissionable charter products.
GET WILD ON THE WEST COAST
Autumn is the time when the West Coast holds its annual Hokitika Wild Food Festival – a day (and night) filled with live music, entertainment, markets, and as its name suggests - wild food for the tasting. If your clients are looking for something a bit different, this is where you should send them.