After winter, spring brings a season of milder temperatures and a burst of growth as orchards and gardens blossom. It's a good time to get out and about, and experience New Zealand's prolific wildlife as the forest fills with birdsong and colonies of marine life - such as penguins and seals - come ashore to nurture their young.
The sun shines on numerous garden festivals including the Taranaki Garden Spectacular, and the traditional blossom festivals in the fruit-bowl regions of Hastings and Alexandra.
For seafood lovers, the Kaikoura Seafest, on the South Island’s eastern coast, showcases the region's amazing bounty. Wine lovers are not forgotten, with the acclaimed Toast Martinborough event bringing together top local wineries just outside of the capital for a celebration of the year’s vintage.
New life abounds, making wildlife and walking experiences ‘must-do’ activities. Spring is also when the natural waterways are at their best for hurtling downstream in a jet boat, white water rafting or taking things at a more sedate pace.
As New Zealand bursts into spring colour, an event-filled calendar and the impending forecast of a long hot summer promises to banish winter blues.
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