Make your way through Southland via the scenic southern route - a path that leads you from Dunedin through the Catlins, Invercargill and on to Fiordland.
The route takes you through stunning unspoiled landscape. Travel through ancient forests, historic towns and visit majestic lakes and rivers. Take a trip from the mainland to travel to Stewart Island off the southern coast.
Blooming blossom in the trees and bustle in the University of Otago halls signal the arrival of spring in Dunedin.
The city's public and private gardens are ablaze with color featuring resplendent daffodils and rhododendrons. Celebrations include the Alexandra Blossom Festival, a festive time of wool shearing competitions and fashion parades, dances, arts & crafts and amusement rides plus garden and cycling tours. For more information visit www.blossom.co.nz
Spring is also very evident when touring the Otago Peninsula: new born yellow-eyed penguins, royal albatross chicks and fur seals pups add to the abundant populations of resident wildlife.
It's time to spring down to the south of New Zealand and explore Dunedin!
It's time to experience summer in Southland. Make the most of a Southland summer and travel to our natural unspoilt splendour that claims the hearts and minds of all our visitors.
Summer time ensures the endless beaches and rolling green plains are inviting and simply a touch of paradise.
The height of summer makes for great hiking on Stewart Island's Rakiura Track, North Western or Southern Circuits. Enjoy sea kayaking and view a variety of native bird life on Ulva Island Open Bird Sanctuary. Try your hand at fishing for fresh blue cod or dine out on the abundant seafood that makes Stewart Island so special.
For more information or enquiries visit www.southlandnz.com.
The city of Dunedin and the wider province of Otago offer a great deal in the Autumn. For sheer beauty of landscape, this region is breathtaking with rich autumnal tones full of texture.
If you're tempted by adventure, there are plenty of options such as yachting, windsurfing, water-skiing, jet-boating, rafting, kayaking, jet-skiing, and paragliding.
Temperatures in March, April and May are cooler and range from 63.6F (17C) to 42F (5C).
Occasional glimpses of snow on the ranges surrounding Dunedin city may herald the arrival of winter yet this Southern city is as vibrant as ever.
May sees Capping Week(s) (May 6-22) when 'Gown meets Town' as 'scarfies' or students (so named because of their penchant for wearing the winter accessory) brighten up winter days with their traditional irreverence and outlandish tomfoolery. The University of Otago Graduation parades on May 8, 15 & 22 punctuate the George St traffic with all the regalia and pageantry that accompanies academic ceremony. Continuing the academic theme, booklovers will swoon at the massive Annual Regent Theatre 24 Hour Book Sale is on May 21 & 22.
Refined winter afternoons of tea, scones and cakes with heritage talks and society ladies are the 'Afternoon Teas at the Savoy' on the first Wednesday of every month from 2-4pm a great way to warm away a winter day. Fabulously fresh winter vegetables and hearty rural treats are among a wide selection of fare from the Otago Farmers Market every Saturday morning (rain, hail or shine) at the Dunedin Railway Station.
The ever popular Larnach Castle Annual Mid-Winter Ball held on June 5 sees all the Celtic and early European Settler's fashions of yesteryear reeling and twirling on the Ballroom floor. A true 'highland fling' complete with roaring open fires - not to be missed. The New Zealand International Science Festival from July 3 to July 11 focuses on innovation and sustainability with this year's 'Emerging Technologies' theme. The Cadbury Chocolate Carnival from July 12 to 17 serves up a delicious week of chocolate delights adding to the obvious attractions of the Cadbury World factory tour.
Undaunted by the seasonal southerly chill albatross, sealions, seals and penguins abound on the Otago Peninsula revelling in the beautiful crisp winter conditions absolutely fantastic for wildlife viewing.
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