As summer draws to an end in New Zealand it is time to look at what the autumn has to offer, and why this is a good time to visit the “land downunder”.
One of the best reasons, to travel in the Fall is the savings offered on air, hotel and sightseeing by the different tour companies in an effort to attract visitors. Other good reasons to visit New Zealand in the autumn is that the weather is not too hot for getting around, the countryside is ablaze with colors, autumn is harvest time when the vineyards and farmers markets will be brimming with delicious produce, the wineries open to the public for ‘tastings of the year’s vintage’, and festivals and fairs are held in every town or city across the country.
The weather in Autumn is still warm enough for swimming or for enjoying the different water-related activities, and the children have gone back leaving the wide open spaces for visitors to enjoy.
What is there to do on these beautiful autumn.
1. Exploring the “Classic New Zealand Wine Trail” is an enjoyable way to really see what the country is all about. Distances between vineyards and farmlands are not very great, sometimes they are in the same place, the food and wine are outstanding and vary depending on the region of the country and there are many fairs and festivals to attend.
2. The “Hokitika Wildfoods Festival” takes place in March on the South Islands West Coast. This is a unique festival that mixes local and wild delicacies of New Zealand which are not easily found elsewhere. Among the most unusual is the ‘garlic ice cream, mountain oysters and garden snails and grubs, which.has made this festival not only famous but fun.
3. The Mussell festival takes places in March in Havelock, Marlborough and the Oyster Food Festival marks the start of the Oyster season on May 21 in the salty seaside town of Bluff.
Food and wine are not the only festivals to be enjoyed during the autumn, there are many art and cultural festivals held the months of March, April and May. One of the most exciting is the Balloons over Wanaka which is usually held in March. This is when magnificant colorful hot air baloons take to the skies for 5 days of fun and competition, ending with a spectacular show of music and fireworks.
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