Why are travellers being told that the best time to see New Zealand is between November and February? This photo was taken in April. The only indication that its Autumn, is by the extra layer of clothes I’m wearing. Travelling New Zealand in Autumn, is the ideal time to visit and here’s why:

Autumn Kaiteriteri

Travelling New Zealand in Autumn – what months?

In March, April and May, the weather is slightly colder, but the weather is very settled and sunny. The sight of golden and red Autumn colours makes self-driving such a pleasure.

Autumn foliage

In Autumn, the roads are peaceful and virtually empty in places. The bike trails throughout New Zealand are fantastic to ride at this time of year. The “Great Taste” cycle trail in Nelson Tasman is a cyclist’s dream and compared to other tourist areas, underpopulated.  Yesterday we rode the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park from Motueka.

Great Taste Cycle Trail Nelson/Tasman

Kaiterteri Mountin Bike Park

It can be challenging with a bit of hill work but but stopping for a ‘breather’ gives you a chance to absorb views like this:

Kaiteriteri Cycle Ride

You probably won’t meet many cyclist at this time of year in Nelson Tasman but where else can you get this all to yourself?

Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park Pam

If it gets heavy going, there’s always a gentle gradient going down. Such bliss. Yeah, it’s all smiles now.

Kaiterteri Mount Bike downhill

In the summer season, the golden beaches of Kaiteriteri are packed with travellers. Nature is now withdrawing her favours but not before a last warm embrace to one it’s citizens.

Kaiteriteri cycle ride return

The next day, another perfect day exploring the Kahurangi National Park. More about that later.

Happy Travelling.

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8 responses to “Travelling New Zealand in Autumn”

  1. Jan Roberts says:

    Pam – couldn’t have said it better. We love autumn, like you say weather much more settled – sure little cooler but sun still shining and hardly any people around so all those “hot spots” you get to enjoy without jostling for the best position. That bike ride looks awesome – well done you, the downhill looked well deserved!

  2. Marc says:

    I love autumn. we have traveled during that time and loved it. Great article and nice pictures.

    • GuestNZ says:

      Thank you for your comments Marc. Although we love the summer buzz of happy travellers, it is very relaxing to travel in our shoulder season as you get a sense of seclusion and there’s more availability for good accommodation. The light is also denser and that’s good news for photographers.

  3. Jane Smith says:

    Looks wonderful – what a stunning Autumn we are having. That tree is an amazing colour. Still in shorts when the sun is out and almost half through the year! Travel well you two, J X

    • GuestNZ says:

      Each Autumn seems to get better every year. It really is a big fav and just when salads are getting quite tedious, it’s a relief to see apples and pears coming onto the market. And of course red wine slots into place very nicely.

  4. Rose Quedley says:

    Hi Pam – it looks fabulous! Totally agree – autumn is a fabulous time to travel – warm days, no crowds and fabulous colours. Spring is equally good – days are warming up, trees and bulbs bursting into life, wee lambs everywhere, not too many people travelling which means no queues and lots of accommodation choices with vacancies!

    • GuestNZ says:

      Actually Rose, you make a very good point about travelling in Spring with the trees plump with blossom.It’s the accommodation choices that are so appealing for both these seasons.

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