Loving Summer in Lower South New Zealand

Welcome to Summer in Lower South – where the welcomes are warm, the weather is mild and the ice cream is cold!  In this edition of Lower South New Zealand News we’ve gathered some sweet reasons to head south from Queensland for summer – so read on!

Try these Lower South treats this summer!

Visit NZ’s third largest island

The untouched coastline and golden beaches make Stewart Island/Rakiura a natural refuge for marine and birdlife giving Real Journeys the perfect opportunity to play host to experiences that encompass the islands rich history and environmental values. Find out more.

Kayaking adventures with nature

Explore Otago’s renowned marine wildlife with Eden Wildlife Cruises & Sea kayaking tours. Spot little Blue Penguins, seals, sea lions, and a remarkable variety of sea birds including – Find out more.

Summer Spin Cycle.

Gorge-ous cycling adventures. 

It’s 150-kilometres of epic landscape that takes along the former railway route between Middlemarch and Clyde. But you don’t have to tackle it all! Break the journey with wineries, cafes and hotel pit stops along the way. Find out more.

Toot, toot.

Jaw-dropping views

Hop aboard a Dunedin Railways for the Taieri Gorge or Waitati Seasider excursions, both of which offer jaw-dropping views and an in-depth appreciation of the diverse terrain in and around greater Dunedin. Find out more.

Meet the birds

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony provides you with an opportunity to see little penguins in their natural environment. During summer the penguins arrive home from the sea just after sunset and evening viewing begins at 8.30 pm.Find out more.

Summer Events

Summer Events

Whether you’re into food, craft beer or nature, spring is a great time to experience the best festivals.

Dunedin craft beer & food festival (8-9 November).

Crombie & Price Victorian Garden Party (15 November) – Victorian costumes, horse and carriage rides round the garden, Oamaru.

Wanaka’s Beer festival is back on Saturday 7 December , so round up your friends, make amends with your family and get ready.

Cromwell Cherry Festival (29 December) has activities for the whole family, such as cherry pip spitting competitions, to eating cherry cream pie with no hands.

Harbour Street Jazz and Blues Festival (20-23 March 2020). In Oamaru there’s something in the mix for everyone – jazz aficionados and amateurs alike!

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