Spring into Lower South New Zealand

Spring is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors in Lower South New Zealand. From wildlife to wineries, from glacial valleys to star-filled skies, nature’s best flourishes against a palette of dramatic scenes. Spring is the perfect time to try something new – perhaps a gorgeous cycling adventure or scenic Taieri Gorge Rail journey. Scroll down for Spring Events and more reasons to plan your escape now!


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Hurry – penguins will be given to new homes on Wednesday 25 September.
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Wild life in Spring.

Meet the world’s smallest penguin in Spring.  

It is a great time to spot Little Blue Penguins who gather in the largest numbers between September and February. Visit Otago Peninsula’s Akoroā Little Blue Penguin Colony for a sunset tour and unique local experience. Find out more.

Did someone say Albatross?  

See these majestic seabirds with a wingspan of more than three metres.

Visit between September and November to see the world’s only mainland breeding Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, where birds arrive at the headland and build nests. Find out more.

Spring Spin Cycle.

Gorge-ous cycling adventures. 

Spring is a great time to experience the South Island’s Great Otago Trail. Trail journeys has been operating tours on the Rail Trail since 2000. You can choose a single day adventure or extended tours – tailored to your pedal power! Visit Trail Journeys to book a tour, visit Central Otago for more information about cycling in Lower South.

Toot, toot.

Spring Training

Taieri Gorge Railway is a scenic way to travel to Pukerangi and Middlemarch in Central Otago, or return to Dunedin on the same day. This journey will take you into some of New Zealand’s most iconic history and scenery. Passengers will enjoy winding through the gorge, travelling through ten tunnels and across numerous bridges including the famous Wingatui Viaduct – the second largest wrought iron structure in operation in the world.

Spring Events

Spring 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).

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

He Rakiura Challenge (5 October) is a new trail running event to add to your calendar! = New Zealand’s souther-most trail run.

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

New release tasting event (27 October) – Alexandra Basin wine growers will be holding the 11th annual new release wine tasting vent, inviting visitors o sample a large number of newly released wines.

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*Terms and conditions apply. Car rental offer cannot be applied to reservations already made with GO Rentals. Offer will be valid until 1 October 2019. Travel must be taken between 06 November – 12 December 2019. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions including hot deals. Discount can be applied to rental rate only and not towards insurance and other applicable fees.

**Terms and Conditions apply. The prize is a plush toy penguin, no a real one. Five prizes will be given away. The prize will be posted to each winner who is randomly selected from the pool of new Lower South New Zealand Facebook followers and website subscribers between 18/9/19 and 25/9/19.  All winners will be notified by email or Facebook Messenger and have 5 days to reply with a postal address, after that day the prize will be redrawn.  The competition is open to Queensland residents who have a Queensland postal address.

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