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!


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 AkorońĀ 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.

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