Top 12 Kiwi Spring Activities for International Students to Do
These are the best things to do in New Zealand when the weather starts getting warmer and the flowers start to come back after their winter retreat.
1. See a waterfall
New Zealand’s waterfalls come back to life in Spring after being frozen out in Winter. There are plenty to see with over 250 in the North Island and over 200 in the South Island. Some easily-accessible waterfalls we recommend are: Hunua falls (Auckland), Bridal veil falls (Raglan), Huka falls (Taupo), Waipori falls (Dunedin), and Fantail falls (Haast).
2. Go for a hike
If you are living anywhere in NZ, you are within walking distance of a decent free hike. NZ has nine ‘Great Walks’ across the North and South Islands as well as three world heritage sites - Tongariro National Park, Te Wahipounamu and the Subantarctic Islands. You can choose to go on one of hundreds of walks with a few friends or in a large group tour.
3. Plan a garden visit (botanic gardens)
Flowers in New Zealand make their return as the weather warms. In every major city across the country there is a botanical garden. Going for a walk through the gardens is a great way to de-stress and relax in between study times and to get outside on a nice day.
4. Picnic time
With the winter chill gone make the most of the sun and local produce, lay down a blanket at your nearest park, take some friends and enjoy a fantastic feed outdoors. Or, if you are willing to pay (and are old enough to drink), take a trip to a winery and enjoy food/drink supplied in a beautiful location.
5. Hit the water
The water is warming up! Grab your boards, boats and other water craft so that you can make the most of it. The rough seas/rivers and storms of winter have passed so a sunny day can be spent on the ocean, river or lake in clear weather. Choose to spend your day in comfort and laze by the beach. Or, participate in a water sport and get your adrenaline pumping.
6. Check the blossoms
New Zealand’s blossoms explode into life this season! Make sure you catch the pink and white parade by visiting blossom trees near you. You can find blossom trees across the country, most notably in Waikato, Auckland, Christchurch and Invercargill.
7. Have a cycling/mountain biking trip
NZ has some of the best cycling in the world, weather you prefer pedalling on the road, or down one of the many mountain bike trails across the country. There’s something for people of all abilities and confidence levels.
8. Bungy Jump
Do you dare partake in the ultimate test of your courage? Jumping from a bridge doesn’t sound like fun for most, but for a specific few it’s the ultimate thrill ride. This has been one of New Zealand’s major drawcards since the activity was modernised by A.J. Hackett.
9. Become a nature photographer
After seeing so many incredible sights, hearing so many amazing sounds and experiencing beauty every day, it might be time to invest in a decent camera, so you can document all the things NZ offers. Take photos, record your journey, and take away unforgettable memories that can be replayed and revisited.
10. Find some whales to watch
Whale-watching is a popular activity in spring, when warm, long days maximise visibility and whale spotting time. There’s always something incredible about watching such a massive animal swim and surface around you.
11. Visit movie locations
The Lord of the Rings (Hobbiton, Kaitoke Regional Park), Chronicles of Narnia (Cathedral Cove), The Last Samurai (Mount Taranaki), The Piano (Karekare Beach) and The World’s Fastest Indian (Oreti Beach) – Award winning films with stunning New Zealand locations as the backdrop. We highly recommend taking a trip to at least one of these stunning places.
12. Exams (Oct/Nov) – don’t forget these!
After all your fun in New Zealand’s springtime weather and outdoors, don’t forget to study and pass your college/university exams! Once you are done, then you’ve got most of the summer to rest, recharge and explore. Time spent wisely is time well spent.
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