October and November are fantastic months to enjoy alpine blooms such as daisy/tikumu and the Mount Cook buttercup/kōpukupuku, the world’s biggest buttercup.
Spring is an important time for our native species. Nesting birds, their eggs and offspring are particularly vulnerable to dogs, human disturbance and 4WD vehicles. Take particular care in riverbeds and coastal areas.
With so many places to choose from, we’ve picked some of the best spring experiences across Aotearoa including walks and bik rides, places to enjoy nature and heritage, and places to stay.
For those of us unable to get outdoors, here are some activities you can do at home to let nature in and strengthen your wellbeing: Let nature in.
Spring weather changes fast. Check the forecast before you go, and always pack for bad weather just in case. Watch for snow and ice underfoot, and be extra vigilant in avalanche-prone areas or on trips that involve river crossings.
The five essential steps for staying safe:
Visit the following pages to make the most of your time in nature and keep yourself safe. It’s also a good idea to contact or visit one of our visitor centres before you head out.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.