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Old 01-02-2012, 02:15 PM
ChrisJ ChrisJ is offline
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August September is the end of winter in NZ & the beginning of Spring, & only a few places like Mt Hutt & the Tasman Glacier are open until the end of October. April would be a fantastic time to visit. Fall colors in the South Island, not excessively rainy or snowy, & mild days & cool to cold nights. The lupins in the South Island around Mt Cook are nice in Spring.

Some must sees:

Milford Sound, Mt Cook, Queenstown, Franz Joseph Glacier (get a return scenic flight up) Queen Marlborough Sound to Picton from Wellington, Rotorua, & White Island if time. Not sure if Akaroa has recovered from the Christchurch quake? Cape Reinga & Bay of Islands were also nice.