Spring in the Hurunui
1 September to 30 November
Average temperatures between 7°C and 17°C
Spring is bliss in the Hurunui. The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer and the pretty but cold snap disappears to reveal the region’s bountiful surroundings.
Cheviot kicks off the celebrations with their Spring Daffodil Festival at the beginning of September. Free buses from nearby towns arrive with large bustling crowds, full of people eager to ponder the markets, the Cheviot museum and thousands of spring daffodils in full bloom at the Cheviot Domain.
The renowned walkways and mountain biking tracks thaw their frosty winter covering and welcome everybody eager for a fresh walk in the sun.
And the adventure season begins! It’s the best time of the year for jetboating, kayaking, quad biking and bungee jumping – get in before the seats fill up during the tourist season and you’ll find you have the whole track or river to yourself.
If you’re after a more relaxing spring experience, wander through the Hurunui’s award-winning gardens, while they’re in full bloom, with the Hurunui Garden Tours. Passionate hard-working gardeners showcase the region’s historic and immaculate gardens, while you peruse with wine and even better company.
The largest annual art exhibition in the South Island - Art in a Garden is a regional favourite and opens for four days at the end of October. Featuring contemporary New Zealand artists, in one of the country’s most spectacular gardens, it’s a festive night full of great live entertainment and tasty food too.
In the same week, Christmas arrives early in Waipara with the Christmas Country Fete. A tradition spanning 26 years, it fast grew from a small country affair to a local favourite. Now, it has more stallholders than ever and Fete goer’s arriving from all around the country.
The best way to enjoy spring in the Hurunui is by road tripping the Alpine Pacific Touring Route. We like to say the drive is one of the best in the country, and it gets even more beautiful in Spring.
Must-stops include the stunning natural Cathedral Cliffs, St. Annes Lagoon, the historic Maori rock drawings and Red Post.
Or take in the sights of the region by train on the Weka Pass Railway. The journey is truly something special.
While you’re touring the region, don’t be fooled by the blue sky and sunshine. The final days of the snow-capped peaks surrounding the region require a light jacket and a few layers to mask the slight alpine chill.
See out spring and welcome Summer with a bang in the month of November at the Waiau Community Fireworks.
Save the date!
- Cheviot Spring Festival - September 9
- Waikari Fun Run - September 17
- ARTS Showcase Hurunui - September 15 - 18
- Scargill Flower Show - September 30
- Waiau Hotel Pig Hunt - October 20 – 22
- Cheviot Hills Run and Ride - October 22
- Christmas Country Fete - October 26
- Art in A Garden - October 26 – 29
- Hurunui Garden Tour - October 27
- Village Spring Festival - October 27 - 29
- Art Battle New Zealand - October 28
- Amberley A&P Show - October 28
- Waiau Community Fireworks night - November 4
- The Molesworth Run - November 18