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New Zealand in September things to do

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New Zealand

September is for wildlife and birding enthusiasts with spring lambs in paddocks, albatross sitting on nests, and seals tending to newborn pups. The night sky is clearer with Aurora Australis a tendril promise in the sky.

Is it your first time in New Zealand and not sure what to do? Check out nz best things to do and let’s sort out which is the best month to visit to tick off your bucket list holiday activities.

Mt Cook in Hooker Valley with Aurora Australis, New Zealand
Mt Cook in Hooker Valley with Aurora Australis, New Zealand

What is happening in New Zealand in September?

In NZ early spring heralds wildlife bursts of activity and baby lambs frolicking. September and October are peak months for viewing wildlife with new births and a flurry of activity around feeding hungry mouths. Adrenaline adventure tourism has fast flowing white water rafting on offer with the spring melt creating ideal conditions for visitors. Aurora Australis temperamental light show is still around. New Zealand photo opportunities galore. Expect some wintry blasts from the past in a month transitioning to spring. Best time to visit in September is the last week of the month.

  • Whitianga Scallops Festival is seafood bonanza
  • World of Wearable Art (WOW) Award Show (Wellington) unmissable fantasy art dressed up on people.
  • Spring tourist travel deals from accommodation to tours, usually at short notice so be prepared to check regularly. It is unlikely places will be fully booked. Although heading into October (beginning of the peak season check status beforehand)

Walks can be closed due the lambing season. Check on the Department of Conservation website for updates.

Sunrise at Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
Sunrise at Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

Check out New Zealand average temperatures for the month you are planning to visit either the North or South Island. Or anywhere in between. The most reliable weather forecast service is NZ Met Service.

Weather in New Zealand is four seasons in one day. Aotearoa New Zealand is several skinny narrow islands isolated in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Glorious day throughout the year is a promise together with the option of rain throughout the year.

Seasons are the opposite to Europe, United Kingdom, North America (northern hemisphere) creating a great winter escape for our neighbours in the Far East and beyond. Peak season is summer, December to February.

Travel pack information

  • Monthly temperature data is sourced from Monthly | NIWA. For visitors fascinated by climate change data NIWA provides a rich publicly available resource to browse
  • Source The uniqueness of New Zealand plants an excellent school resource handy for visitors to help understand NZ’s unique biodiversity



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