Autumn in New Zealand

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Written by mighway

There is plenty to love about autumn in New Zealand, and from March to May the season is in full swing. You’ll see a colourful dusting of leaves on the streets, ranging from vibrant oranges to reds and browns. The air is refreshing at around 15-20 degrees, but there is still plenty of sunshine hours for you to enjoy. Autumn is also the perfect time for campervan hire in New Zealand, as the roads are quieter and there is a great selection of campgrounds to choose from.

Here are some of our favourite destinations to visit during autumn in New Zealand:

Hawke’s Bay

We can’t think of one New Zealand destination that isn’t spectacular year-round, but autumn truly looks good on Hawke’s Bay. Hire a campervan in New Zealand and visit the regions top wineries, indulge at delicious eateries, and enjoy the views of the rolling hills. There are so many incredible sights to see, and Hawke’s Bay is the perfect holiday destination, year-round.

Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Te Mata Peak, Hawke’s Bay


Not only is Wanaka a sight for sore eyes during autumn, but it is also a great time of year to enjoy the hiking trails and mountain biking.

Roys Peak is one of the South Island’s more popular day hikes. Climb through alpine meadows and tussock grasslands, and witness the breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, Lake Wānaka and Mount Aspiring.

Roys Peak, New Zealand
Roys Peak, Wanaka

Mackenzie Region

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Mackenzie Region; in fact here are 52 reasons why. Year-round, travellers visit to experience the dramatic landscapes, alpine wilderness, hiking, walking, glaciers and more! The Mackenzie Region has it all, and it’s a great destination for your autumn travels.

Mount Cook, Aoraki
Mount Cook


Last on our stop is Marlborough. Home to incredible sights, walking tracks and known as the top-wine making region in New Zealand, you definitely won’t be short on adventure here. Marlborough has some of the greatest walks in New Zealand, and right at your finger tips.

A popular walk is the Queen Charlotte Track, which stretches for 71 km between Queen Charlotte Sound and Kenepuru Sound. It is the perfect walk for the autumn months, as the track is less crowded.

So, what are you waiting for? Hire a campervan, pack up and head on an autumn adventure in New Zealand.

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