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  • Writer's picturePatrick Broadbent


Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Don’t let cooler temperatures and shorter days scare you off ticking things off the must-see list. New Zealand has plenty of jaw-dropping sights to see in Autumn too as our landscape really puts on a show to welcome in the new season. Here’s our picks for the top 5.


A Central Otago hotspot for tourists, Autumn brings out the best in Wanaka colours, with lake side poplar trees turning brilliant shades of orange and yellow this time of year. For those picture perfect moments that look like they’re straight from a postcard, visit Wanaka and get a million dollar snap of your own.


Perhaps New Zealand’s best little Autumnal town, Arrowtown is just over the hill from Wanaka, where the rusty colours of the season, along with the town’s history as a gold mining spot, make for a brilliant backdrop to a cosy holiday.

Lake Tekapo

If you haven’t seen Mt Cook from the shores of Lake Tekapo, have you even really travelled New Zealand? Inspire envy in all your mates overseas, and visit here to get a photo of one of the country’s greatest landscape features. Clear crisp days and snow capped mountains in the background make Autumn a perfect time to visit this epic spot.

Hawke’s Bay

A frequently sunny spot in Summer, Hawke’s Bay is just as charming in Autumn thanks to its beautiful colours, cool crisp mornings and low numbers of out of town visitors. Not to say this place is lacking in energy though – from mid March through to mid April, the vineyards will be buzzing with tireless workers harvesting the grapes for the season.


This Waikato township loves Autumn so much, they even have a celebration for it! Earlier in the year as Easter first strikes the town, the annual Cambridge Autumn Festival brings together music, food and crafts. Find your way there to soak up the change of season amongst other Autumn revelers.

Book your Autumnal trip around the country today, by starting with a Snap Rentals car hire:

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