Top 5 New Zealand Autumn Escapes

New Zealand is certainly renowned as summertime paradise and snowy winter wonderland, but Autumn can be a golden time in the year to explore New Zealand’s natural treasures. Whether it be leisure or adventure you are after, here are our top 5 Autumn escapes:

1. Cycling in Arrowtown

The prettiest jewel in the South Island’s crown - historically renowned for gold mining, Arrowtown really lives up to its reputation in Autumn when its lush leaves turn to gold. Arrowtown is also surrounded by beautiful cycling trails to suit all abilities, including the Queenstown Trail and the popular Lake Hayes Loop leads through Millbrook Resort. Whether you want to explore the town’s gold mining roots or are seeking a high octane experience, hire a bike and head off for an hour or a day.

50a05968a129b_2053_img7163-webCycle in amongst the colours of Autumn with the family on trails to suit all fitness levels. Credit:  Georgie's Getaway. 

2. Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown

Offset those chilly Autumn temperatures with a soothing hot pool plunge while taking in breathtaking alpine scenery. Onsen Hot Pools is located high on a cliffside overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon. Be it rain, shine or snow Onsen Hot Pools are temperature regulated depending on the weather to be hot and steamy, warm and sheltered or cool and shady and simply magical in the evenings.

onsen-hot-pools-new-zealand-1Perfect for that romantic night out, at any point of the day. Credit: Onsen Hot Pools website 

3. Zealandia Eco-sanctuary in Wellington

Explore ZEALANDIA the world’s first groundbreaking fully-fenced urban Eco-Sanctuary. Set around a picturesque reservoir and is home to some of New Zealand's most rare and extraordinary wildlife. The perfect activity for the whole family, enjoy the sights and sounds of native New Zealand with tours on offer for day, night or twilight.

Tui-Chris-HelliwellZealandia is responsible for the rise of native birds found in Wellington, NZ. Credit: Zealandia

4. Cape Kidnappers Luxury Golf Course in Hawkes Bay

Revered for its stunning sea views and dramatic cliff-top ridges, the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is a must-see for golf enthusiasts. The Tom Doak designed course is dubbed the best golf resort in Australasia, according to Golf Digest and ranked as one of the top 10 golf courses in the world. The accompanying Farm at Cape Kidnappers also offers spectacular luxury lodging surrounded by wineries and wildlife. 

4373-Cape-Kidnappers-Hawkes-Bay-Miles-HoldenCredit: Cape Kidnappers Golf Course 

5. Winery weekend on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is called the ‘Island of Wine’ for good reason - its abundant with charming vineyards set amongst glorious landscapes. Championed for its Cabernet blends, Waiheke offers world class wining and dining as well as wilder outdoor adventures. After a quick 40 minute ferry ride over Hauraki Gulf from Auckland city, be awed by the panoramic views at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant, luxuriate in the outdoor lounge setting at Cable Bay or get the VIP experience at the picturesque Stonyridge Wines. 


The Mudbrick Vineyard restaurant is nestled amongst a glorious garden with stunning sea views. Sourced from:

We'll introduce you to a few other fabulous Autumn activities in a future Travel Journal stories. But for now, how about contacting our luxury travel team - let's start planning your New Zealand holiday!

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