Canterbury transforms in the autumn months with stunning colours bursting through the entire region. Here are the TOP 5 Canterbury locations to experience autumn beauty...
Hanmer Springs Forest
If you are looking for Indian Summer made in New Zealand, Hanmer Springs is the perfect place to go to: Beautiful coloured trees, a touch of early snow on the mountains, gorges and rivers - it can't get any better! Make sure to have the camera handy, as photo opportunities are waiting for you around every corner!
Geraldine is an idyllic country town. Surrounded by paddocks with mountain ranges in the background, it's the perfect setting for the ultimate autumn shot. In the middle of the town lies the square with little shops and cute cafés. From Geraldine it's only a short drive to Peel Forest, the home of ancient trees and wildlife.
On the other side of the Port Hills lie Lyttelton, Governors Bay and Diamond Harbour. The drive from Lyttelton to Diamond Harbour around the bays is a great experience in autumn. On one side the green water of the sea, on the other side picturesque little towns and scenic countryside. A break at Orton Bradley Park and a short walk along the creek up to the Big Rock is ideal to take in the beautiful view.
Twizel is the ultimate autumn paradise. Located right in the heart of the high country, the town is offering stunning mountain and lake views. Lake Ruataniwha, Lake Ohau and Twizel River are the perfect photo locations with coloured trees mirroring, deep blue lakes and rivers and a dusting of snow on top of the mountains.
Castle Hill Basin
Every outdoor enthusiast will know Castle Hill very well! The area is on the way to Arthur's Pass and the home of beautiful larch trees and a famous rock formation. With the mountain range in the background, it's the perfect location to take stunning pictures.
Waipara Valley offers the whole autumn package: Good wine and beautiful countryside. Picture-perfect vineyards are embedded in rolling hills surrounded by vast open skies. With this setting taking great pictures is easy.
Ready to go out and explore Canterbury? For more ideas on where to go, check out the Autumn Adventures.