New Zealand takes a new life form during the spring months. A splash of colour starts to seep in, easing the nation into a pleasant sense of bliss before venturing into summer. Here are 15 photos that perfectly capture this blossoming transition.
Magnolias are among the first flowers to make a dazzling entrance
Cherry trees also brighten up many parks, gardens and urban landscapes across the country
As the native Kowhai trees begin to flourish, the tui birds come out to play
Springtime in Hobbiton is like stepping into a fairy tale garden
Christchurch Botanic Gardens is just one of the places to welcome spring with a blanket of daffodils
Architectural marvels like Dunedin’s Railway Station are enhanced by a bed of flowering blooms
Alpine ranges, especially around Lake Tekapo, are transformed by a collection of wild lupins
Even that lone tree in Wanaka is given a whole new visage
Dandelions start appearing in the most unexpected places
Mystical mountainous areas like Tongariro get their fair share of springtime love too
In spring, the rolling pastures are rife with greenery
And many vineyards are ripe for picking
Spring is New Zealand’s low tourist season, making it ideal for exploring popular destinations like Milford Sound
But travel hotspots like Queenstown are picturesque in every season
Basically, wherever you end up staying, you can marvel at a showcase of vibrant flowerbeds and lush landscapes
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