If you want to see fields of tulips blooming, lots of little lambs frolicking or an abundance of native birds play, Southland in the spring season is a must for any nature lover. Discover some of our top Southland Spring experiences and enjoy the best moments that mother natural in all her beauty has to offer.
Spot Hoiho in The Catlins
Observe Yellow Eyed Penguins Hoiho as they come ashore on the 180-million-year-old Petrified Forest at Curio Bay. Yellow Eyed Penguins start preparing the new nest for the season in August with eggs typically laid in early spring. Over spring you will see both parents take turns incubating on the shore at Curio Bay. The South Catlin’s Charitable Trust are usually on site to answer any questions during the breeding season.
Listen to the bird song on Ulva Island
With the snow finally melted, increased food supply and rising temperature, Spring is the ultimate bird spotters dream season. With an increased activity as the birds start mating for the season, keen listeners will be able to hear the mating calls of many of our endangered native New Zealand birds such as the South Island Saddleback, Yellowhead, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin, and Stewart Island Brown Kiwi.
Check out new life on a farm tour
If you love cute new-born lambs, calves, ducklings and chicks, Spring is the ultimate time to book in your farm tour experience. With the lush new spring growth and plenty of happy mothers and new-born will keep you entertained for hours.
Southland tulips in bloom
Each spring the largest tulip farm in the country opens its doors to the public to view more that 30 varieties of vibrant and colourful tulips at the Triflor NZ's open day. This is the one day a year visitor can get up close and personal with the flowers that will later be harvested for their bulbs and exported to the United States and other European countries.
The pride of Invercargill is Queens Park, a magnificent public park in the heart of the city. The park sprawls across 80 hectares of beautifully kept gardens. Highlights of this New Zealand Garden of National Significance include a stunning rose garden, a rhododendron dell, and an azalea garden that all are blooming in spring. While you are here don’t forget to check out the duck pond and see the new season ducklings trailing along behind their mother duck.
Waterfalls in Southland come alive in spring. From east to west, north to south, there are plenty of waterfalls to see. Home to the largest waterfalls in New Zealand – Sutherland Falls (580m) or Browne Falls (836m) (depending on who you believe) and potentially the smallest falls – Niagra Falls, there are options to suit everyone.
Learn to fly fish
Few anglers can resist the lure - clear, clean rivers and streams teeming with trout ribbon the Southland region. Southland is a fishing paradise which attracts anglers from across the globe to its clear running, trout-laden rivers. With many Southland rivers coming into open season, spring is the perfect time to get out on the water with a local guide and hook some of our world renown trout.