the beauty of autumn leaves…

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17/04/2011 by Sarah Ritchie

Arrowtown autumn leaves

Hands down there is no more stunning place to be in autumn – in all of New Zealand – than in the Otago towns of Wanaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown.

Autumnal days are crisp and clear, and the trees put on the most magnificent display of shimmering colour. The mid-1800s saw the planting of numerous English varieties such as Oaks, Sycamores, Cork Elms and Ashes. Set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps and vast tracts of farmland, every turn in the road is like a new painting.

Visitors to New Zealand should all receive a travel advisory to stay here for at least one year. That way we could present the best of each season as a visual extravaganza. Sarah’s picks for the ultimate seasonal destinations that New Zealand has to offer are:

Autumn (Fall): Otago (those gorgeous autumn leaves)
Winter: Queenstown (Lord of the Rings snow-covered mountains and world-class ski fields)
Spring: Christchurch (The Garden City…make sure you visit when the earth isn’t shaking)
Summer: Far North and Bay of Islands (cloudless skies, white sands, clear waters, and not a single traffic light for at least an hour’s drive!)

OK Kiwis, if you don’t agree, what destinations would top your seasonal best list?!

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