Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie Country
While Lake Tekapo is always a true beaut, it’s during the autumn season that it becomes a picturesque scene that rivals no other. Trees turn a golden hue – a stark contrast to the bright turquoise waters. The lake itself might be the main draw, but the entire Mackenzie Country is a stunning nature retreat from March to May.
If you’re driving back towards Christchurch after exploring Mackenzie Country, make a detour to Kings Truffles in North Canterbury for an afternoon of truffle foraging. It’s just under an hour’s drive from the city where you’ll be whiling away your afternoon at one of the largest truffle-growing operations in New Zealand, with a specially-trained dog by your side. Since their noses are perfectly attuned to the earthy scent of fresh truffles, these truffle-hunting hounds will be sniffing out the freshest truffles for you to savour.