Sheep, mountains, wide open spaces… and more sheep. There are about 40 million sheep in New Zealand, and 4 and 1/2 million people. I think that’s a perfect ration, don’t you? This is a shot from Canterbury, New Zealand in the south island on the way to Mt. Sunday, aka, Edoras for Lord of the Rings fans, from May 2010.
My favorite time to travel to New Zealand is in the fall….. their fall, which is spring in the United States… somewhere around the April-May time frame. Remember, New Zealand is is in the southeastern hemisphere so the seasons are flip-flopped if you’re in the States or Canada… or Europe or Asia. The leaves are turning color, there’s a good likelihood of snow in the mountains but you’ll still get warm weather in the north island and plenty of green. This is also the low season, which makes traveling and staying in New Zealand more affordable. The high season would be summer…. their summer, our winter. Dec-Feb will be most expensive.