Spring in New Zealand’s North Island is as variable as a good vacation. Beginning in September and continuing through November, the region’s spring is a transitional season during which the mountains retain their snow and wildflowers bloom on the ground. A day may begin in the open terrain surrounding Tongariro National Park’s active volcanoes and continue into the volcanoes’ snowy peaks by the early afternoon. Ski slopes remain open on Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranki in New Plymouth. Down below, the coastal dunes and shapely headlands blossom with wildflowers. The Tasman Sea has never looked as splendid, framed by wild lupins. Don’t take our word for it. Book a seaside cottage or a beachy cabin for the perfect trip to North Island in its most dynamic season.