Vacations are all about good timing and this is doubly true for New Zealand’s spring blossoms. Travelers visiting South Island in springtime can enjoy the region’s plentiful flora, but it is essential to get the timing right. While early- to mid-September is an ideal window to view cherry blossoms in Christchurch, October is best for magnolias, rhododendrons, and azaleas in Queenstown and Alexandra. On Lake Tekapo, lupins bloom in the late spring, fringing the ice blue lake and the Southern Alps in the background. Snow on the mountain peaks begin to melt in spring, filling the rivers to produce challenging rapids for intrepid outdoor enthusiasts. Wake up to a view of the South Island in bloom at one of these coastal accommodations in spring.