Written on Friday, 16 April 2010
Read about and see pictures of autumn foliage at Lake Tekapo and in Fairlie New Zealand in this last fall foliage report for the 2010 autumn season in New Zealand.
I returned home yesterday, but I just wanted to give you one last update on the autumn colours on the South Island I saw while driving and flying back to Wellington.
I left Cromwell pretty early in the morning at 6:20 a.m. to start my drive back to Christchurch and not miss my flight back home.
It was very dark when I left, but the sky was lit up with beautiful stars.
On my way back, I drove the usual route of going through Lindis Pass, then driving onto Omarama, Twizel, and Lake Tekapo.
I’m happy to report that the autumn colours at Lake Tekapo are now on, as you can see from the picture below.
After a brief stop at Lake Tekapo to stretch my legs, I drove on to Fairlie, Geraldine, Ashburton, and then Christchurch.
In the following picture you can see that Fairlie is also lit up in autumn colours.
When flying out of Christchurch, I was surprised to see that the city was not lit up in yellow, something I had expected it to be.
So the only thing I can conclude is that this is not the best autumn season New Zealand has ever experienced. The colours were a bit late to arrive and once they arrived, many trees went from green to brown. Perhaps it’s because of the funny weather conditions we have experienced in the past year.
Enjoy the autumn colours if you’re on the South Island right now or are planning to head down there in the next couple of days.
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