What ‘Springs’ to mind as August fades into September? For us it means time to dust off Winter, say “goodbye” to those dark frosty mornings and celebrate Spring and all the new beginnings it represents. Already we can see lighter longer days and this, combined with beautiful spring growth, is often coupled with feelings of re-juvenation and new beginnings. Take advantage of this increased elation and celebrate Spring in all it’s glory in the Waimakariri.
Nothing screams Spring more than the brightly coloured, long trumpet shaped perennials that grow in so many gardens and public spaces. For most, bright sunny daffodils put a smile on the face and a ‘spring’ in the step. Whether you are wanting to simply bask in their grandeur, or position various family members down between them for the annual family snap, make sure you head along to Victoria Park in the heart of Rangiora for a truly wonderful Spring experience.
Across the district, there are a number of gardens, parks and natures hotspots to explore and breathe in the gorgeous spring blooms. Trousellot Park, in Kaiapoi, is a popular garden park full of spring colours. While you are there, make sure you check out The Scott Rose Garden boasting a beautiful array of fragrant roses.
For something a bit more structured, formal and organised, Millstream Gardens, located in Ohoka, is a garden with several water features and expansive lawns, hedging and ponds. Featured in the NZ House & Garden as well as several New Zealand and overseas gardening publications, it is the perfect garden tour to explore spring blooms.
Aside from spring growth and colours, there really isn’t anything more ‘Kiwi’ than watching cute baby animals frolicking on farms and around rural lifestyle areas. A Sunday drive from Rangiora to Oxford will guarantee the “awwwwwww” factor with spring lambs galore jumping and playing together while their parents graze obliviously. Once you have had your cuteness fill, and are sick of explaining to the children over and over why you can’t take a lamb home as a pet, head to Oxford for the popular Oxford Farmer’s Market where you will find wide range of local spring offerings including meats, fruit, vegetables, baking, preserves, breakfast and of course coffee!
If you are after a more hands on animal experience, a Farm Tour or Farm Stay is a great way to get up close and personal with spring cuties. At Silverstream Alpaca Stud, you can bottle feed a cute Cria (baby alpaca) as well as walk amongst the alpacas and interact with them. They are naturally curious so provided you are quiet and respectful and they will come up and say “hello”.
If you are after a casual wander or bike ride in the great outdoors to take in Spring, there are options galore. Our top picks this month are Kaiapoi Island and Rakahuri Trails which are suitable for the whole family. Enjoy spectacular river views and the green, lush, spring like native vegetation.
To restore balance after Winter, and with the warmer Spring weather now more of a reality, taking the time to taking the time to sit and watch a sunset or sunrise can be extremely therapeutic for the heart and soul.
Don’t tell anyone else, but there are there are three wooden bench seats and a picnic table along the stop bank overlooking the Ashley/Rakahuri Estuary which make for unforgettable sunrise and sunset viewing. If you are planning a marriage proposal, or just feel like a really special experience.