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Lupin Spotting

The scenic landscape of New Zealand’s South Island astonishes with varied colors


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Every year from mid-November to December vast areas along riverbeds of Mackenzie Country at the South Island burst with color and fragrance. Thousands of lupins cover the landscape with purple, pink, yellow and blue hues. The Russell lupin is an exotic plant, native to North America, which can grow to the height of 1.5 m. These tall colorful spikes can be found in large numbers growing along the roadsides, wide-open areas and near the waterbeds.

Some of the most scenic places for viewing lupins are around Lake Tekapo, Lake Wanaka and along the Ahuriri River. At Lake Tekapo, the best season to watch these gorgeous flowers is late November. In December, the bloom moves further south.

Mount Cook National Park is another great destination for nature enthusiasts. There are many lupin fields along the road that lead to the Mount Cook Village. Lake Hawea offers a bit of a variety since it is famous not only for purple and pink lupins but also for a yellow variety. They are mostly growing along the edge of Lake Hawea. The Isthmus Peak Trail offers some of the most breathtaking views of the lake and various wildflowers.

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