Late August is early spring in the southern hemisphere. Dunedin lies just below the 45th parallel, that is, as far south as Provence, Venice, Hokkaidō and Portland are north. As New Zealand is an island surrounded by the vast Pacific and Southern Oceans, the weather is always changeable, but early spring in Dunedin is typically sunny with crisp nights and mild to warm days. In the mountains, you will still find some snow, while in Hobbiton the flowers will be in bloom.
Travel outside of the peak tourist periods is generally both more reasonable and enjoyable, and school holidays don’t begin until the last week of September. Hiking trails throughout the country are open but not yet busy. The New Zealand International Film Festival comes to Dunedin in August each year. In September there are festivals for every taste, throughout the country, such as the Arts Festival in Christchurch, the World of Wearable Art in Wellington, the Blossom Festival in Alexandra, Vegan Vibes in the Bay of Plenty, Gay Ski Week in Queenstown and many more. The All Blacks play several home tests in the Rugby Championship in August and September, and you may even catch them at Dunedin’s stadium which adjoins the University campus.