While summer in New Zealand Is normally packed with tourists and buzzing with activities, Winter brings another serene charm in this alpine paradise. Quieter roads and fewer tourists may offer you some more natural beauty to enjoy all by yourself. Another good thing about winter travel in New Zealand is that it offers you hotel stays and car rentals at lower prices.
Winter travel may also mean that you get shorter days to enjoy as the sun sets around 5 PM. However, if planned well, you can have just as much fun as in summer and make the most of your travel across Aotearoa. Plan an itinerary that lets you experience wonders of winter – go ski your heart out, soak in some hot springs, relish hot foods, indulge in exciting activities and turn up some heat in the cold!
We’ve decided to list down 5 amazing winter destinations across New Zealand that are sure to offer you an amazingly memorable winter holiday.
Talk about winter and probably the first thing that pops up in your mind would be – SKI!
Treble Cone is the biggest Ski area in the South Island of New Zealand and offers world class Ski experience along with some breath-taking views around! After some fun on the slopes, pack yourself a delicious picnic and enjoy sunset views by the waterfront at Lake Wanaka. We promise, you would want to go there again next evening to enjoy those ever-changing hues of the Mount Aspiring National Park in the backdrop presented by the setting sun!
This miraculous place will present you with more than you would expect! Talk about star-gazing in New Zealand’s darkest sky reserve, dipping in toasty hot pools, and stunning views of the region under the fresh sprinkle of snow! If you are lucky, you will also get to spot Southern Lights (Aurora Australis)! This is one place that will make you feel glad about the long winter nights.
Glacier walks are one of the best-selling summer activities. But hey! What better time to do it than in winter?! Visit Franz Josef or Fox Glacier which are both accessible glaciers in New Zealand. The breathtaking crisp and clear views of the glacier country set against the backdrop of snow-covered peaks will leave you spell-bound!
Moving up to the North Island, this geothermal region of Aotearoa will offer cozier winter experiences. Explore the geothermal fields of Rotorua, dip your feet in warm natural springs or soak yourself in these healing waters. Not only your soul but also your skin will feel rejuvenated!
The Northern side of the North Island is comparatively warmer than the South Island. This is the best time to enjoy the Hot Water Beach to yourself and the crowds are a lot lesser. Dig up your own hot pool on the Hot Water Beach and enjoy this natural scenic sand spa.
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