8 Reasons To Travel NZ In Winter
New Zealand is one of the most beautiful destinations to visit year-round. There is plenty to see and explore, especially during the winter months. And, a motorhome rental is the best way to see the country. See why you should travel to New Zealand in the winter.
1. Travel On A Budget
Not only are the views the best part about travelling around New Zealand in the winter, but so is the cost. You can often find bargains with flights, motorhome rentals, campgrounds and activities. Even though there is a slight drop in temperature, winter is still the best time to travel and at a discount!
2. It’s Quiet
You will notice that the roads are quieter, the lines are shorter at the local cafes, and there are fewer people in general. Winter is the perfect time to get off the beaten track, share stories with like-minded explorers and enjoy the peace and quiet, without the hustle and bustle of all the tourists.
3. The Scenery
New Zealand is spectacular all year round, but there is something even more magical about the snow-capped mountains, icy lakes and the glaciers. Some of the best hiking tracks are still open in winter too. Visit Queenstown for some of the greatest views, walks and attractions.
4. Hit The Slopes
If you’re an avid skier or just a beginner, then this is your opportunity. There are plenty of great ski fields throughout New Zealand. Our favourite north island ski field is Whakapapa, or in the south, you could visit Mount Hutt and Cardrona.
5. Hot Pools + Natural Springs
Oh, how we love a good spa during the winter months. There are plenty of geothermal and made-made spas dotted around New Zealand. And, our favourite natural spring is Kerosene Creek, located thirty-five minutes south of Rotorua. This is a popular spot throughout the summer and winter months.
If you are looking for a little bit of luxury on your motorhome adventure, then head to Onsen Hot Pools. These hot pools provide the perfect amount of shelter, with breathtaking views across the Shotover canyon, in Queenstown. The perfect way to start or end your day.
6. The Comfort Of Your Motorhome
There is nothing better than being in the comfort of your own motorhome. Just imagine the breathtaking views overlooking the mountain ranges, with a cup of hot cocoa, and a warm cosy blanket. You just can’t beat it.
7. The Wildlife
It can be difficult to decide what to see first in New Zealand. So, for those of you that don’t mind the cooler weather, you will want to head to Kaikōura for whale watching. During the months of June-August, humpback whales will migrate towards the tropical waters, swinging past Kaikōura on the way. This spot also offers spectacular views across the Kaikōura ranges.
8. Southern Lights
The Southern Lights are just one of many natural wonders in New Zealand. Head as far south as possible, during the winter months to see the best of the lights. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine exactly when the Southern Lights will strike, as they often occur with only 30-minutes warning. So, make sure you don’t blink.
The best time to travel to New Zealand in a motorhome, is undoubtedly during the winter months. Both domestic and international flights are much more affordable, motorhome rentals are cheaper, and the majority of activities are discounted. The roads are quieter, and some of the most spectacular sights can be seen during the cooler months.
If you are travelling with children, it can be difficult to know where to go to keep them entertained. Read our tips on top New Zealand winter destinations during the school holidays. So, what are you waiting for? Start your journey today.