Visiting New Zealand on a road trip? If your agenda includes a few stops to see the snow, you’ll see it at its best during the winter. New Zealand does have snow on its peaks year-round at higher elevation, but they don’t compare to the winter blanket of snow. This means your best chance to see New Zealand with the most snow is during that June to August window. Below is a list of where it snows in New Zealand. Jump in your caravan hire and head to the snow capped mountains.
Part of a coastal mountain range, Kaikoura is often garbed in snow and ice during the winter. The trick is to time your visit when it’s not raining so you can enjoy the mountain vistas. Winter also brings the seals to the rocky sections of the coast near the town center, and their antics are sure-fire entertainment. Not matter what, winter in Kaikoura should not be missed.
Make your way up to Lake Camp and Lake Heron here for the best winter wonderland experience. The roads to the lakes in Hakatere Conservation Park are pretty rough, so you may want to consider hiring or renting 4WD vehicle to get the best views deep in the park’s interior.
Thanks to its high elevation and cooler temperatures, local towns of Fairlie, Twizel and Tekapo always have snow on the ground in the winter. You can catch some breathtaking views from the Mount John Walkway, or hike the Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki trail to see Mount Cook in all its winter splendor.
Offering some of the best winter scenery along its miles through the mountains, Lindis Pass is definitely a must-see if you are hoping to see New Zealand snowfall. One caveat, though: you need to plan your drive through for a sunny day. The fog that blankets the region can make it difficult to appreciate the natural winter beauty of Lindis Pass if you travel through on a cloudy day.
The skiing and snowboarding place to be, Queenstown has plenty of snow in the winter. You can also take part in snowshoeing along the many walking trails that are snowbound during the colder months of the year. We also recommend a slow cruise along Crown Range Road for the scenic overlook of Queenstown against the snowy mountain backdrop that surrounds the city.