Winter in New Zealand

Winter in New Zealand

Written by mighway

Winter in New Zealand is often underestimated. It’s the time of year where the roads are quieter, the mountains are covered in snow and it’s more picturesque than ever. So, why don’t we travel as often during the winter months? Below, we outline just a few of the benefits, and yes, it does snow in New Zealand during the winter – another great reason to travel!

When is winter in New Zealand?

From June to August is when the weather in New Zealand starts to cool. The North Island sees higher rain fall and the mountain ranges in the South Island are snow-covered. Although it is winter, there is still plenty of sunlight, and quite often the South Island will have very little rainfall, making it the perfect destination.

Skiing and snowboarding

A question that is often asked is “does it snow in New Zealand?”. The answer is yes. New Zealand is home to some of the most incredible snow-covered mountains in the world; enough to inspire anyone. So, if you’re an avid skier or snowboarder or simply wanting to learn, New Zealand has some of the greatest mountains in the world for skiing and snowboarding, including: Treble Cone, Coronet Peak, Mount Hutt, Turoa and Cardrona.

The Scenery

As we mentioned, the winter months in New Zealand are picturesque. The South Island is full of glaciers, mountains, and other areas of scenic beauty.

For picturesque sights, the Franz Josef Glacier is at the top of our list. It is New Zealand’s more famous glaciers and the steepest in the country. From an incredible heigh of 3,000m, the Franz Josef Glacier descends into native rainforest of the Westland’s National Park. It moves faster than the average glacier and has stunning features such as; ice caves, crevasses and tunnels. It is most definitely worth the visit.

Franz Josef


Winter is off-peak in New Zealand, meaning there are less tourists, more availability at campgrounds and campsites and costs are often reduced. You may have to pack a few extra layers of clothing, but for us, it seems like the perfect time of year to be travelling on a budget.

Keep warm in the hot springs

New Zealand is home to incredible natural wonders, including natural hot springs. We also have some pretty cool man-made ones. So, why not warm up on your winter road trip with a quick trip to the hot pools? Here are some of our favourites: Polynesian Spa – Rotorua, Kerosense Creek – Rotorua, Hanmer Springs – Canterbury, Spa Park – Taupo, Tekapo Springs – Tekapo and Glacier Hot Pools – Franz Josef.

Hot springs New Zealand

Winter in New Zealand can be the most incredible time of the year. The mountains are dusted in snow, the air is crisp and fresh, and travel is made easy. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your next winter road trip.