Top activities during winter in New Zealand
Travelling New Zealand in winter means that you will never be short on incredible adventures and breathtaking scenery. There’s something for everyone too, from the adventure capital – Queenstown, to snow-covered mountains and natural hot springs. Below, we uncover the best activities during winter, as well as where to ski in New Zealand. Keep reading for your next New Zealand winter adventure!
Skiing in New Zealand
New Zealand ski fields are not the biggest in the world, but they offer a genuine Kiwi skiing experience. From incredible scenery, landscapes and terrain, no two are alike! Here are our favourite places to ski and snowboard in New Zealand: Coronet Peak, Turoa, Porters and Whakapapa.
Below Zero Ice Bar – Queenstown
This awesome ice bar is Australasia’s largest, and was hand sculpted by one of the worlds best ice cavers. So, if you’re looking for something fun and a little different, head to Below Zero Ice Bar in Queenstown. Everything from top to tail is made out of ice, including the glassware. Make sure you wear something warm.
The Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most visited destinations. This is due to its incredible landscapes, mountain peaks, dark waters and dramatic surroundings. It’s set deep within the Fiordland National Park, and is considered a “must-see” destination. You will want to allow yourself plenty of time to explore this natural wonder.
Mount Cook, also known as Aoraki, is possibly New Zealand’s most photographed destination; make sure you pack your camera. This incredible mountain is the tallest in New Zealand, standing at 3,724 metres. It’s also very popular amongst brave mountain climbers – give it a go if you dare!
Fox Glacier is a small town on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is one of the most incredible destinations, especially during a New Zealand winter.
Fox Glacier, also known in Māori as ‘Te Moeka o Tuawe’, is fed by four alpine glaciers. It is longer and faster than Franz Josef Glacier, and its neighbour is one of the South Island’s most breathtaking lakes – Lake Matheson. It mirror-like reflection showcases some of New Zealand’s highest peaks. Here, you will experience some of New Zealand’s most picturesque and breathtaking sights.
Winter in New Zealand is not to be missed. It is the most picturesque and serene time of the year, and worth every minute spent travelling.