West Coast Activities in Winter

With plenty to do, the West Coast is one of the most exciting places to be during the cooler months in New Zealand.

It offers phenomenal landscape, amazing natural wonders; and most of all, some of the best winter activities available! If you’re planning a trip away during the snow season, be sure to check out some of these top West Coast winter attractions.

Alpine Heli-curling

The West Coast curling club have ‘heightened’ the fun of curling by offering the worlds first heli-curling service. Enjoy a helicopter ride up to the highest tarns in the Southern Alps where one can enjoy perfect black ice, clear skies and zero wind! This is the perfect recipe for a great curling experience.

Relaxation In Hot Pools

There are several supreme spots on the West Coast to enjoy an invigorating soak in a hot pool, and Glacier Hot Pools in Franz Josef definitely top the list. Fed by glaciers, these hot pools are sheltered by a natural leafy canopy in the seclusion of native bush. With three main pools, and 3 private pools this is the perfect way to end a day spent on the slopes, or a great romantic getaway for two.

West Coast Skiing

The West Coast is world-renowned for it’s fabulous ski spots, so make sure to schedule a day on the slopes into your itinerary. There are several great ski fields available including Temple Basin Ski area; this high alpine ski-field sits on the main divide of then Southern Alps, in the middle of Arthurs pass National Park. Enjoy the relaxed club feel with no queues and a great selection of slope suitable for skiers and snow-boarders of all levels. Equipment hire and ski tutors are also available for Temple Basin visitors.


For those wanting to find their inner explorer, mountaineering is a great way to enjoy a day on the slopes. For inexperienced climbers, guided tours are the safest and post enjoyable option. Getting started is easy, select a tour location and guide that meets your needs and fitness levels and away you go! Enjoy a scenic trek with informative escorts and a fabulous hike out in the snowy wilderness. You can find guided tours all over the West Coast, be sure to check the length and difficulty before booking.


Although a great all-year-round activity, skydiving is especially scenic during the winter months. Enjoy a calm plane flight up, and an adrenalin filled jump down with panoramic views of mountains, sea and snow for miles. Tandem jumps are a great option for those new to skydiving, let your jump buddy do the work while you enjoy the ride! Skydive NZ has some fabulous packages available, be sure to book in advance.

For more West Coast attractions visit the Westwood Lodge website and start planning your winter escape!

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