New Zealand is well known for its fabulous skiing, fresh powder and long snow season, but there’s more to Godzone than hitting the slopes in winter.
A visit to New Zealand’s geothermal wonders and hot springs should be first on your agenda. The North Island abounds with geothermal destinations, with Rotorua the most well known. And you can’t go past the stunning Hanmer Springs for a thermal treat in the South Island.
The vines are bare but wineries are bursting with the labours of an Autumn vintage. Try the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, from Hawkes Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South, to make the most of a cellar door experience. And the renowned Central Otago wine region is a stone’s throw from ski hubs Queenstown and Lake Wanaka.
New Zealand’s coastline is spectacular at any time of year, so don’t write off a couple of days at the beach. Cosy up by an open fire and enjoy longs walks on the sand - minus the summer crowds.
We’d be amiss to not mention adventure! Caving, skydiving, bungy, white-water rafting, jet-boating; it’s all go no matter the temperature.
Combine any of these activities with a few days on a mountain and you’re guaranteed a fabulous Kiwi winter holiday! For more inspiration, check out this ultimate South Island winter itinerary,