Top 10 South Island winter experiences in New Zealand

Take Queenstown by foot

Whether you’re looking for easy scenic tracks or backcountry trails you will find plenty of hiking trails in Queenstown and Wanaka this Winter. With spectacular scenery around every corner, take a moment to embrace Mother Nature and explore! 

Relax in Hanmer Springs

1.5 hours' drive from Christchurch is the beautiful Hanmer Springs. While the snow layers the ground partake in making snow angels, having a snow-ball battle or give tobogganing a go. Head to the Hot Pools later and warm up, as you watch the snowflakes melt on the waters surface. 

Explore the Queenstown Skyline

Enjoy the famous Queenstown experience and ride the Gondola up Bob's Peak, up above the city to the skyline complex. From the top enjoy panoramic views of the Southern Alps and Lake Wakatipu. Looking for more adventure? consider riding down on a Skyline Luge.  

Discover the Mount Hutt ski field

Visit the Mount Hutt ski field this winter to enjoy panoramic views and slopes perfect for all ages and abilities. For those new to skiing you can take advantage of expert instructors who run regular private and group lessons. 

Jet Boating

Visit Queenstown and pick up the pace this winter. Enjoy a unique combination of breath-taking scenery and an exhilarating ride through the braided, glacier-fed rivers by jet boat.

Take the TranzAlpine Journey

Ride the TranzAlpine journey through the Southern Alps. Beginning in Christchurch, you’ll travel through the patchwork Canterbury Plains up into Arthur’s Pass National Park. From here, you’ll venture down into the wild beech forests of the West Coast, finishing in Greymouth.


Experience world-class slopes

There are four world-class ski areas in close proximity to Queenstown and Wanaka. Explore Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona and enjoy a full day on the slopes that cater to all abilities. 

Fun for everyone at Tekapo Springs

A 3-hour scenic drive from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo, set deep in the beautiful Mackenzie Country, makes for an enjoyable winter road-trip journey.  While there visit Tekapo Springs to enjoy outdoor ice skating, curling, hot pools, snow tubing, star gazing and tobogganing, or relax and unwind at their Glacial Spa.

Coronet Peak paragliding

Take in breathtaking views of Queenstown this Winter from 5400 ft above sea level. Enjoy one of the regions most thrilling activities with experienced team at Coronet Peak Tandems who offer tandem paragliding and hang gliding experiences.

Discover Canterbury with a birds-eye view

The Christchurch - Canterbury region is one of the most diverse in New Zealand - perfect to experience by air with a scenic flight. Home to New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, as well as ancient glaciers that reach almost to sea level, a scenic flight is unforgettable.

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