New Zealand’s mountains come alive with skiers and snowboarders in winter, and the crisp days are perfect for walking, cycling and soaking in hot pools.
On the flanks of Mt Ruapehu - an active volcano on New Zealand's North Island - you'll find Whakapapa and Tūroa ski resorts. Boasting some of the country’s biggest ski runs, there's also a dedicated ski area for beginners. Take a lesson on the sheltered slopes of Happy Valley or go sledding for some guaranteed fun.
The home of adventure, you can bungy, skydive and zipline your way across New Zealand. For something truly unique, experience WildWire in Wanaka - the ultimate waterfall adventure. Or take an exhilerating jet boat ride in Queenstown for a spectacular journey deep into the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park.
Feel the thundering roar of 220,000 litres of water squeezing its way through a slim ravine at Huka Falls in Taupō, just two hours from Mt Ruapehu. The Falls are one of New Zealand’s most popular natural attractions and can be viewed from a vantage point on the footbridge or on a thrilling jet boat ride.
Walking and hiking is the best way to see New Zealand's beautiful landscapes whether it's a short walk or longer hike. Check out waterfalls and lava fields on Ruapehu's Taranaki Falls Track or take in the panoramic views from Queenstown's Hill Time Walk. If staying near Mt Hutt, check out the Rakaia Gorge Walkway.
If skiing uncrowded slopes, watching the sun set from a snowy peak or simply enjoying a drink by the fire sounds like fun, night skiing is for you. Most New Zealand ski fields open late on the weekends, allowing you to explore during the day and ski by night.
Step back into the timeless elegance of the 1930s with high tea at the grand Chateau Tongariro Hotel in Ruapehu. Nibble petite cakes and savouries while admiring breath-taking views of Tongariro National Park, then venture outside to explore it on a short walk. If staying on the South Island, the Cardrona Hotel near Wanaka is a famous apres-ski stop-off.