Top 10 Winter Experiences in North Island

North Island’s Central Plateau is bubbling with excitement year-round. Hit the road in this stunning region this winter and enjoy these top experiences.

Feel the Earth's raw power at Te Puia

Visit Te Puia in Rotorua to see the might of the iconic Pohutu Geyser that spurts hot water up to 30 metres skyward. The park is bursting with geothermal wonders of Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa Valley and is a great spot to soak in the rich Maori culture, including live performances. 

Have fun at Happy Valley Snow Park

If you visit in winter, you simply can’t stay away from the slopes. For those who stay off the skies more than on them, Happy Valley Snow Park is ideal. Located in Whakapapa (Mount Ruapehu), it is a premiere beginners' area providing hours of snow fun.

Sail on a stunning lake

Taking the grand stand in the stunning Lake Taupo region is a beautiful lake the size of Singapore. There is a seemingly endless list of things to do on and around the lake. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, take a scenic flight to get the best views or head out for a stroll on one of the many lakeside walks.

Discover Rotorua's native forests

Experience magnificent forests and birdlife with Rotorua Canopy Tours' thrilling ziplining adventures or feel the spirit of the region with guided Redwoods TreeWalk in Whakarewarewa Forest that take you over suspension bridges and under towering trees. For biking enthusiasts, there is no better haven than the Redwoods with a track for every ability.

See the impressive Taranaki Falls

Starting near the Whakapapa Information Centre, the Taranaki Falls loop track in Ruapehu region follows the crystal clear river to the impressive Taranaki Falls. Enjoy fabulous volcanic views along the way before reaching the remarkable falls.

White water rafting on Tongariro River

The waters of the Tongariro River in the Taupo region provide one of nature's finest, fun-filled rollercoaster rides. The lower part of the river features grade 3 rapids with stunning gorges while fun rafting guides make the ride even more enjoyable. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take on more extreme rapids in the upper gorge.

Discover a subterranean wonderland

Beneath the rolling hills of Waitomo, around two hours from Auckland, lies a network of limestone caverns with stunning formations and glowworm-lit caves enjoyed on a guided boat tour. If you’re into adventure try the unique black water rafting experience on the underground rivers.

Soak in geothermal waters

Explore Taupo and it's geothermal wonders of nature. There's something for everyone in this lakeside resort town, and what better way to rest your tired muscles after a day on the slopes of Whakapapa and Turoa than a soak in the hot pools. 

Visit the iconic Huka Falls

Feel the thundering roar of 220,000 litres of water squeezing its way through a slim ravine at Huka Falls in Lake Taupo. 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.

Ski on expansive volcanic terrain

Take the chairlift up New Zealand’s largest volcano, Mount Ruapehu. Hit the Turoa area on the southwest side for Australasia’s biggest vertical drop and expansive, open runs or head to Whakapapa on the northern side for a dramatic volcanic feel. If ski is not your gig, just enjoy coffee and fabulous views from what feels like the top of the world.

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