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Winter is a great time to visit New Zealand. With snow capped peaks, crystal clear blue skies and less crowds its a great time to visit. but its important to be well prepared. It can get very cold, particularly in the South island its essential to have adequate clothing.
The following are the top 5 winter tips for a trip to New Zealand:
1.) Ensure you have adequate clothing - some thermals and a good winter coat are highly recommended. In the south island in particular temperatues can drop dramatically so its important to always be well prepared.
2.) Carefully check conditions before commencing any hikes or walk. Ask local advice but also consult the DOC website for the latest details on walks and tracks - http://www.doc.govt.nz/
4.) Take the opportunity to visit some of the finest ski fields in the South hemisphere. There are an excellent range of more commerical and ski fields in New Zealand suitable for snow addicts of all levels. For more information on leading ski fields, passes, equipment hire and the latest conditions visit the NZski website.
5.) Consider travel with one of New Zealand's leading tour operators. Highly recommended, and the only NZ company to be listed in National Geographic's Best Adventure Travel companies on Earth and the World travel awards, Flying Kiwi offer excellent winter tours. The company had been running for almost 30 years and provides travellers with the chance to get beyond the tourist trail.