Winter activities

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From June to October, snow transforms New Zealand’s alpine landscapes into a winter wonderland. Make the most of the cold season with these fun winter activities.

New Zealand is a winter mecca with so much more to do beyond skiing and snowboarding. Try snowshoeing, glacier climbing, ice skating, soak in hot pools, see the southern lights, celebrate Matariki (Māori new year) and lots more.  

Things to do on the snow

New Zealand is home to the spectacular Southern Alps in the South Island and has striking mountains on the North Island, providing a myriad of snow sports and experiences. 

Things to do on ice

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, try glacier climbing or heli-hiking on Franz Joseph or Fox glaciers. Or take the family ice skating at some of the world’s most scenic locations. 

Things to do beyond the slopes

If you’re not a fan of snow sports, there are plenty of other things to do in winter. 

Experience and celebrate Matariki (Māori new year), explore winter festivals, taste comforting foods, see the southern lights or soak yourself in hot pools. You choose.  

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