Top 5 Travel Destinations to Visit in Winter in New Zealand
New Zealand! Sure, the mountains look pretty incredible and something straight out of Middle Earth when you see them topped with snow, but they also make New Zealand a hub for Southern Hemisphere skiing.
The ski field is a great place to meet people from all over the world, such as those from the Northern Hemisphere chasing winter or the locals who can’t resist strapping on their skis every year.
On the other hand, if hurtling down a mountain isn’t your thing, then you can enjoy the winter wonderland from the comfort of a cozy hot pool or travelling through it on one of the world’s most scenic train journeys! Winter in New Zealand may be just what you’re looking for! Be sure to check out some handy guides for visiting New Zealand to help you plan your itinerary. And have a professional sort out your travel insurance before you go, such as ami.co.nz/travel-insurance.
Queenstown loves the winter. If it isn’t obvious from The Winter Festival celebrating the start of winter, then maybe you will notice it from the skier and snowboarder types around town. Plus, if you weren’t cold enough, there’s a couple of ice bars and an ice rink. There are four commercial ski fields in the area. Learn more about Queenstown here.
Confuse the hell out of your body on a cold day by dipping into a hot thermal spring. Whether you want to do it for free, or relax in the Polynesian Spa, you’ll find it hard to get back out again! Winter would also be a good time to visit the geothermal parks – at least the steam would keep you warm… Here’s more information about Rotorua.
Snowsports action in the North Island! The two largest ski fields in New Zealand are on the volcanic Mt Ruapehu. Ohakune is the main town in the area with an après ski vibe, such as celebrating the start of the ski season with the Mardi Gras Festival. When the lifts close, head to The Junction part of town! Want more info? Check it out here.
Drive or take the TranzAlpine through the winter wonderland of Arthur’s Pass. The train journey is regarded as one of the most scenic in the world. There’s lots of reasons to stop along the way and take in the Southern Alps views. Find out more here.
Go from the slopes to the thermal pools! Hanmer is a club field in a small but uncrowded ski area. It has backpacker accommodation on the slopes to make an overnight trip. Then you can relax in the hot pools. You can find more information here.