New Zealand Winter Roundup of What to Do and See

If you’re visiting New Zealand this winter, there’s plenty to do and see in this year-round destination. In this new Zealand winter roundup, here are our picks for the country’s quintessential winter activities.

New Zealand Winter Roundup

Be inspired to take photographs like a pro in Auckland

New Zealand’s largest city offers both locals and visitors myriad choices when it comes to being inside on a rainy day – not that you should expect a shower every day of course. If you need inspiration before you attempt to capture a suitably impressive snapshot of your favourite New Zealand view, why not head to Auckland War Memorial Museum? There, you’ll find an exhibition of wildlife photographs to keep the most ardent of nature lovers happy. It’s free to get in and runs until December 7th.

New Zealand Fern
New Zealand Fern

Take your seat for nature’s best show

Geothermal magnet Te Puia in Rotorua is quieter in the winter. Surrounding mighty Pohutu Geyser, you’ll find seating cut out of the rocks – and nature’s underground central heating keeps it nice and toasty while you wait for the show to begin. If there’s a chill in the air, we think you’ll be reluctant to get up, even for the engaging Maori performances that happen in the nearby Rotowhio marae. Drag yourself inside to try your hand at spinning the poi at the pōwhiri. Not sure what that means? Well, why not pay them a visit and find out?

New Zealand Winter Roundup, Te Puia, Rotorua, Maori Culture

Try heli-skiing on South Island

Adventure seekers flock to Queenstown for the best skiing in the country, an easy bus ride away from this attractive and social town. Powder chasers will be keen to take to the skies for a heli-ski experience – one you’ll never forget. Girls – if you’re looking for a fun getaway with your friends, there’s a special offer up for grabs at the luxury Oakridge Resort at Lake Wanaka. Your package includes heli-skiing, spa time and accommodation.

New Zealand Winter Roundup, Skiing

Glide and slide in Wellington

Wellington ice rink and ice slide has just opened for a month at Odlins Plaza. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an old hand; you’ll have a lot of laughs as well as enjoying fantastic views onto Wellington Harbour. The exhilarating ice slide will please adrenaline seekers and among the varied theme nights; you’re sure to find one that suits your musical tastes. An if you were hoping to go to Thailand but never quite made it, there’s even a Full Moon Party – on ice, of course!

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to visit New Zealand before the spring. Why not beat the crowds and have some of the country’s best sights to yourself?

About JuliaHammond


Julia Hammond is a Geography teacher turned travel writer with a passion for places. Winning Mail Travel's Deep South competition was the catalyst to write for a diverse range of publications including Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again. She’s written Kindle guides to Cape Town, Peru and London for Unanchor and advice on Savannah for Wanderlust. When not travelling, she can be found at home in Essex planning her next trip, her two golden retrievers curled up at her feet.

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