WINTER IN NZ: Adventures awaits in the South Island

New Zealand is one of those rare destinations that thrives in both the Summer and Winter months, with an array of spectacular mountainous regions, ski fields and glaciers to be explored in the Southern Island especially.

New Zealand is one of those rare destinations that thrives in both the Summer and Winter months, with an array of spectacular mountainous regions, ski fields and glaciers to be explored in the Southern Island especially.

Winter in New Zealand runs from June to August, and despite what you may assume, it’s actually one of the most popular times to explore New Zealand. Visitors flock from far and wide to enjoy the world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities, but there’s so many more things to do off the ski fields, and great locations across the South Island to tick off your Winter bucket-list.

Without further ado…

 

Hot Springs at Hanmer Springs

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Credit: Graeme Murray

This beautiful alpine village, located near Christchurch in the South Island, is home to spectacular natural hot pools making it an ideal location for some relaxation and indulgence. Hanmer Springs is also known for it’s adventure activities that can be enjoyed in any season, such as mountain biking, horse trekking and hiking.

 

Kaikoura

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Credit: Kyle Mulinder

Kaikoura, located in the South Island, is flanked by the naturally stunning and snow-capped Kaikoura range. This coastal region is famous for whale and dolphin watching, and between June and August is the prime time to catch a glimpse of migrating sperm whales as they trace the coast of New Zealand.

 

Lake Wanaka

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Credit: Miles Holden

Lake Wanaka is notorious for being beautiful all year-round, but it’s especially glorious during the Winter months when the mountains that surround this small town become completely blanketed in snow. On a clear day, the sights from the top of Roy’s Peak are second to none with spectacular views of Mount Aspiring and the lake below.

 

Franz Josef

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Credit: Julian Apse

The amazing Franz Josef Glacier sits atop the small town which shares its name. This special spot can be enjoyed in all seasons. There are free walking tracks to both Fox & Franz Josef Glacier on the West Coast, but if you are feeling extra adventurous, there are multiple options including a heli-hike to truly have an immersive experience.

For more information, head over to Tourism New Zealand’s Travel Trade Page.

Written by Emily Hollings, a KARRYON contributor