Winter is a great time to visit New Zealand as you will be exposed to an incredible assortment of activities. You get to enjoy the sporty attractions to amazing destinations and cool events, you will find a bit of everything.
Here are 5 of the very best things to do during the winter season.
1. Whale Watch
Winter and Autumn are the seasons to head toward Kaikoura for a bit of whale watching. In June and July these majestic mammals are at the peak of their migration period – so can watch them in this time and also many other different species at once. You may also visit Wellington and Picton to have a glimpse of the whales.
2. Romance with the Hot Springs
Too cold? Not to worry – New Zealand’s springs come to your rescue. You can visit Rotorua, which is known for its hot water wonders. The South Island’s Hanmer Springs is also known for its hot water which is close to a ski field – making it the best destination after a day hitting the snow. There are Taupo, Tongariro, and the Bay of Plenty’s White Island also other thermal treasures to explore on your travels.
3. Ski and Snowboard
Winter is known for snow. Most of the terrains in the North and South Islands caters to your demands. Several of them have separate runs for different skill levels, and guided instruction is an option too. You can visit Mount Ruapehu in the North Island, while popular South Island fields include Cardrona, Mt Hutt, and Treble Cone.
4. Witness Maori New Year
Matariki, the Maori New Year, is celebrated country-wide during the beginning of the winter solstice. This festival symbolizes the arrival of the Matariki/Pleiades constellation to the southern skies, ending the harvest season. Many community festivals are observed every year and include dawn ceremonies, art exhibitions, cultural performances, and the sharing of local legends.
5. Explore the Local Wineries
The wineries are a year-round treat. Your trip to New Zealand is not complete without visiting the best wine-producing destinations. Central Otago is a prominent place to try a variety of reds, while Marlborough is also home to many other famous white wines. Most wineries have their restaurants, with plenty of indoor seating arrangement to treat you well. Unleash your inner foodie
6. Treat your Taste buds
This is the best time to familiarize with the local gastro scene. Do not miss checking out the iconic Hawke’s Bay Food and Wine Classic festival where you can find an incredible assortment of full-bodied reds, the fresh local produce, and lashings of local lamb and venison. If you love chocolates, you’d love Dunedin’s Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, held in July of every year. On 1st August Auckland’s Restaurant Month kicks off and Visa Wellington On A Plate can relish your palates in the same month.
These are some of the most amazing and popular places that you mustn’t miss checking out during your next visit to New Zealand, especially in this winter.