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We hope you’ve got your winter woolies ready, because we have some winter holiday itineraries to die for! They are all about getting amongst the epic adventures that winter in New Zealand brings. You’ll get to ski or snowboard (or snow-shoe, night ski or heli-ski) at the South Island’s top ski fields, and enjoy adventure spots like Queenstown, Wanaka, Lake Tekapo and Methven.

But this winter playground is not just about the white stuff. Bungy jumping, skydives, canyon swings and jet boat rides are just some of the activities waiting when you need a break from the mountain.


Queenstown runs a Winter Festival every year in June, so if you’ve timed your visit well get ready for an explosion of crazy, fun winter activities around town and up the mountains.

When you need a break from adventure altogether, the Onsen Hot Pools in Queenstown give you one of the most spectacular views over the gorge from their private wooden tubs, especially at sunset.

At other times, you’ll be ready to just sit down and take in spectacular sights like Lake Tekapo and the best scenery the South Island has on offer. Lake Tekapo, with its striking aqua colour and backdrop of the Alps, has to be one of the most picturesque places in New Zealand. It’s also the largest Dark Sky Reserve, and at night it lights up with millions upon millions of stars. You can get a closer look with Earth and Sky Mt John Stargazing Tours. Hot pools and ice-skating are also on offer in Lake Tekapo.

Methven, near Christchurch, is a great spot for some hot air ballooning, where you’ll rise high above the Canterbury Plains to see its distinctive “patchwork quilt” pattern across the flat landscape.

If you still have a spare day before your flight leaves Christchurch, take one final day trip north to Hanmer Springs, where you can soak in steaming hot pools surrounded by snow. The perfect way to finish off an energetic, epic South Island winter road-trip.

Check our our page on skiing in New Zealand here for more information.