It’s time to shake-off the winter chills, wrap-up and start exploring the great outdoors. Get into the mobile mindset, and hit the road. Explore New Zealand’s incredible sights, hike some epic trails, bathe in NZ’s natural wonders and go where you’ve never been before. Below, we give you the run down on some of our favourite winter activities – rain or shine. So, what are you waiting for? Hire a campervan and hit New Zealand’s roads.
Rotorua Canopy Tours
If you’re searching for an outdoor adventure, visit the Rotorua Canopy Tours. It’s a great day out and suitable for nearly all weather conditions. Don’t fret, you’ll stay warm and dry, even in the cooler months. The team will provide you with warm jackets so you’re comfortable on your tour, and the treetop canopies provide plenty of shelter too.
We chose to do the Original Canopy Tour, which truly is a must-do. This 3-hour award winning tour will have you ziplining from New Zealand’s native treetops, feeding birds, and learning about how we can keep New Zealand green. Not to mention, the team here are fantastic. Tick the Rotorua Canopy Tours off your winter bucket list.
Kerosene Creek, Rotorua
Now that you’ve spent the day swinging from the treetops, it’s time to warm up in one of New Zealand’s best natural hot pools. Just a short 30-minute drive from Rotorua, and a quick stroll through some of New Zealand’s native bush (because we can never get enough), you will find this steamy & dreamy rock pool. Take a load off as you enjoy the serenity of the large rock pool, and soak in your surrounds of the cascading waterfall.
Sip on mulled wine in Auckland
No one said that winter had to be miserable. Look at the positives, you have every excuse to sit back and enjoy a great big glass of full-bodied mulled wine. So, where can you get your hands on the best mulled wine? We’ve checked out five bars and restaurants in Auckland to find the perfect blend.
- The Occidental
- Parasol and Swing
- 46 & York
- Pocket Bar
Whale watching in Kaikōura
There are very few places on Earth that hold the same magic that Kaikōura does. It is home to some of the most incredible wildlife, and is paving the way as New Zealand’s leading eco-tourism destination.
The Giant Sperm Whale is just one of the incredible marine creatures that can be seen in Kaikōura. And, the best time of year to go whale watching and witness these creatures in their natural habitat is during the cooler months of autumn and winter. Tick whale watching off your travel list this winter.
The Fiordland National Park is a treasured pocket of New Zealand, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And, this is where you can find the Milford Sound, in the southwest of the South Island. Surrounded by dense rainforest and steep cliffs, this is an easy to reach destination from either Queenstown or Te Anau.
Rain or shine, the Milford Sound is the perfect destination for every explorer. Spend your days diving, hiking, kayaking, or cruising through Milford Sound. One of our favourite winter destinations, with plenty of activities on offer.