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1. Posted by Tamuritza (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

i am considering goin to new zealand for two-three weeks in their winter... can anyone suggest where to go and wat to do?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 10y

South Island, definitely. The Southern Alps will be absolutely glorious covered in snow.

You don't say what kind of things you prefer to do, or where you'll be entering/leaving, so that makes it hard to recommend things, but personally I'm always very partial to Lake Tekapo, the most gorgeous piece of this small planet that I've ever encountered.
If the weather is good, make certain to take a helicopter flight over the mountains from there (complete with glacier landing). Otherwise do that from Fox or Franz Josef glacier, which are also must visit destinations. Make certain to visit Peter's Pool at Franz Josef for stunning reflections of the glacier, and to then follow the track to Robert Point from there - that rainforest is so unbelievably green you can drown in it.
Mt. Cook (near Lake Tekapo) is another obvious destination, as is Queenstown. Milford Sound is pretty much a given, although I've never seen that in winter; don't know how much the avalanche risk really matters - I think all the tour buses just keep on driving regardless, but if you're thinking of self-driving, this at least would be one trip I'd recommend you take a tour for.

Two-three weeks should be enough to also hop over to the North Island for a few days (just as long as you make certain that you spend most time on the South Island). Tongariro National Park is, again, glorious, with its three volcanoes (and especially Mt. Ruapehu) rising up from otherwise flat land and displaying their snow cover in all their absolute splendor. If you're into skiing or snowboarding, you can do that there (right on an active volcano) - as well as, of course, in Queenstown and near Lake Tekapo and in various other places in the Southern Alps. On the North Island you can also go to Auckland and further north, where you'll barely notice that it's winter, and the weather will be more comparable to the springs and autumns that you know. The Bay of Islands is a popular destination, although I personally wasn't that impressed with it. Cape Reinga definitely is worth the trip up though.

Back on the South Island, an unusual recommendation, but from what I've seen of it during summer, it should be really good during winter: Hanmer Springs (which, yes, has hot springs amidst the snow).

3. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

I agree with Sander,
If you want to go to the snow or for the winter views, then the south island is the place to go.
Mount cook national park, mount hut, central otago and fiordland are great mid winter.

4. Posted by travellegs (Inactive 4 posts) 10y

yep boarding is definetely the way to go, if your going to five it a go i recommend mount dobson in th south island a smaller field but has chair lifts and good powder

5. Posted by carlys (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Hi,

I'm going to NZ in February and only have 16 nights there. I've found that Magic Bus do a trip called 'North/South Highlights' which covers most of NZ in a minimum of 12 nights! Hopefully it'll enable me to see as much as possible in a short amount of time. It also means that all your transport and accomodation is taken care of and you're travelling with other like minded people. ;)

6. Posted by lostkiwi (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

It all depends what your into, Taranaki has it all, quality waves, quality mountain, quality tramping, quality woman, quality cafes and restaurants, only thing not so good is the night life but atleast the waves make up for it!
The South Island is a must see, very beautiful and again, quality waves, mountains, tramping and woman, actually, why would you live anywhere else?
Each to there own ;)

7. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 10y

As per usual, you have it covered Sander

Your photo's are awesome...

Although I do recommend 'Orakei Korako' between Taupo & Tokoroa for the Geo-thermal activity, its a stunning little island