New Zealand Winter Getaway Ideas

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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Winter is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean the time for travel is over by any means. New Zealand offers a wealth of places that are just as good if not better in the colder months. Though you need to take extra care when driving as conditions can be hazardous, the rewards are well worth it. Although ski fields and mountains can be busy, for most places winter is well off peak season, so you’ll get to enjoy what they offer with the luxury of fewer people around.

Okoiroire Hot Springs – Just one and a half hours drive south of Auckland and located in the Waikato region, these picturesque hotsprings are a great place to unwind. Small and secluded, they’re perfect for a gathering of friends and family on a chill winter night. There’s also a local hotel brimming with heritage for you to enjoy.

The TranzAlpine Rail Road – Connecting the towns of Christchurch and Greymouth, the TranzAlpine line is a historically important railway line that has been updated for modern comfort and enjoyment. Winding through the rugged Southern Alps, it’s considered to be one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world. There’s an entire car designed to provide you with the best views possible, as well as dining options. Whether you’re going east or west, it’s a great way to get connected with a rental car to continue your journey.

Rotorua – Hotsprings absolutely come into their own during winter, and Rotorua is well known for being a thermal playground. With over two dozen different hot springs, they provide not only natural hot water but also mud and other nutrient rich natural substances that nourish the skin. It’s the perfect place for when you need to pamper yourself and take a real break from the world.

Hanmer Springs – Although New Zealand forest is very unique and distinct, the mountain township of Hanmer Springs in Canterbury could fool you into thinking you were somewhere else. Filled with pine trees and European-style log housing, it’s like a slice from a Swiss mountain resort. Great for changing up the pace, and a good stopover on your journey to the West Coast.

Winter is a great time to explore many of the scenic locations New Zealand is lucky to have, and even better they’ll be free of other tourists and busy holiday makers. Take care when you drive, but enjoy the options to the fullest.

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