Why You Should Visit New Zealand In Winter

In New Zealand, it is freezing cold during the season of winter but with less or even no crowd around, tours and travels can be much more enjoyable and peaceful in the ‘land of Kiwis’. Also, winter offers a very distinct experience that you cannot even expect in the warmer season. So, if you want to know why you should visit New Zealand in winter then here are few of many reasons.

Saving money

If budget is little tight for you then winter is the right time to schedule your New Zealand tour. The cost of hotel and campervan drops significantly during this time. It is possible to hire a campervan for around $21 at this time of year when it costs 7 times more during peak season. Rates are low also means that you can stay and travel longer by spending least amount of money. If you are going to New Zealand in summer, it is wise to plan your Australia holiday simultaneously to save the money and double the fun.

Less people around

As most tourists visit New Zealand in summer, the tourist destinations remain much quieter and serene during the months of June to August. With less fellow visitors around, you can explore the entire country at your own pace. Roads also get emptier and thus leading you towards more enjoyable road trips.

Winter sports

People, who love winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, must need to visit New Zealand in winter. In South Island which is the heart of amazing winter sports, you will find plenty of resorts like Treble Cone and Cardrona in Queenstown and Wanaka who provide great accommodation with excellent service and still charging you nominal.

Whale watching

Located on the East Coast of the South Island, Kaikoura is the best place for whale watching in New Zealand. Although whales can be found at Kaikoura all year around but winter is the best time to spot them in numbers as winter is the migration season for whales.

Winter festival

The blissful country of New Zealand is famous for cultural celebrations and festivals but winter festival in Queenstown is the most spectacular one. Held in the month of June, this festival starts with incredible firework display over Lake Wakatipu and followed by 10 days of street parades, live music, ice hockey games and dog sledding race which is a traditional sport to Kiwis.

Southern Lights

Also known as the Aurora Borealis, this extraordinary natural phenomenon is caused by solar wind when it reacts with the gases in our atmosphere and creates light in the sky with stunning visual display of hues like pink and green. However this rare sight is difficult to spot as it requires some specific conditions and the most suitable time to witness this miracle of nature is during the winter.

Explore glaciers

Winter in New Zealand is also a perfect time to travel if you want to witness ancient glaciers like Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers which are located on the West Coast of the South Island. Weather is more settled here during winter season flaunting clearer skies which means that you can have fantastic glacier hiking and helicopter tours.

Hot pools

Due to its thermal activity, there are natural hot springs are almost everywhere in New Zealand and undoubtedly winter is the best time to enjoy them. To get rejuvenated and relaxed in the hot springs, one can visit Mauri, Tekapo or Hanmer.

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