North Island

Skiing at Mount Ruapehu: Nestled in the heart of the North Island, Mount Ruapehu offers an exhilarating skiing experience. Whether you’re a seasoned snowboarder who frequents these slopes during winter, a beginner learning to ski, or just want to do some sightseeing at Whakapapa, Mount Ruapehu is a family-friendly destination suitable for all ages. Just remember to drive to the conditions on the access roads and fit snow chains if required.

Snowboarding at Turoa: Adventure seekers can head to Turoa, the largest ski area on Mount Ruapehu, for an unforgettable snowboarding experience. Glide down the slopes, perform tricks, and relish the breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanic landscape.

Exploring Tongariro National Park: Discover the winter wonderland of Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a challenging trek that rewards you with awe-inspiring views of volcanic peaks, emerald lakes, and rugged landscapes.

Snowshoeing in Egmont National Park: Snowshoeing is a relatively newer winter activity in New Zealand compared to other outdoor sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. Māori have a rich history of traversing snowy terrains using a similar concept to snowshoes, known as tītīpati. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and venture into Egmont National Park, home to the majestic Mount Taranaki, an active stratovolcano and one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. Experience the tranquillity of the winter forest as you hike through pristine snow-covered trails, surrounded by ancient trees and cascading waterfalls.

Safety is paramount when venturing into New Zealand's winter wilderness, and it is highly recommended that you join guided snowshoeing tours or engage with an experienced local operator. These experts will ensure participants have the appropriate equipment, provide essential safety briefings, and offer valuable insights into the natural and cultural significance of the areas visited.

Skiing on Mt Ruapehu

Skiing on Mt Ruapehu

South Island

Skiing and Snowboarding in Queenstown: Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand and renowned for its breathtaking scenery, Queenstown offers world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Take on the slopes of Coronet Peak or The Remarkables and indulge in the thrill of winter sports against a backdrop of breathtaking alpine scenery.

Ice Climbing at Fox Glacier: Experience a “living” glacier. The dynamic nature of this unique and captivating natural wonder is on the bucket list of many. Unleash your inner adventurer with an ice-climbing expedition on Fox Glacier. Strap on your crampons, wield your ice axe and conquer frozen waterfalls and towering ice formations as you delve into this icy playground.

Snow Tubing in Cardrona: The Southern Alps! Nestled between Queenstown and Wanaka, this resort has something for everyone. Embrace your inner child and experience the sheer joy of snow tubing in Cardrona. Glide down specially designed snow lanes on inflated tubes, spinning and laughing with friends and family as you enjoy this thrilling winter activity.

Winter Wildlife Encounters in Kaikoura: Head to Kaikoura for a unique winter experience—whale watching. Witness magnificent sperm whales breaching the surface, playful dolphins dancing in the waves, and fur seals sunbathing on the rocky shores.

Snow Hiking at Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park: The highest mountain in New Zealand, standing at an impressive height of 3,724 meters. Explore the winter wonderland of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest peak. Embark on a snow hike and be rewarded with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, and glacier-carved valleys.

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