Everything looks good in white, admit it. People are planning their abroad trips more now and then and every year the number of people visiting foreign lands is increasing drastically. If New Zealand is on the list of possible destinations, keep it till the winter arrives, not only it will save the money but also no overcrowded places. During winters, New Zealand turns into something more of white Nation with surroundings covered in snow, as far as the eyes can see.
If you’re thinking you won’t get to do a lot there, fear not for the article is focused on the activities or things you not only can engage in but actually enjoy more.
1. Play in snow: It so doesn’t mean you go and jump in the snow, well it’s not a bad idea though only let’s keep that part for later. New Zealand witnesses heavy snowfall every year making everything pearl white. The sight itself is enough to give softness to the sore eyes. There are numerous mountains you head to for skiing or snowboarding, Mt. Ruapehu for instance, that provides snow games throughout the year. So what if one has never been on ski or snowboard before, there are places to cater the needs of rookie riders. Instruction facility is also available to guide a beginner. You don’t get to travel New Zealand every time, don’t miss out on fun just yet. The trip goes even better if there’s someone to company, say a friend or a loved one or the family.
One can head to snowboard camp for a 5-day course or a family snowboard trip.
2. Winter Games: New Zealand holds winter games every two years and if your visit fell in the second year you might get lucky to watch various outdoor sports all on snow. The fun part is no one charges a dime to let spectators see professionals in action. One can also enjoy the music concerts and live performances besides the game. The heated competitive atmosphere around the arena will take your chills away. A nice way to spend some quality time in the Southern Alps.
3. The Hot-hot springs: Oh! New Zealand shelters a lot of natural hot springs, people who visit the country regardless of what time of year never forget to dive in one of the springs and relax and there’s no better way to spend your days. It could be your first thing in the morning or last resort at the end. Head near Rotorua, the biggest geothermal valley in New Zealand, enjoy the warm and cozy environment surrounded by boiling mud pools which can be enjoyed in winters as a lot of visitors do, geysers, and hot water pits. Lake Taupo in the north island is also world famous for natural hot water as well as Hanmer springs at the south island. As its winter, you won’t find the place crowded, not many people can stand cold giving you room for plenty of fun in the pool without being embarrassed.
4. The South Island: This part of the New Zealand cannot be explained in words, frosty white southern alps extending to the horizon looks wonderful. You can take a 6-7 days drive trip covering the region while getting familiar with various places, meeting nicest of people and plunging into the world class cuisine. Go sightseeing nearby to Abel Tasman, Josef Glacier, Fiordland National Park and many more places. You can also skii on the Treble cone, a simpler track for beginners.
5. TranzAlpine Train Journey: This train connects east and west coasts of the south island, you may have ridden trains before, however, the TranzAlpine journey is on the another level and that too in the laps of southern alps. See the stunning surroundings unfold at every step of the journey, mesmerized, you’d ask for more. The stretch includes Arthur’s Pass National park’s snow field as well as Canterbury plain’s snow covered valley.
6. Watch Whales: The deep sea creatures come to surface for a very short span of time before diving back in, an extremely low number of people have actually witnessed this sumptuous being and you can be the lucky one if visiting New Zealand in winters since these creatures can only be spotted during winters and Autumn when they are migrating. Kaikoura is the best place to ogle the humongous mammals, there are tour programs which will take you into the sea on one of the ferries with a guide tagged along. Feel free to capture the giants on your camera and make a memory of a lifetime.
7. Them Wineries: Who doesn’t love wine? It’s good for health, lots of polyphenol, antioxidants and what not. You can have a go at one of many wineries located across the country. There are varieties of red and white wines to choose from. Central Otago which once was said not compatible for wineries, now houses the famous and many types of red wines. Marlborough in the south island of the New Zealand is known to make quality white wines. Sit at the restaurant and dive in some delicious local cuisines along with premium class white wine. Nothing satisfies hunger better than a good meal and good booze.
8. The Adrenaline Sports: Probably winter is the only season when you need to build the heat inside and why not when the temperature is near freezing. New Zealand is filled various adrenaline pumping sports that one can engage in. Not only will it beat the cold but also you’ll get something worth remembering. Bungy Jumping in Queenstown during the night is the sport gaining popularity among the tourist visiting country in winters. Mountain biking down the trails or if you possess the guts, cliff diving also ain’t a bad idea.
Do not wait anymore, plan your trip to New Zealand right this moment, pre-book flight tickets, make a wish list, schedule the places you’d want to visit and do so for winters. The land shows something majestic, something alien that you may not witness anywhere, again. And mind the cold it gets below 0 degrees. Cheers traveling!
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