While it’s relatively easy to pick a destination to enjoy in New Zealand over the summer months, picking a spot during the winter months is a little more challenging – or at least so it may seem. We say that because we know there are some great experiences to be had all over the country, even when the temperatures are a little cooler and the weather a little wetter.

To prove it we thought we’d highlight 6 great places to visit in New Zealand this winter to add to your diaries for some great times and memories.

1. Queenstown

Queenstown is the most popular destination in New Zealand during the winter months, mainly thanks to the world-class skiing opportunities that you can experience. With four ski fields all within an hours’ driving distance, it’s a great place to base yourself for some winter skiing and snowboarding. We have teamed up with the Cardrona Ski Resort and to offer GO Rentals’ customers a 10% discount on all ski passes when they rent their car with us. It’s as easy as one, two GO – simply rent your car, show your keys and get your discounted ski pass!

Check out this great photo from one of our GO Explorers looking out across Lake Wakitipu to the snowcapped mountains beyond – beautiful!

A view across Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown during the winter
A view across Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown during the winter

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2. Canterbury

Canterbury is an awesome place to visit at this time of year. With ski fields located just 45 minutes from downtown Christchurch, it’s a great place for some winter adventures. The nearby Port Hills are also pretty stunning as you can see from this awesome shot captured by one of our GO Explorers in our recent GO Snap Happy competition.

In North Canterbury, another great place to visit is Hamner Springs where you can relax in the sublime thermal pools and spas, the perfect tonic for a cool winter’s day. And we can’t talk about Canterbury without mentioning the stunning Lake Tekapo – an amazing sight at any time of year.

The Port Hills around Canterbury are simply stunning in the winter months
The Port Hills around Canterbury are simply stunning in the winter months

 

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3. The Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful place to visit in the winter. On a crisp winter’s day, the colour of the landscape looks amazing! Check out this awesome photos sent in by one of our GO Explorers on a recent trip to the Coromandel – stunning!

A view over the Coromandel Peninsula in the winter
A view over the Coromandel Peninsula in the winter

Whilst you’re there, make sure you head to Cathedral Cove – just as stunning in winter as during the summer months. A visit to Hot Water Beach is always a favourite too and a chance to warm up in a pretty unique way!

Cathedral Cove is a great place to visit in the winter
Cathedral Cove is a great place to visit in the winter

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4. Auckland

Whilst Auckland doesn’t get as cold as many parts of the country, it’s still a great place to visit in the winter. We just love the clear sunny days which usually start with a crisp cold morning. A great place to head on a day like that is to the top of Mt Eden where you will get some amazing views back over the city and out to the Hauraki Gulf. Another great photo from a GO Explorer!

View from the top of M Eden, Auckland during the winter
View from the top of M Eden, Auckland during the winter

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5. Tongariro

Another popular destination with skiers, snowboarders and trampers is National Park, Tongariro. Whether it’s skiing down Mt Ruapehu or tramping the Tongariro Crossing, this place is pretty magical in the winter months. Another great photo from Instagrammer Brixton Kiwi.

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6. Mt Maunganui

Another great seaside destination in the winter months is The Mount. Climbing to the top on a cold day gives you some pretty amazing views back down over the coastline and the sea and sky put on quite a show with some stunning blues and turquoises during these colder months. Another great shot from Instagram was taken on the Winter Solstice – looks pretty good to us!

 

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We’d love to know your favourite place to visit during the winter months and definitely share some of your awesome pictures with us! You can see more wonderful winter pics from around New Zealand at the #winternz and of course, you can check out all of our amazing GO Snap Happy competition entries on our Facebook page each month where you can vote for your favourite.

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