Make The Most of New Zealand’s Winter Wonderland

Yes, the cold snap has arrived in little ol’ New Zealand, but that’s definitely not a reason to stay away.Mount cook with snow

Travelling in a motorhome rental transforms from a carefree summer getaway to a fun-filled winter adventure, not to mention all the off-season discounts and secluded hot spots! And we know just how to make this your best one yet...

A New Zealand winter would not be complete without a trip to Queenstown in your camper.

Travelling in a motorhome is one of the best ways to discover one of New Zealand’s most celebrated regions to visit, stay and ski.

Start by soaking up the incredible views that Queenstown has to offer while skiing or snowboarding until your heart’s content. When you’ve exhausted your ski legs, head back to your warm and cosy Wilderness motorhome to snuggle up with a ‘home cooked’ meal (AKA camper van cooked). Or if cooking doesn’t take your fancy, world-renowned Ferg Burger will definitely satiate the ravenous appetite you’ll have developed from all that fresh mountain air.

Motorhome, sunset, snow

The region really does have four seasons, each with its own flair and personality. If you’ve been to Queenstown in summer, prepare yourself for a completely new awe-inspiring experience in winter and spring. The road over the Crown Range to Wanaka – the highest main road in New Zealand – is a great way to appreciate the change in seasons. Be sure to take a break to warm up at the fire pits at the historic Cadrona Hotel, and then loop back around to Queenstown through the scenic Kawerau Gorge, perhaps indulging at one of the award-winning vineyards on the way.

Queenstown is also home to backcountry skiing and the country’s highest vertical drops for our bold adventure seekers out there.

Warm up in the outdoors

New Zealand is decorated with thermal hot springs to warm up in nature. The most well known hot springs are in Rotorua in the North Island, however, travel further south and you’ll find an oasis of calm at Wairakei Terraces, just a hop, skip and a jump from Lake Taupo.

Ginn's Hot Pool Resort

Ginn's Hot Pool Resort

If you’re planning on spending a part of your motorhome holiday in the South Island, visit Hanmer Springs, near Christchurch, where you can keep your toes warm and even indulge in an overnight pamper package if that’s more your style.

Motorhome your way to the warmer parts of New Zealand

Despite the drop in temperature in some parts, much of New Zealand’s North Island stays at around 10°C - 15°C during winter, perfect for a day hike or bush walk through New Zealand’s native forests which are particularly lush during these months.

One of our favorites is the drive to the very top of New Zealand. From Auckland, leisurely make your way up to Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, pausing along the way for a 5min stroll to take in the majesty of Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest known Kauri Tree.

Cape Reinga

On your descent, make a stop at Ninety Mile Beach for a healthy dose of invigorating sea air, before enjoying an ice-cream in the warm winter sun in Kerikeri.

There’s a whole heap of fun and unique experiences to be had during your time in New Zealand, even during the cooler climes when you don’t have to share the landscape with anyone else. And that’s not all... for even more reasons to tour New Zealand in your campervan during winter, click here.

Get in touch with one of our team here to enquire about your winter wonderland holiday today.

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