Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime? We have some great ideas for your next road trip. New Zealand just happens to be one of our favourite destinations, and we are confident that you will like it too! All you need is a motorhome and a map and you are set to have an unforgettable road trip to a place known for its friendly people, its fascinating history and its extremely gorgeous natural wonders.

New Zealand is full of so many incredible locations and activities to see and do.  To help you get started in planning, here are some of the hottest NZ destinations to visit during the winter. Include one or two on your road trip itinerary – or include them all! You won’t be disappointed.

Queenstown

"Winter Queenstown." BY Bernard Spragg. NZ via flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/9721028559 under a Public Domain

It’s almost as if winter was made for Queenstown. People in this area love everything about winter time and this is one reason why you should include it on your list of places to see. From the festivals in Queenstown to the ski fields, there is plenty of winter fun for the snow lovers who visit New Zealand.

While Queenstown is popular all throughout the year, you should see the way that the city comes alive, and of course, how magical the landscape looks with the snowfall during the winter. It’s also a great destination to take your kids as there are plenty of fun activities for the whole family in the winter.

Treble Cone

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Treble Cone is located near Lake Wanaka and is known for being a great destination for skiers looking for a beautiful place to enjoy the winter. The area has some of the best snow in New Zealand and usually has a whole lot of it, making it ideal for skiers who want to enjoy some time on the slopes while exploring this gorgeous country.

Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a must-see location in New Zealand at any time of the year, but it is even more special in the winter. The beauty of the coastline and distant mountains in this area is one reason why people love to visit Kaikoura. Plus, it’s renowned for being a great place to be able to observe marine wildlife in the winter — especially sperm whales and Orcas.

Rotorua

"Hot Springs" BY Erik Streufert via flickr.com/photos/erikstreufert/72982580 under a Creative Commons attribution CC BY-2.0. Full license terms at creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0

What better way to warm up while traveling around New Zealand than to visit the hot springs of Rotorua? Not only will you enjoy the beauty of this region, but you will be able to learn more about the fascinating Maori culture. If you want to spend time relaxing in the water, but the winter cold snap is hitting you  – then this is the place to be! Take a dip in the warm waters and you will realise that you won’t ever want to leave! It’s not hard to see why tourists just love visiting Rotorua.

Central Otago

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What could possibly be more warming than enjoying a delicious glass of red wine during the cold months in New Zealand? Not much. This is one reason why you should put Central Otago on the map as it is known for being a great place for rich reds. Whether you take a bike to cycle the region or simply explore in your rental motorhome, you will be rewarded with a plethora of gorgeous landscapes and scenery. Get cozy in your motorhome and enjoy a winter full of wine, good food, and friendly people.

Taupo

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While Taupo is definitely a must-do during the summer months, it has its own unique charm during the winter months. Best of all, it isn’t as crowded as other places are during a New Zealand winter. It has a breathtaking waterfall called Huka Falls, the Aratiatia Rapids, as well as its share of geothermal springs.

Mt. Cook

"Mt Cook National Park" BY Bernard Spragg. NZ via flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/840063176 under a Public Domain

Mount Cook is a favourite for winter exploring. While it isn’t suggested for those without any previous mountaineering experience, those who have been adventurous when it comes to winter climbing will enjoy the journey. If you’re not ready for such a challenge, there are helicopter tours in the area that will allow you to get a view of one of New Zealand’s most majestic mountains.

Fox Glacier

"Fox Glacier NZ" BY Bernard Spragg. NZ via flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/8400100946. Under a public domain

As you probably guessed, the best time to see Fox Glacier is during the winter. During this time, you will be able to see incredible formations in the glaciers. Plus, there are noticeably less tourists in the area during the colder months. Whether you observe it from the sky or you choose to hike it with a guide, this destination will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip.

 

As you can see, there are plenty of places to visit during the winter months in New Zealand. While all these places are beautiful during the summer, they have their own unique beauty during the winter, as well. So, if you find yourself needing a holiday during the winter and want to road trip in a rental motorhome, these above destinations are some of the best for your winter vacation.

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