Winter is coming! As the frost turns the mountains white, NZ campervan hire rates drop as well. This creates a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to bond this season. You would be surprised with what the twin islands have to offer all year round, even during the wintry months!

With that, we compiled several amazing destinations that you could explore this season . It’s great to have an idea of what’s out there before checking your campervan rental options in New Zealand. It would save you time as well as money and of course, guarantee a memorable vacation

 

Lake Tekapo Lightshow

Lake Tekapo is one of the best locations to witness the southern lights or Aurora Australis. According to regular observers, winter would be the best time to watch the glistening southern lights.

"Church Of The Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo” by Jose Gallego available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/7274970@N06/18336371889/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"Church Of The Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo” by Jose Gallego available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/7274970@N06/18336371889/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ BY Jose Gallego

For years, Lake Tekapo in the South Island has been a favourite destination for stargazers as well as those who would wish to witness this stellar display of greens or purples in the sky. Apart from that, the lake itself is an excellent destination where couples can spend quality time while enjoying the picturesque surrounds of the placid lake.

 

Milford Sound Sightseeing

Southwest of Lake Tekapo, Milford Sound is another spectacular destination in the South Island. The Māori call the land “Piopiotahi,” which is an extinct bird endemic in the region.

"Milford Sound” by edwin.11 available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwin11/4688488314/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

"Milford Sound” by edwin.11 available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/edwin11/4688488314/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ BY edwin.11

Milford Sound is part of the Fiordland National Park and it rests at the northern portion of the nature reserve. You can head off to a scenic tour via campervan. Or catch the rapids on a kayak as you go deeper in the national park. Catch your breath while you take in the splendour of the entire nature reserve.

 

Terrific Treble Cone

If you’re an extreme sports enthusiast, Treble Cone is one destination you shouldn’t miss. It’s regarded as the largest ski resort in the South Island with a ski area of 550 hectares and elevation of 2088 metres.

"Treble Cone” by Kiwi Flickr available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwi/14302684996/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

"Treble Cone” by Kiwi Flickr available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwi/14302684996/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ BY Kiwi Flickr

There are a variety of activities designed for amateur and pro-skiers like the school holiday ski race camp, snow sports school programme and “interfield” race.

 

Great Barrier Bird Watching

At the North Island, the Great Barrier Island is one of the best destinations for bird watching! The island has had very little human interference since the colonial past and remains as wild and beautiful as ever.

"Great Barrier Island” by David Baron available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dbaron/16664331616/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"Great Barrier Island” by David Baron available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dbaron/16664331616/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ BY David Baron

The variety of birds that could be seen on the island includes species of petrels, pigeons, prions, and shags. Captain James Cook gave the name “Great Barrier” to the island because it forms “a barrier between Hauraki Gulf and the sea.”

 

Hawke’s Bay Bubbly Wines

Complete your memorable trip to New Zealand’s iconic winter destinations with a bottle of chilled, crisp wines perfectly aged in Hawke’s Bay.

"Heretaunga Plains, Hawkes Bay looking towards Napier, Tukituki River centre-right” by Aidan available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/aidanwojtas/765261602/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

"Heretaunga Plains, Hawkes Bay looking towards Napier, Tukituki River centre-right” by Aidan available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/aidanwojtas/765261602/ under a Creative Commons Attribution. Full license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ BY Aidan

Hawke’s Bay is the North Island’s pride when it comes to a variety of red wines  because of its southern French climate like that of Bordeaux. The area is also home to grape varieties used in making  chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.  End the day with clinking glasses paired with cheerful conversations.

These are just some of the best places to visit in New Zealand during winter. Actually, there are a lot of places you could visit while on a hired campervan, all you need to do is to let your imagination guide you to endless travel possibilities.

Have you decided where to go in New Zealand this winter? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and share your campervan experiences in New Zealand and Australia.

 


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