Jump aboard and take off with us as we take you to the must-see highlights of South Island on this epic snow adventure. We offer the best of both worlds giving you the opportunity to ski or snowboard at up to 4 different fields while showing you the best winter locations in New Zealand.
Travel New Zealand during winter.
New Zealand is well known for its skiing, fresh powder and long snow season, but there's more to this country than just hitting the slopes in winter. Winter in New Zealand is classed as from May until September. It's a great time of year to take an adventure tour. Although self-driving is popular in New Zealand, sleeping in a campervan isn't too fun during the winter months. Wouldnt you prefer to be in the warmth of a hostel?
We have lots of small group adventure tours specializing in exploring New Zealand in winter.
On our 6 days Ski and Snow tour from Christchurch, you will experience the best of South Island like Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo all the way to the buzz of Queenstown, a true winter town. Unlike Europe where your off-piste resort life happens up the mountain, in New Zealand all the action takes place at the bottom of the mountain. In Queenstown! This small town is surrounded by the Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona which ensures its the gateway for all Ski and Snowboarders here on holiday. Plus a few famous faces too if you're a Winter Olympics fan! Queenstown is so busy during winter it has a party vibe every night, with so many bars and restaurants for you to warm up in after a day on the slopes. Finish our 6-day winter tour in Queenstown and stay for a few extra days to soak up the atmosphere or book a couple more days Skiing or snowboarding.
For those who have a little bit more time to journey through New Zealand in winter check out our 9 day Alpine Explorer tour. This tour takes in Franz Joseph, which is a glacier that can be visited all year round, but when better than on a crisp winters day! This tour gives you the chance to Ski or Snowboard in 4 different locations in New Zealand. Plus a swim in the Tekapo hot springs is a must do after a days hiking in the colder climate of the South Island.
All our accommodated tours have winter options in both the North and the South Islands of New Zealand. We guarantee every departure on our winter tours, so you can be sure there is always a tour that will suit you in New Zealand. Some say New Zealand is more beautiful in winter, with the snow-capped mountains around every corner and fewer tourists so you can feel like you have the country all to yourself. Plus the winter isn't as cold as many of us are used to in Europe and North America, it's actually rather pleasant with sunny days allowing for plenty of outdoor hiking and exploring. The soft light of a winters evening in New Zealand is perfect for snapping your new facebook profile picture, it just makes everything look perfect.
The North Island isn't as cold as the South. Its a rather temperate climate, so during winter you can still spend our days exploring forests, walking our beautiful beaches and taking in the culture. In the evening our properties will offer a warm place to relax by the fire, cook an evening meal and get a well earned nights rest. For a vacation in the North to stay out of the very cold area of New Zealand our 13 day Full North Island Auckland to Auckland tour is ideal for you to see the full range of wonder the north has to offer in the winter months.
The South Island is where winter really shines, with snow-dusted landscapes and magnificent glaciers this is a region better in winter! With Whales, Seals and Dolphins ever present in Kaikoura you are able to see all our native wildlife here in New Zealand even during the colder months. Our 10 day Best of the South Island winter tour takes in Franz Josef to see the glacier, Wanaka to bike around the lake to keep warm and Queenstown for the best hot chocolate we have ever tasted at Patagonia whilst you marvel at the Lake.
One main tip from the team here at Real Kiwi Adventures: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” So make sure you have packed an extra jumper, waterproof jacket, some good quality walking shoes and a warm hat so you really fit into the Kiwi way of doing winter right.
Enjoy your winter tour in New Zealand.
9-day winter New Zealand tour, either heading South first toward the ritz and glamour of Queenstown or heading West and down the rugged and pristine West Coast of the South Island. This tour not only gives you the opportunity to ski 4 different mountains but also takes you to the base of Mt Cook; NZ’s highest peak, over the Southern Alps on one of world’s most famous train journeys, through 3 alpine passes and close to two different ice glaciers.... wow what more can you ask for within an action packed 9 days of showcasing NZ’s best winter wonderland!
Spend 10 days and 9 nights exploring the North Island including the famous surf beach of Raglan, Maori cultural sites, Tongariro National Park, a stunning conservation farm and the nation's capital of Wellington. On this New Zealand tour spend eight days and seven nights exploring the North Island including famous surf beach of Raglan, Maori cultural sites, a stunning conservation farm, hike volcanic craters, discover the emerald and blue crater lakes of Tongariro and traverse Mount Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe). You'll travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway and experience hot water beach, the bubbling mud pools of Rotorua, Lake Taupo: a crater lake caused by the biggest eruption New Zealand has ever seen and the nation's capital of Wellington
Discover the highlights of the diverse North Island from its beaches and islands to its famous mountains and rich Maori culture. Visit the Bay of Islands, Raglan, Tongariro National Park, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Whakahoro and Wellington on this 13 day adventure starting and finishing in Auckland.
Witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wondrous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites you will visit include Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all!
Experience most of the highlights of this magnificent country on this winter adventure starting and finishing in Auckland over 24 days and 23 nights. Witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wondrous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites you will visit include Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all!
Witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wonderful wildlife. Among the sites you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all!
Over 27 days you will witness the vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wondrous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites, you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all! You'll travel in a small group with a fully qualified local guide, exploring unique destinations and immersing yourself in local culture and New Zealand's beautiful environment.
Get your adventure on in the beautiful village of Queenstown, explore the natural wonder that is Franz Josef Glacier and stay at the foot of New Zealand's largest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook. This and much more awaits you on this 10 day / 9 night winter tour.
Keen for some spectacular snow-capped scenery mixed in with some adrenalin, marine wildlife and a bit of culture along the way? Then the South Island of New Zealand is your oyster on this 15 day Winter. Visit all of the main sites you have ever desired including Franz Josef, Queenstown, Abel Tasman, Kaikoura, Doubtful Sound and Wanaka and even some you may not have heard of!
This tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch and allows you to see the highlights New Zealand has to offer including Rotorua maori culture, Abel Tasman National Park, Doubtful Sound, Kaikoura, Queenstown and much, much more. You'll be able to conquer your fair share of the New Zealand terrain. Hike the volcanic craters of middle earth and traverse icy glaciers as you take in all the highlights of the North Island and South Islands.
Our mission is to get you off the beaten track around New Zealand amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! Travel to the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.