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In New Zealand, the winter season runs all the way from June to August, and is actually one of the peak travel seasons in the country. People from all across the country and different parts of the world come here to enjoy snowboarding and skiing in the Kiwi land. Here, you always have a chance to see snow-top mountains from the Southern Alps. You can also hop over to the north to witness Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki. Let’s find out more about these winter destinations in New Zealand that you can easily access via bus charter for your travel group.
Forming an elegant backdrop to the Kaikoura Coast and Kaikoura itself, the Kaikoura range is often snow-capped in wintertime. The only time of the year when it’s not recommended to visit this place is during the rainy season, as you won’t be able to soak up the views. You will find a lot of seals out here lying down on coastal rocks, as you follow Fyffe Quay, Avoca Street and Esplanade to the parking lot at Kean. If you want some expansive views from higher levels, go on a stroll through the Kaikoura Peninsula Railway skirting the coast. Before you plan a visit, make sure the weather is forecasted to be clear and the trail is open.
For those of you who didn’t know, this region is famous for the Lord of the Rings scenery, and you can expect that kind of ambiance in reality. There are several mountains and lakes in and around the area that look jaw-dropping with snow in winter. You can follow either Hakatere Heron Road or Potts Roads to get to Lakes Heron and Camp to witness snow-capped mountains. Make sure to get a 4WD car to drive through these gravel roads. Another alternative is to drive past the Lake Clearwater toward Mount Sunday and Mount Potts. You do not have to go all the way to the summit; the view should be good enough at the point when the road dips down.
By virtue of its high elevation, the Mackenzie District including the towns of Tekapo, Fairlie and Twizel is always snowy. You can drive through the city of Christchurch all the way to Lake Tekapo in a couple of hours, depending on the traffic. Located at an elevation of 2250 ft., the snow falls down to almost 1600 ft. covering the entire Lake. It’s a magnificent sight to watch! Drive up to the Mount John Observatory or follow the Mount John Walkway to soak up impressive views of the mountains surrounding the lake. You also have an option to visit Lake Pukaki to witness Ben Ohau range and Mount Cook buried in snow and clouds.
If you are looking for a scenic drive gliding past the winter blues of New Zealand, look no further than Lindis Pass. Sometimes, its plagued by fog during the winters, and you need to choose the right day to venture out. Make sure to carry snow chains with you, since the roads are more likely to be covered with snow, given that it’s a mountain pass. If road conditions are dangerous for driving, it may remain closed for days.
A good side trip to Lindis Pass is a drive in Ahuriri Conservation Park, where you don’t have to drive all the way to get striking views of the mountains, just like Hakatere Conservation Park. Just a short drive away, hardly 10 minutes on Birchwood Road will take you to fantastic sweeping views of mountains and the Ahuriri River.
Generally a good place to visit round the year, Lake Wanaka is often snow-capped during the winter months, just like a cover to a pillow. You have to choose a good day to catch Lake Wanaka in good shape, since it tends to be plagued by low-hanging clouds and fog in winter. Once you get hold of a moderately pleasant weather, don’t be hesitant in walking up to Mount Roy in order to enjoy splendid scenic views of Mount Aspiring and Lake Wanaka. Ensure the weather conditions are good enough to make the most of this trip.
Nothing can be more satisfying than a long drive past the State Highway 85 piercing through Central Otago. You can either pass through Alexandra or Clyde to Omakau and continuing onto Idaburn. Along the way, you can enjoy views of Hawkdun Range as well. Choose a partly cloudy or cloudless day to explore the region, since temperatures can go tremendously down on some day, leaving you with unearthly and foggy views.
With a number of ski fields in the city, Queenstown is a busy place in winter with lots to explore. If you do not fancy skiing, you can go snowshoeing on trails that are generally utilised as walking trails in autumn, spring or summer. These include a number of trails on The Remarkables and The Queenstown Hill Time Walk.
If you are in quest of a scenic drive, go past the Crown Range Road to reach a picturesque lookout to enjoy the views of snow-topped mountains. Since the path goes through a mountain pass, you will be required to carry chains in order to strip the way. Make sure to follow the signs or else you will be fined.
West Coast is not only famous for the coastal views, but also the snow-covered Southern Alps towards the east. One of the best places to visit here is Lake Matheson. Also, you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Fox Glacier, while you are there. The best part about this place is moderately pleasant weather even during winter times.
Choose New Zealand Bus Charter For A Convenient Ride
A trip to these areas require advance planning and you certainly have to consider proper transportation options. The reliable service of bus charter with local drivers in New Zealand is the best choice you can make, especially if you are travelling in a group. Save yourself from unnecessary “adventure”, especially if you are visiting the country for the first time during the winter season!