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Why you need to come and visit New Zealand this winter

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Whilst our shores may be more appealing during the summer months when the sun shines bright and the days are long, visitors are really missing out if they don’t come and check out New Zealand in the winter months – we truly live in a stunning country! From mountains to beaches, North to South, beauty is all around us. Thanks to our GO Snap Happy Competition and good old Instagram, we’ve got some amazing pictures to share with you to show you why you need to come and visit New Zealand this winter – let’s check them out!

Coromandel

The Coromandel Peninsula is a beautiful place to visit in the winter. On a crisp winter’s day, the colour of the landscape looks amazing! Check out this awesome photos sent in by one of our GO Explorers on a recent trip to the Coromandel – stunning!

A view over the Coromandel Peninsula in the winter

A view over the Coromandel Peninsula in the winter

Whilst your down at the Coromandel, make sure you head to Cathedral Cove – just as stunning in winter as during the summer months. A visit to Hot Water Beach is always a favourite at this time of year too – a chance to warm up in a pretty unique way!

Cathedral Cove is a great place to visit in the winter

Cathedral Cove is a great place to visit in the winter

Coromandel Peninsula Complete Guide

Canterbury

Canterbury is an awesome place to visit at this time of year. With ski fields located just 45 minutes from downtown Christchurch, it’s a great place for some winter adventures. The nearby Port Hills are also pretty stunning as you can see from this awesome shot captured by one of our GO Explorers in our recent GO Snap Happy competition.

The Port Hills around Canterbury are simply stunning in the winter months

The Port Hills around Canterbury are simply stunning in the winter months

Christchurch Complete Guide

Auckland

Whilst Auckland doesn’t get as cold as many part of the country, it’s still a great place to visit in the winter. We just love the clear sunny days which usually start with a crisp cold morning. A great place to head on a day like that is to the top of Mt Eden where you will get some amazing views back over the city and out to the Hauraki Gulf. Another great photo from a Go Explorer!

View from the top of M Eden, Auckland during the winter

View from the top of M Eden, Auckland during the winter

Auckland Complete Guide

Queenstown

Queenstown is always a popular destination at this time of year – amazing skiing but some amazing hikes and tramps too! Check out this great photo from one of our GO Explorers looking out across Lake Wakitipu to the snowcapped mountains beyond – beautiful!

A view across Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown during the winter

A view across Lake Wakitipu, Queenstown during the winter

Queenstown Complete Guide

Tongariro

Another popular destination with skiers, snowboarders and trampers is National Park, Tongariro. Whether it’s skiing down Mt Ruapehu or tramping the Tongariro Crossing, this place is pretty magical in the winter months. Another great photo from Instagrammer Brixton Kiwi.

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Mt Maunganui

Another great seaside destination in the winter months is the Mount. Climbing to the top on a cold day gives you some pretty amazing views back down over the coastline and the sea and sky put on quite a show with some stunning blues and turquoises during these colder months. Another great shot from Instagram.

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Tauranga/Mt Maunganui Complete Guide

We’d love to know your favourite place to visit during the winter months and definitely share some of your awesome pictures with us! You can see more wonderful winter pics from around New Zealand at the #winternz and of course you can check out all of our amazing GO Snap Happy competition entries on our Facebook page each month where you can vote for your favourite.

GO Play activities in this area

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    America's Cup Sailing

    Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm to help steer on course or work hard on the grinders to hoist the mainsail during this hands on sailing adventure on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. Relax with the wind in your face as you sit back and chat to our professional crew about the techniques, tactics and principles of sailing these boats.

    Viaduct Harbour. Tel : 0800 397 567

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    Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    "Winter: guided tours. Summer: Freedom hike. Transport and gear provided. Operates daily, weather dependent. Call the day before to confirm booking. Book direct - use your GO Play card"

    National Park Tongariro Tel: 0800 386 925