NZ Southern Winter Wonderlands

See and Do Everything in New Zealand's Winter

New Zealand Winter Itinerary

14 days, $9,000 NZD

Start and Finish Christchurch

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Embrace the Ultimate Winter Adventure: All-Inclusive Guided Snow Holiday Tour in New Zealand’s South Island

Embarking on an all-inclusive guided winter snow holiday tour through New Zealand’s captivating South Island is a choice that promises an immersive and hassle-free experience, tailor-made to showcase the enchanting beauty of the region during its snow-clad months. The prospect of visiting New Zealand in winter might spark questions about the allure of such a journey. Is it worth going to NZ in winter? Can you road trip New Zealand in winter? Is it safe to drive the South Island of New Zealand in winter? Is 2 months in New Zealand too long? These questions lay the foundation for an exploration that encompasses extraordinary vistas, thrilling activities, premium accommodations, and the reassurance of safety.


Curated Winter Itineraries

An all-inclusive guided winter snow holiday tour introduces you to thoughtfully curated New Zealand winter travel itineraries. These itineraries encompass the best of the South Island in winter, presenting an ideal blend of adventure and relaxation. From the lively cityscapes to the tranquil alpine villages, your journey unveils the unique charm of New Zealand’s winter landscape.


Things to do in Winter New Zealand

The Christchurch International Antarctic Centre in New Zealand is a fascinating attraction focused on Antarctica. Experience an icy storm, meet adorable penguins, and learn about polar exploration. Cutting-edge exhibits, simulations, and real-life artifacts offer immersive insights into the frozen continent’s environment, history, and scientific research.

Kaikoura Whale Watching

Kaikoura, New Zealand, offers exceptional whale watching due to its deep ocean trench. Encounter majestic sperm whales year-round, along with dolphins, seals, and albatross. Scenic beauty and diverse marine life create a remarkable eco-tourism experience for visitors seeking unforgettable encounters with magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Hanmer Springs Hot Pools

Nestled in New Zealand’s South Island, Hanmer Springs Hot Pools is a serene geothermal oasis. Relax in soothing mineral-rich waters, surrounded by stunning alpine landscapes. The complex features various pools, including private options, offering a therapeutic and picturesque escape that draws visitors seeking relaxation and natural rejuvenation.

TranzAlpine Train

During winter, the TranzAlpine Train’s journey through New Zealand’s Southern Alps becomes a magical snowscape. Snow-draped landscapes, icy rivers, and snow-capped peaks create a picturesque scene. Passengers are treated to a unique winter wonderland experience, adding an extra layer of enchantment to the already breathtaking journey between Christchurch and Greymouth.

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, located on New Zealand’s West Coast, are remarkable natural wonders. These advancing and retreating glaciers flow from the Southern Alps to near sea level, creating a stunning contrast with lush rainforests. Visitors can explore the ice formations and scenic beauty through guided tours, hikes, and helicopter rides.

High Country Farm Experience

New Zealand’s High Country Farm experiences offer an authentic rural adventure. Visitors can immerse themselves in the life of a working farm amidst breathtaking alpine landscapes. Enjoy sheep shearing, mustering, and genuine hospitality. These experiences provide insight into traditional farming practices while showcasing the region’s stunning natural beauty.

Wanaka Cross Country Skiing And Snowshoeing

Wanaka, New Zealand, offers exceptional cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Explore snow-covered trails amidst the Southern Alps’ splendor. Cross-country skiing allows for serene exploration, while snowshoeing provides access to pristine landscapes. Both activities embrace the winter wonderland, providing unique ways to engage with Wanaka’s stunning backcountry during the colder months.

Queenstown Dog SleddingQueenstown offers a unique blend of experiences. Enjoy the thrill of dog sledding through snow-clad terrain, guided by enthusiastic teams. Afterward, unwind in the region’s soothing hot pools, surrounded by panoramic mountain views. This juxtaposition of adventure and relaxation creates a memorable winter escape in the Southern Hemisphere.

Dark Sky Stargazing ToursLake Tekapo, New Zealand, is renowned for its unparalleled stargazing. The area’s low light pollution and clear skies make it an International Dark Sky Reserve. Marvel at the Southern Hemisphere’s constellations, planets, and the Milky Way. Observatories and guided tours enhance the celestial experience, offering a breathtaking connection to the cosmos.

Winter Activities in New Zealand


Meet you guide, settle in, briefing and preparations for tour, see local sights in Christchurch

* Itinerary will depend on arrival time of group

09:00-11:00 Christchurch International Antarctic Centre

12:00-13:00 Lunch at Riverside market

14:00-16:00 Christchurch Tram and Avon river Punting

07:00-09:30 Drive to Kaikoura

10:00-13:30 Kaikoura Whale Watching (Picnic/packed Lunch on board)

14:00-15:00 Seal Sightings

15:00-17:00 Drive to Hanmer Hot Springs

09:00-11:00 Hanmer Springs Hot Pools and Waterslides

12:00-13:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Drive to Christchurch

09:00-12:00 Drive to Arthurs Pass

12:00-13:00 Lunch and Keas

13:00-15:00 Drive to Greymouth

08:00-11:00 Drive to Fox Glacier

11:30-12:30 Lunch

13:00-16:00 Fox Glacier Helicopter and Hike

10:00-16:00 Drive to Queenstown Sightseeing on route

08:00-10:00 Disc Golf

11:00-14:30 Walter Peak High country farm experience and Steamboat, Horse ride and animals

15:00-18:00 Gondola, Luge and Stratosphere Diner

09:00-10:00 Onsen Hot Pools

10:30-11:30 Lunch

12:00-13:00 Bus

13:30-16:30 Wanaka cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

17:00-18:00 Bus

09:00-11:00 Drive to Wanaka with sightseeing

11:30-12:30 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Lake and Clutha River Mountain Bike

15:30-17:00 Mt Iron Walk

09:00-12:00 Drive to Mount Cook

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-17:00 Mount Cook Glacier Alpine walk

10:00-11:30 Drive to Lake Tekapo

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:30-16:30 Ice Skating and Snow Tubing

17:00-18:00 Dinner

18:30-20:30 Stargazing Mt John Observatory

08:30-11:30 Drive to Christchurch

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:30 Gondola and Port Hills scenic lookout

14:30-17:00 MTB down and New Brighton Hot Pools

Debrief, review or experience and learnings, sharing stories and goodbyes

Immersion in Winter Magic

During your guided tour, you’ll find that the South Island’s snowy landscapes possess a certain magic that’s only experienced during the winter season. This immersion into winter in New Zealand grants you the opportunity to engage in a diverse array of things to do in winter, ranging from exhilarating outdoor adventures like skiing and snowboarding to more serene activities like hot pool relaxation and stargazing amidst the crisp night air.

Premium Accommodations

As you traverse the South Island on this guided all-inclusive winter snow holiday tour, you’ll be treated to premium accommodations that reflect the region’s unique character. From charming lodges nestled in alpine valleys to luxurious resorts overlooking tranquil lakes, these accommodations serve as comfortable havens after your day’s exploration.


  • All food and drinks (mixture of cafes, restaurants, artisan meal packs)
  • Private transport
  • Private accommodation (mixture of Airbnb Kiwi-Homes, high-end Hostels, Motels, Hotels and Resorts
  • Activities and excursions
  • Tour guide
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Navigating the Roads with Confidence

Concerns about road conditions and safety are natural when considering a South Island road trip during winter. Can you road trip New Zealand in winter? With a guided tour, the answer is a resounding yes. Expert local guides are well-equipped to navigate through the changing weather conditions, ensuring a safe and smooth journey while maximizing your experience of winter in New Zealand.

Safety and Peace of Mind

Addressing the question of safety: Is it safe to drive the South Island of New Zealand in winter? Safety remains a priority, and your guided tour takes this into account. The experienced guides have an intimate understanding of the local terrain and weather patterns, allowing them to make informed decisions to ensure your safety while delivering an unforgettable experience.

Things to do in Winter New Zealand


  • Flights to and from New Zealand
  • Optional and additional activities
  • Clothing and equipment hire

14 days: the Ideal Duration

Considering the duration of your visit, is 2 months in New Zealand too long? Not if you combine your tour with a two week guided all-inclusive winter snow holiday tour. Or, simply come to New Zealand for 14 days on our alpine tour. This timeframe offers ample opportunity to explore the South Island’s diverse landscapes, engage in a multitude of winter activities, and truly immerse yourself in the culture and beauty that define New Zealand.

What are you witing for?

An all-inclusive guided winter snow holiday tour across New Zealand’s South Island is an exceptional way to embrace the allure of winter in a pristine and comprehensive manner. From meticulously curated itineraries to premium accommodations and the reassurance of safety, this journey ensures that you’ll make the most of your visit. So, whether you’re pondering the worth of visiting New Zealand in winter, seeking confirmation about the feasibility of a winter road trip, or considering the ideal duration for your adventure, this guided tour offers an unmatched experience that will leave you with cherished memories of an extraordinary winter journey in New Zealand’s South Island.

2024 NZ-Winter tour dates:

  • June: 2-15, 16-29
  • July: 30(Jun.)-13, 14-27
  • August: 28(Jul.)-10, 11-24, 25-7(Sep.)
  • September: 8-21, 22-5(Oct.)

2025 NZ-Winter tour dates:

  • June: 1-14, 15-28
  • July: 29(Jun.)-12, 13-26, 27-9(Aug.)
  • August: 10-23, 24-6(Sep.)
  • September: 7-20, 21-4(Oct.)

Alternative dates

NZ Alpine Parrot Kea

14 days, $9,000 NZD

Start and Finish Christchurch