Pete’s Winter Guide to New Zealand
Day 1 – Auckland
Once you land in Auckland, head to the CBD and check into your accommodation. After you’ve had some time to rest you can spend the rest of the day exploring.
Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, is set between two harbours, and has a wide range of things to see and do for the whole family. The mild temperatures in winter make it easy to get out and about and experience vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes.
Day 2 & 3 – Queenstown & Wanaka
Nestled alongside the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snowcapped mountains, Queenstown is the perfect winter holiday destination for the whole family.
Day 4 & 5 – Christchurch
Take a short flight from Queenstown to Christchurch, where there are heaps of fun family activities to enjoy some quality time together. Crisp, calm blue-sky days provide the perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding at one of the many ski fields around the region or take the family to see some New Zealand wildlife.
For some out of town options…
Hanmer Springs is an hour and half from Christchurch and is beautiful, surrounded by a mountain range. The snow often covers the ground and it’s enough to have a snowball battle or to go tobogganing. A visit to the Hot Pools afterwards is a nice experience. Sitting in the steaming hot water and watching the snowflakes melting is very relaxing.
Mt Hutt ski area has wide open terrain for all ski and snowboard ability levels, and kids 10 years and under ski for free at Mt Hutt. It’s the perfect snow experience for every age and ability and fantastic for families. You can take a daily shuttle directly from Christchurch, so you don’t need to worry about parking.
Day 6 & 7– Rotorua
Welcome to Rotorua, New Zealand's coolest hot spot. Rotorua is one of New Zealand's true getaway destinations and a geothermal wonderland. With so many activities on offer, it is the perfect year-round destination, with activities for the whole family.
Day 8 - Rotorua to Auckland
Take a short flight from Rotorua to Auckland -total flight time 50minutes, then connect on to your international flight back to Shanghai.