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Winter #nzmustdo Adventures in NZ

Calling all Australians and anyone else who wants to cool down

Winter is the season for superb travel deals, stupendous ski opportunities and breathtaking walks in brisk cool outdoors New Zealand.



Aoraki Mount Cook beautiful sunset photo, New Zealand
View of the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook


Aoraki Mount Cook national park is located in alpine region of Canterbury with the international hub of Christchurch a great starting point to explore the South Island.

Aoraki Mount Cook – Highlights:

  • Accessible alpine region for all fitness levels
  • Scenic flights over the most spectacular scenery New Zealand has to offer
  • Year round destination offering summer walks to winter ski action
  • Photograph the Church of the Good Shepherd, cheesy, in a trillion photos however not yet in yours

Discover more about Aoraki Mt Cook National Park trip guide, what to see & do.

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SKI ENTHUSIASTS check out Ski, snow board, curling in New Zealand winter sports adventures – Best Bits find out where to go. Discover tips about what to do nearby.

Find epic attractions, activities, and other awesome things to do around Aoraki/Mount Cook – BOOK NOW up to 50% OFF

Nearby Aoraki Mount Cook is the charming tourist town of Tekapo and MacKenzie country. For holiday inspiration check MacKenzie Country, Alpine South Island, 10 things to see: Best Bits. Your first impressions will be of a world where people have lightly trod.  It is an ecosystem, reflecting centuries of no human habitation.

Unique to New Zealand flora and fauna adds a mysterious touch to the scenery.

Mackenzie Lake Opuha with the snow capped Southern Alps, New Zealand
Mackenzie Lake Opuha with the snowcapped Southern Alps

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Sunrise at Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

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Franz Josef, New Zealand. A group of tourists hiking on Franz Josef Glacier

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Discover the alpine spine of New Zealand’s South Island with its winter coat of snow and glittering brisk winter days.

Wanaka View over bridge on Rob Roy track, route to Rob Roy glacier near Wanaka in Mt. Aspiring national park, South Island of New Zealand
Bridge on Rob Roy track, route to Rob Roy glacier near Wanaka in Mt. Aspiring national park, South Island of New Zealand


Glaciers and winter hikes are a favourite winter holiday attraction. 

Melting glaciers, disappearing rapidly. Visit now.  The ice is melting, the story of the retreat of glaciers makes headlines as a climate change statistic. The West Coast, South Island glaciers are venerable giants of the ice age yet it’s not all about tramping a glacier.

Glacier country is inspired, awesome and affordable adventures for all ages and family members.

Things to Do in Glacier Country


On a road trip make sure to include the Haast Pass as part of your journey. Waterfalls Haast Pass & Mount Aspiring National Park walks – Best Bits is a #waterfallmustdo.


Glacier Country, New Zealand is an untamed natural landscape and is a bucket list destination.

The two towns of Franz Josef and Fox are the accommodation and tour operators heart of the region with cafes, restaurants and places to stay. Check out What’s so great about Okarito and Whataroa for inspiration on what to do and see.

More about Glacier Country

Glacier Country, Franz Josef walk, South Island, West Coast, New Zealand
Glacier Country, Franz Josef walk, South Island, West Coast
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