If you’re planning to visit New Zealand’s South Island in the winter, here are a few of my favorites that could help with some of your plans.
Winter is upon us in New Zealand. It’s that time of year when temperatures start to drop, snow is beginning to fall in the mountains, the ski fields are opening up, and it’s starting to feel like a winter wonderland.
Wanaka – winter locations in South Island New Zealand
Winter in Wanaka is truly an incredible sight. Snow-capped mountains, gorgeous Lake Wanaka forever sparkling in the winter sunshine, and hiking Mount Roy to catch one of the most spectacular sights in the Southern Alps in New Zealand is an experience. Unforgettable. Definitely Wanaka is a must-do experience. Add it to your list.
Lake Pukaki and the Road to Mt Cook
If you’re going to the South Island and Mount Cook, it’s hard to miss this. Here you will find the bluest glacial lakes in New Zealand, and Lake Pukaki, in particular, is absolutely stunning.
You won’t regret going down this road. It will lead you to one of New Zealand’s most iconic mountains – Mount Cook. There aren’t many places in the world where you’ll be treated to such diverse landscapes, so go ahead and find out for yourself.
Queenstown in winter South Island New Zealand
Queenstown is the hub of winter in New Zealand. Nestled between the Southern Alps and on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a midwinter dream.
Tourists flock here every year when winter arrives. The town is full of life, the restaurants are great, and you can’t help but enjoy being among them. But what I love most are the incredible landscapes found on the outskirts of town, quiet places where true beauty unfolds.
If you’re on the South Island and have time to cruise the West Coast, then Lake Matheson and Fox Glacier should be the place to stop and spend some time.
A short hike around Lake Matheson will give you some of the most pleasing sights of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Mount Tasman and Mount Cook, and on a clear day the lake creates a mirror image of gorgeous in the dark waters below. Worth the drive to one of the most spectacular locations on earth.
Tasman Valley and Tasman Glacier Lake
With a short walk to Tasman Glacier Lake, this is one of the most convenient hikes you can do with some of the best rewards for the sight. In winter, this area looks like something out of a fairy tale. Snow-capped mountains, giant icebergs and a pristine blue lake. A photographer’s paradise.