A roaring fire, a stunning cabin in the forest, snow fights, hot tubs. Sure, it might be chilly outside but there’s still loads to enjoy about winter in NZ
From Hanmer Springs, in the South Island to Rotorua in the north, here are five great suggestions for New Zealand’s cosiest winter escapes and what to pack.
Lake Front Lodge Taupo
Why we love it: Located on the shore this hotel offers spectacular lake views. With Taupo being a middle north island location, it’s an easy destination for both ends of the island dwellers. Plus boasts more than its fair share of things to do… There’s the lake to start with, which makes for some beautiful walks. Huka falls makes for a great visit, and the town ship has more than its fair share of places to eat and drink in. What to pack
Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers… For all those walks you will be doing – We love these ones from Bueno
Why we love it: Treetops Lodge and Estate in Rotorua has the perfect mix of modern amenities and classic stone-lodge-style accommodation.
Roaring fires? Check. Spa and massage treatments? Yep, they’ve got them too. And when you’re done pampering yourself (never!), there are 2,500 acres of forest and hiking trails to explore. Look out for the waterfalls, fishing spots and native wildlife.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not try mountain biking, horse riding or – for those channelling their inner James Bond – give helicopter fishing a go?
What to pack
A decent raincoat! We are loving this one from Capture. Shop now
Tongario National Park – Skotel Alpine resort
Why we love it: The rugged lodge of your winter holiday dreams, Skotel Alpine Resort is set in Tongariro National Park at the foot of Mount Ruapehu on New Zealand’s North Island. That means the views are incredible any time of year, but particularly when there’s snow.
When you’re not admiring the views or hitting the slopes, there’s always the hot tub to get acquainted with. Don’t mind if we do.
What to pack
Togs, the hot tub is not to be missed.
These bathers by our new supplier Maru Mara, are great options.
Hanmer Springs – Woodbank Estate Bed and Breakfast –
Why we love it. Surrounded by mountains, forests and crisp air, the charming, Woodbank Estate Bed and Breakfast in the alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs is the perfect getaway…With all the outdoor adventure activities that New Zealand is famous for. Bungy, Jet Boating, Rafting, Quad Biking, Helicopter Tours and more. Plus kid friendly water slides and a lazy river to Gaze at, it is the ultimate weekend escape!
What to pack – Warm and comfortable clothing to enjoy the outdoor pursuits.
Why we love it – The ultimate cosy weekend away from your hectic lifestyle. Throw away the watch and spend some quality time with at Warm Earth Cottage. The name says it all—it’s all about cosiness and warmth here. The wood-burning stove will keep you snuggled, providing all the necessary warmth required. A cute breakfast hamper will be at your door in the morning for you to cook your delicious brekkie. While you’re there, make sure to have a bath in a tub right under the stars, #magical.
What to wear – Plan for a weekend of fire-side bliss – Get your favourite PJs or dressing gown at the ready.