New Zealand Winter Travel Specials
Explore New Zealand's pure wilderness this winter from only US$2,999+tax!
Is winter the new summer? We think it might be! Most of our Active travellers are visiting us from a Northern Hemisphere country and associate winter with -40 degree temperatures, long nights and short/cloudy days... but things are a little bit different on our side of the world.
More and more people are discovering this hidden gem - visiting New Zealand in the winter time.
Why is that? We hear you ask.
Well, it's simple. Although our mountains look dramatically high, they're actually relatively low laying. That means you can hike through stunning valleys that open up to lush meadows... while you're still fairly close to sea level. So you'll be able to stay nice and warm, while you'll have front row seats to our rugged snow capped mountains and blue sky days - which as you can imagine, sets the perfect stage for epic photography.
What is the weather really like on a New Zealand winter morning? Most mornings start off cool and crisp, with the crunch of a frost under foot. Misty rivers and lakes are steaming up toward the clear and still blue skies, and by mid-morning you'll find yourself hiking in a short sleeve shirt and slapping the sun screen on.
So what are my trip options?
Our signature winter trip down here in New Zeland is our 14 day 'Winter Rimu' trip on the South Island (also available in 5 and 10 days), the 13 day 'Kea' family adventure (also on the South Island), and the 5 or 11 day 'Kauri' trip on the tropical North Island.
Take a closer look at the 'Winter Rimu' trip:
Read our winter reviews:
Winter Rimu New Zealand Winter Adventure
- 14 Days
- South Island
- US$4599 + tax
May to September is one of the best times to explore New Zealand. Our maritime climate ensures we have relatively mild winters, we’ll almost always have the tracks to ourselves and the snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop than in summer – and usually you can get a great deal on flights! Years ago, we adapted our signature Rimu trip to suit the cooler conditions by adding skiing and snowboarding options, along with some of the South Island’s best hikes. This adventure is the perfect excuse to escape the heat!
Activity level: This is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the ‘Winter Rimu’ range between three and six hours to complete, with a longer more challenging hike on the Copland Track.
Kauri Ultimate North Island Adventure
- 11 Days
- North Island
- From US$4699 + tax
You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.
Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.
Kea New Zealand Family Adventure
- 13 Days
- South Island
- From Adult: US$4599 + tax, Child (15 & under): US$3799 + tax
Let us take care of every detail so that you and your family can enjoy exploring New Zealand’s iconic places on a fun outdoorsy adventure. The ‘Kea’ is the perfect opportunity for everyone in the family to try some new activities together while our guides encourage, entertain, serve up delicious meals and ensure you make the most of your precious vacation time. You’ll be amazed how much everyone learns along the way and our guides will have you laughing as much as the kids! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).
Activity level: This trip has been designed to be fun and gently challenging for the young, and the young at heart. The pace is flexible and most hikes range between two and four hours to complete.
Here's a pretty cool video of what it's like to travel with your family, on an Active Adventures trip.