By : Campbell Bevan
Where are the best destinations in summer?
People tend to head out of the cities to the warmest summer hotspots. For Auckland resident’s that generally means a holiday at any of these places: Northland, Bay of Islands, Coromandel, or Waiheke Island (known to locals as Waiheke). For residents of Wellington then Lake Taupo, The Wairarapa, and Hawkes Bay are all easily accessed. In the South Island areas of Nelson – Golden Bay, Queenstown and Wanaka, are all very popular destinations over the summer. These destinations get booked out very quickly so you need to get in early when planning your next holiday accommodation.
What clothing should I take if I am travelling to New Zealand in summer?
Light clothes – shorts, t-shirts, open shoes, flip flops, walking shoes, however make sure you pack a sweater/long sleeve top should the weather turn a bit cooler, especially if you are visiting the high country. Also, pack a light jacket as some summer rain can be expected, especially in December.
What are the best destinations for winter?
New Zealand is world-renowned for its skiing and winter activity destinations. In the North Island, the Central Plateau is located equidistant from both Auckland and Wellington making it a great weekend ski destination. The closest accommodations are in National Park, Ohakune or just an hour away is the lakeside destinations of Taupo and Turangi
In the South Island, skiers are spoilt for choice as to where they go to get their fix. Queenstown is the ultimate 5 star alpine resort region, with 4 magnificent ski fields all within close proximity. Wanaka is an hour away and boasts another two great ski fields, and then further north to Canterbury you will find Mt Hutt and Methven and the club skifelds.
Winter in New Zealand is not just about skiing. Rotorua, Taupo and Hanmer Springs have steaming geothermal pools to sink into and warm up in, and the main cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are great for that weekend getaway, shopping trip or fine dining experience.
All towns, cities, and regions of New Zealand offer something special for everyone to enjoy, thus we recommend you travel all over the North and South Islands extensively, to ensure you really have the best time and experiences during your holiday.
What clothing should I take if I am travelling to New Zealand in winter?
Pack winter clothing if travelling to New Zealand between May and September and bring layers as the days can vary dramatically and rapidly. A warm jumper, long pants and closed in shoes will be your day-to-day ware, and a rain jacket would also prove useful. Most ski fields will have gear and clothing that you can hire, so you don’t need to bring your bulky things if you do not wish.
New Zealand has a very strong sun so you need to cover up with high strength sun block especially in summer, and even in winter when up the skiing the mountains, or anytime enjoying the higher elevated regions of New Zealand.
Campbell Bevan is managing director of Amazing Accommodation, an online portal specialising in New Zealand holiday homes. The best regions listed are located close to the readily available New Zealand luxury accommodation listed on site.Email: Cam@AmazingAccom.com
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