Top 5 Things to do in Rotorua during Winter

1. Raft or Sledge down the Kaituna River and over the epic 7m high Tutea falls, where you are paddling down the warmest river (even in winter!) in the country surrounded by native bush.
2. Enjoy the canopy of the Redwood pines at Whakarewarewa forest (the Redwoods) take a walk or hit up some world class trails by renting a mountain bike.
3. Zipline through virgin native Mamaku forest with Canopy Tours and learn about ancient trees, native birds, insects and the companies amazing conservation efforts!
4. Hike up Mt Tarawera for some amazing volcanic views!
5. Roll down a hill in an inflatable ball (zorbing) an iconic experience invented right here in Rotorua. The new Mega Track is open at OGO which is steep, long, crazy and fast!

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Top 5 Things to do in Dunedin during Winter

It’s Winter Season in Dunedin! If you’re looking for some great, affordable things to do in Dunedin, we have a list here for you of the places to go for memory making during your stay.

– Beach and Esplanade – Head out to the beach to enjoy the crisp clear winter days. If you’re feeling adventurous, try booking a short surf lesson and see if you can’t hang ten. Or five. Or just one.

– Train Station – Head near the city and check out New Zealand’s most photographed building. Rich with history and architecture, this spectacle will surely land a spot on your Insta feed.

– Baldwin Street – Longing for a quick, urban hike? Check out the steepest residential street in the world. The experience is breath-taking

– Botanical gardens – For a picturesque stroll on one of Dunedin’s clear days, why not go for a stroll through Dunedin’s expansive gardens. Take in the flowers, the lush green landscape, or simply sit under a tree and air out that backpack.

– Octagon – No list would be complete without including the heart of the city, the Octagon. Live, vibrant, the heart of Dunedin is full of restaurants if you’re hungry or pubs for a quick pint or three. If you’re into the late-night scene, come by after sunset to see the area transform into popular hotspot for music and dancing.

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Top 5 Things to do in Kaikoura during Winter

1) Need to warm up? Stay at Dusky Lodge and sit in front of our wood burners with a hot cup of tea while admiring our mountain views.
You need some muscle relaxing after a huge hike or some freezing cold surfing? Just jump into our Hot Spa and you’ll be ready for your next activity!

2) Winter is the best time to go whale watching as the Sperm whales feed closer to shore, the annual Humpback whale migration begins, and you can’t beat a snow-capped mountain as a back-drop to any of your snaps! Either from the air or on a boat, an adventure you’ll never forget. Kaikoura’s deep sea trench allows Whales and other sea mammals,
eg. Dolphins to catch a lot of food, so they are swimming just a couple of miles in front of the coast.

3) Ever swam over a 3km deep sea trench and interact with the most acrobatic Dolphins in the world? In Kaikoura, you’ll be able to get as close to the world famous Dusky Dolphin as nowhere else! Either as a watcher on the boat or in a comfy wet-suit with fins
and snorkel, you decide how to experience a unique natural phenomenon. Even in winter a great experience and the wet-suits keep you warm and the friendly staff fills your wet-suit with warm water when coming out of the cold water.

4) Seal Kayaking around Kaikoura’s beautiful and dramatically impressive Peninsula is a definite must do at your visit!
Either guided with a lot of facts about Kaikoura’s marine life and the special geological situation or just rent a kayak and spot some seals by yourself. You will definitely see some as they love to come close and present themselves!
Tip: Experience the sunset tour with unforgettable images of Kaikoura’s mountains.

5) Peninsula Walk. A must do, free activity for fantastic views over our little, beautiful town, the mountains in the back and the ocean right in front of you. In about 2,5 – 3 h you’ll finish the whole walk and you can finish it off with some real authentic seafood aka
Crayfish & co. from the „Seafood Barbecue“ just on the way to the peninsula. A delicious experience, even with small budgets.

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Top 5 Things to do in Christchurch during Winter

#1 Botanic Gardens
At the heart of Christchurch’s reputation as the Garden City. Showcasing flora and fauna of New Zealand and other parts of the world. The Botanic Gardens is a great place to spend a clear winter day, at no expense! With more than 1.1 Million visitors each year the Botanic Gardens are one of Christchurch’s most popular and well-loved attractions.

 

 

#2 Canterbury Museum
Located directly outside of the Botanic Gardens, so why not visit both at the same time. Experience New Zealand’s rich cultural and natural history heritage. Rare Maori artefacts and the stories behind them will fascinate you. For only a small coin donation (not mandatory). Perfect for a cold winter day.

 

 

#3 Sumner Beach
Sumner beach is a great place to experience the outdoors around Christchurch! Whether you enjoy long walks on the beach, relaxing on the beach side or cool down and have a swim. There are also restaurants, cafés and an Ice cream parlour for refreshments. And only a 10 – 15 minute bus ride from the city centre.

 

 

#4 Taylors Mistake – Awaroa / Godley Head Walk
From the Taylors Mistake car park make your way behind the beach to the start of the Pilgrims Way Coastal Track. The track climbs up to the headland and the historic Godley Head coastal defence battery. From here the Godley Head Gun Emplacements Track carries on around the nose of the headland, past the historic military buildings including the Battery Observation posts located at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. Great views of the city and coastline south can be had from the headland.

 

 

#5 Punting on the Avon
Punting from the Antigua Boat Sheds landing. Your Edwardian Punter will guide you quietly past trailing willows, woodlands and leafy banks as you absorb the beauty of Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens. Punting on the beautiful Avon River is an iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed. Each Punting tour is 30 minutes duration with informative commentary, and you are returned to your point of departure. And is available as shared punts, or private punts.

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