Rumour has it that its set to be a cold winter this year and we all know that there’s nothing better than cosying up next to the fire with a blanket when the temperature drops. Which is why we have compiled a list of our favourite NZ winter wonderland destinations to help you get through these coming winter months. From Alpine Huts to Ski Chateaus, New Zealand has winter escapes covered across both islands.
Aro Ha Wellness Retreat
For those of you looking for more than just a winter getaway look no further than Aro Ha Wellness Retreat. Located in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Aro Ha is designed to transform the human spirit. Programs provided include physically challenging sub-alpine hiking, yoga, mindfulness opportunities, healing bodywork and dynamic movement.
Blanket Bay Lodge
Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay Lodge provides superior luxury accommodation. Showcasing the best of what New Zealand has to offer this luxury lodge presents breath-taking views of the South Island’s great lakes and mountain ranges.
Mountain Hut NZ is one of New Zealand’s most unique huts. Accessed only by helicopter the hut gives guests uncompromised views of the stars while also providing the excitement of sleeping on top of one of New Zealand’s favourite mountaintops, Mt Larkins. The Cosy accommodation can sleep up to six people with other guests able to tent or sleep in snow caves.
This North Island Hotel sits surrounded by the sacred peaks of Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu and Tongariro. The classic 1930’s Chateau provides guests with an array of different premium accommodations, a fitness room, plunge pool, lounge billiards, and a beauty therapy spa. Situated in the Tongariro National Park, the hotel offers easy access to the Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
Experience the pristine South Island mountains with Matakauri’s mesmerising panoramic views of the big three; The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak. Matakauri lodge champions an understated kind of luxury preferring to showcase the surrounding natural landscape and embracing guests with a welcoming and homely vibe.
The Rees Hotel
A combination of guest rooms, luxury apartments and lakeside residences, The Rees Hotel offers a bunch of different types of accommodations. Showcasing panoramic views of the Remarkables Mountain range. The Rees provides a library of rare books and art, a courtesy shuttle, conference rooms, and its own private beach and wharf accessing jet-boat and water taxi services.
The Cadrona Hotel
Blending modern comforts with historic charm, the Cadrona Hotel offers guests a truly unique experience. Found in a picturesque alpine valley, the Cardona Hotel is perfect for visitors wanting to experience the beautiful Cadrona Ski fields and is an easy drive to both Queenstown and Wanaka.
Perfect for visitors not only wanting to experience the beauty the South Island has to offer, but also great for tourists who love a round of golf. The Millbrook provides four luxurious types of accommodation and award-winning spa facilities and comes complete with a state of the art golf course.
Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak
Only a short drive from Queenstown, the Swiss-Belresort hotel offers excellent 3-star accommodation, for those of you who don’t want to break the bank. The winner of the ‘Hotel of the Year’ award at the annual Swiss-Belhotel International awards, this resort offers convenient access to nearby Coronet Peak ski fields, bike trails and the Shotover River.
The Powerderhorn Chateau is found in the heart of Ohakune in New Zealand’s North Island. Home to a bustling restaurant and bar, this wooden gem has been voted Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice five times.