Because nothing makes the cold months better than some winter fun!
Does anyone else just love winter? There is something about the temperature plummeting and being able to cosy up on the couch, on a winter night, that is somewhat delightful. Nevertheless, when the boredom kicks in, it is nice to get out of the house and take part in some winter activities. Hence why we tracked down the eight best winter attractions you can avail of in and around Christchurch this year.
Take one of the most picturesque train journeys in the world and admire the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. It makes a great adventure for both kids and adults alike. Opt to hop off at Arthurs Pass for some extra exploration. For tickets, visit The Great Journeys Of New Zealand website.
Why not splash some extra cash on a ski trip to one of the best spots in New Zealand. Check out our recent article on where you could ski nearby Christchurch this winter.
3. Lake Tekapo
Just three hours drive from Christchurch, this spot makes an epic weekend getaway. Here, you can see the colours of the Southern Lights and on a clear night experience the most magical stargazing. It offers an unforgettable experience to say the least. Visit the Tekapo Tourism website for more information.
4. Pure Pods
Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, you will fall into a realm of tranquility at this unforgettable destination. Deep within the Waipara Valley, watch the world unfold before your eyes as you sleep under the stars in these secluded pods. This would be perfect for a romantic weekend away. For more information or to book, visit the Pure Pods website.
Embrace the winter culture and opt to go ice-skating at this place. It provides entertainment for the whole family and there is usually music and disco lights to keep the kids pumped up. An excellent indoor activity for the colder months. Excitingly, you can take part in ice hockey too.
📍 495 Brougham Street, Opawa, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
6. Hanmer Springs
Take a weekend staycation and let yourself unwind at the hot pools in the stunning Hanmer Springs Village. Read our recent article to see why it is one of the greatest winter activities.
Pop on your warmest attire and head up the scenic coast to Waipara for some delicious cuisine and wine tasting in one of the top-notch vineyards. For instance, you could try Pegasus Bay Winery which offers a phenomenal experience. Why not make your trip even more magical by staying at Pure Pods Greystones nearby. Indeed, one of the best winter activities around Christchurch.
This award-winning tourist attraction gives informative insight into life in Antarctica. Chill in the Antarctic store room, head on the all-terrain vehicle tour, get up close and personal with penguins and huskies, watch the big screen ice tour, you name it, they have it. Truly a journey of enlightenment which provides once-in-a-lifetime memories for the whole family.
📍 38 Orchard Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand