Only a short flight over the ditch is the picturesque Queenstown. Known as the adrenaline capital of New Zealand, adventure awaits you here whatever the season, but especially so in winter.
Here are some things you should check out if you want a fun winter getaway this year.
1. Winter Festival
The season opens with a bang during the Winter Festival in June. It's not just a great way to experience comedy, fireworks and live music though. This festival is the Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter celebration and an absolute must-do for those who enjoy a little bit of mountain mayhem.
2. Skiing on the fields
When it comes to beautiful ski areas, Queenstown has you sorted. Choose between Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone – all between 20 and 90 minutes from the city centre – and get your ski legs going!
Coronet and Cardrona are the favourite fields for beginners, whereas more advanced skiers and boarders usually go for the Remarkables and Treble Cone.
3. NZ Mountain Film Festival
Showcasing the world's best adventure films and speakers in stunning surroundings, the NZ Mountain Film Festival will leave you hungry for more adventure. From speakers like Simon Lucas, who will share what it's like to film in the Antarctica, to up-and-coming film gems, this festival is bound to have something for everyone.
4. Night skiing
If you are after a special adventure, then skiing by night is something you don't want to miss. Coronet Peak is the only ski field in New Zealand that offers this exciting experience on Fridays and Saturdays, so make the most of it.
We suggest going on a day trip to Glenorchy or Arrowtown while it's light outside, having an early dinner and then enjoying the snow in a completely different way.
5. Spas with a view
Of course, there are plenty opportunities to relax your muscles and soul as well. The Onsen Hot Pools are a particular favourite, famous for the stunning views you get from the comfort of your private spa.