The year round delights of New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to visit at any time of year – that means even when it’s covered in snow or baking hot. We take a look at why!

Spring
We’re just heading into this fine part of the year now so what better place to start? In spring the cold snaps have largely gone and things start to bud and bloom across the two islands. Alpine regions like Tongariro are particularly beautiful. It’s not the ideal time for skiing anymore, although you could have some late falls if you’re lucky into September at places like Wanaka, Mt Cook, Queenstown and Christchurch. Walking trails become a lot more passable in Spring if you want to tackle a challenge like the Routeburn or Milford Track. And if you’re just heading over now to NZ it might be a good time to get work lined up for the summer – see the link below.

Base: Auckland 2 Night – Job Search Package

An excellent 2 night arrival package at “Base Auckland Central Backpackers”, including: – 2 nights multi share accommodation – 2 continental breakfasts – One way airport transfer – 12 month registration with NZ job search – Job offer guarentee – Work NZ handbook – Orientation session – Vodaphone SIM card with $5 callin credit – 24 hr contact number – Tax number application – Bank account application – Drink in the Globe bar – One hour internet access – Luggage storage at ACB

Address: L3, 229 Queen Street, Auckland .


Summer
It doesn’t ever get that hot in New Zealand that it’s unpleasant and those lakes and rivers are still cold year round, but you can go swimming, diving, snorkelling and pursue all the usual beach/sea/river activities you would elsewhere in the Asia/Pacific at this time of year. Go to the Bay of Islands or Auckland to enjoy the best of the summer weather on the north island with stunning beaches on hand and plenty of water. Auckland has two harbours! Queenstown is a fabulous place for summer activities as well, even though it’s more famed as a winter location. Get your bungy jumping in, go jet boating or even mountain biking in the fanatic mountains and rivers nearby.

Totally Tourism – Awesome Foursome Nevis
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Awesome Foursome Nevis – Bungy-jetboat-helicopter-raft AJ Hacket Nevis Bungy jump (134m) Jetboat down the Shotover River Canyons with Shotover Jet Spectacular helicopter flight to the rafting launch site deep in Skippers Canyon White Water rafting down the Shotover River Hot showers and refreshments

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Autumn
The country is at its most beautiful in the autumn months – the many vines around the Marlborough Sounds region (stay in beautiful Picton) turn crimson and of course its harvest season anyway so a great time to sample the local plonk and grub anyway. There’s the fantastic Arrowtown autumn festival if you’re down Queenstown way. The autumn is also a good time to bike the Central Otago Rail Trail when the heat of summer has gone. This runs between Queenstown and Dunedin.
North & South
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Get some culture in Rotorua, soak up the sun in Nelson, climb on ice in Franz Josef Glacier, let loose in Queenstown, visit the rare wildlife in Dunedin and relax in Lake Tekapo.

Address: 120 Albert Street Auckland 1010

Winter
It might be cold in winter in New Zealand but there are plenty of ways to make the most of the cooler temps! Queenstown is undoubtedly the place to go for winter activities. There’s the annual winter festival and plenty of slopes around to enjoy all the fun. The cities like Auckland and Wellington are good places to go for food, entertainment and festivities. You could also hit the thermal activity around Taupo to keep you warm and there are great ski slopes here too. Wanaka also has fantastic ski slopes.

Harris Mountain Heli-Ski 3, 4 or 7 Run Day
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Ever been heli-skiing? It`s the ultimate snow experience for a skier or boarder. Interested? Then let us take you into the heart of the Southern Alps – a world above and beyond all others…

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There will be a blog every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

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