Winter in New Zealand is mild (compared to North America and Europe) and still has plenty to offer road tripping travellers.
If you want to avoid the summer crowds, but still experience New Zealand at its most breath-taking, winter road trips are a good option.
Parts of the North Island are sub-tropical – meaning the winter months are still mild and great for travel. The average winter temperature in the Bay of Islands is a balmy 16 degrees Celsius and can reach the mid-20’s occasionally.
In the South Island you’ll find cool sub-zero temperatures overnight and crisp sunny days. When travelling from Christchurch to Queenstown there is no shortage of snow-capped scenery to take in.
Winter is a superb time to travel in New Zealand if alpine sports are your passion. In the North Island you will find Mt Ruapehu (and its two ski areas – Whakapapa and Turoa), and in the South Island there are dozens of ski areas stretching from Rainbow Ski Area in the Nelson region, to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak in Queenstown.
KiwiCombo Pass is a great option when considering a New Zealand road trip. The flexible pass options include Thrifty Car rental car hire and your choice of motel or hotel accommodation. Activities can also be added for extra convenience.
Visit the KiwiCombo Pass website for more information.