New Zealand is renowned for having a wondrously cold climate, idyllic winter snowfall and some of the best mountains and ski locations in the whole world. So when the heat hinders and the cold comes you’ll want to make the most of New Zealand’s beautiful landscape and plan yourself some weekends away!

But don’t fret, there’s plenty to see and do even if you’re not in NZ for the ski experience! If you’d prefer to stay off the slopes then read on, friend. Here are four winter weekends away (for the non-skier.) Book your stay on


Christchurch is referred to as the garden city of the Canterbury Plains. This New Zealand city has plenty to do, see, eat and drink including many activities for the daring. If you’re looking for a weekend away jam packed with adventure, then Christchurch is for you! Think bungey jumping, bike riding and abseiling. Excited? Book your accommodation and start planning your trip!

Related: Top 3 Day Trips From Christchurch


Auckland is the perfect spot for a weekend away, especially during winter. It’s got a heap of weather friendly activities to keep you warm and indoors. Look at over 15,000 artworks at the gallery, dine at delicious seafood eateries or visit the zoo! If you’re seeking a bit of adventure then why not visit The Sky Tower- it’s home to New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant that turns 360 degrees every hour. You’ll want some cosy accommodation at the end of your busy days and we’ve got you covered.

Things to do in Auckland
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Known as the Art Deco Capital, Napier’s architecture is reason enough to give it a visit on a weekend away. Take a visit to New Zealand’s oldest prison, sip some primo vino at one of the 70+wineries or just walk around the city. Get warm in one of these hotels once you’ve finished exploring.

Related: Top 6 things to do in Napier


The region has been made famous for the Hollywood blockbuster Lord of the Rings Hobbiton village (about 50km from town), and the amazing Waitomo Caves where glow worms light up the dimly lit caverns. Bursting with art, culture, beautiful gardens and epic scenery, Hamilton is one location you need to visit when in New Zealand.

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