Winter - June, July and August
New Zealand is a spectacular country to visit in the winter time and the mountains and countryside look stunning covered in snow. Skiing is a big draw in the winter time in destinations such as Mount Hutt, Ohakune, National Park, Wanaka and Queenstown which become winter wonderlands and a skiers paradise during June through October. Winter hikes can also be popular during the winter months, peaceful trails lead to snow-capped mountains and stunning scenic views. The Remarkables is an incredible area to visit in the winter, home to some of the best ski areas, a wide variety of trails and terrain and upscale resorts. Cities in the North Island, such as the Bay of Islands and Rotorua are great destinations during the winter time as they experience a calmer winter.