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10 Reasons to love winter

10 Reasons to love winter


Inspiration for your next adventure

1. High Country Snow & Outdoors
Browse through their extensive range of ski and snowboard apparel, hardware, accessories and even kids’ toboggans. There is 20% off new season stock and a further 50% off selected stock, the perfect time to gear up for winter.

2. Earth & Sky
Earth & Sky runs star-gazing and observatory tours throughout the year, beneath the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Let the highly enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides take you on a journey of the southern night sky. Watch as they open a window to the universe before your very eyes. www.earthandsky.co.nz
3. Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa
With steaming hot pools, snow-capped mountains and crisp alpine air, Hanmer Springs is the best place to experience winter. Relax and recharge with indulgent spa treatments, boutique shopping, warm cafés and plenty of walking and biking tracks. You can’t beat relaxing in the famous waters of the thermal pools with snow falling around you.

4. Ice Age: Collision Course – Northlands
School holiday fun at Northlands Shopping Centre, 8-12 July from 10am-2pm at Centre Court. Watch Ice Age: Collision Course clips and meet Scrat, the unlucky prehistoric squirrel. Learn fun facts about space and planets or hang out in the activity zone.

5. Torpedo7

Kit out the kids this winter with Torpedo7’s large range of snow clothing for ages 4-16 years. With a vast selection of dazzling fun colours, it will be easy to find your children on the slopes. Find the full range of snow clothing at

6. Tranzalpine
Travel from coast to coast onboard the world-famous TranzAlpine train and truly experience the Southern Alps. With purpose-built scenic carriages, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, an onboard café and open-air viewing it’s a great way to travel.

7. Methven HeliSki
Celebrating 30 years of operation in the remote mountains that form the headwaters of the Rakaia River, this is Christchurch’s closest heliskiing. Offering spectacular wilderness runs up to 3km long for all ski and boarding abilities, this is mind-blowing skiing in mind-blowing scenery.

8. X-Golf
Beat the cold and play some of the world’s best PGA tour courses in the comfort of Christchurch’s latest golfing and entertainment venue, offering five state-of-the-art simulators designed for golfers at all stages of their game. X-Golf Avonhead also offers great meals, full bar service, interactive games and competition pool tables.

9. Glenfalloch station
Nestled in the rugged Southern Alps in the headwaters of the Rakaia River, Glenfalloch is an ideal family and friends gathering point, a place to escape urban life, as well as a one-stop conference destination. Guests can roam the 10,000ha station on foot, bike or traverse the station’s extensive 4wd track. In winter, the snow-covered Alps offer the perfect opportunity for heliskiing.

10. craigieburn valley ski area
If you are an advanced or expert rider then you really should make the pilgrimage to the Craigieburn Valley as it offers some of the easiest access to advanced off-piste skiing anywhere in the world. There are no chairlifts, snow-grooming or snow-making facilities found here, just a backcountry playground for snow addicts.