Hello, everyone! I just returned from a trip to New Zealand, and I wanted to tell you why you should consider New Zealand winter travel. Now, as you know, New Zealand runs opposite of us with their seasons.
I had the opportunity to fly on the inaugural United flight from San Francisco to Auckland on their 787 Dreamliner in Business Class. I would highly recommend their service; it was quite comfortable for the 12 hour flight. When we landed in Auckland, it was 38 degrees, which is pretty chilly. But I have to tell you that generally each day, the temperatures were in the 60s and it was quite lovely.
While we were there, we did the America’s Cup Sailing Experience, visited the Auckland War Museum, the Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Puia (Maori Cultural School), and cruised on Lake Taupo. We also did a yacht charter to Waiheke Island, where we did wine tasting and then took a helicopter back to Auckland. Some people in the group did fly fishing as well. And yes, all of these activities where quite enjoyable during the winter time.
We stayed at the Hilton in Auckland and the beautiful Huka Lodge in Taupo while we were there. Both lovely properties and had great locations.
So consider New Zealand in July and August. The weather is cooler, but still sunny and beautiful during the day. And then at night, you can relax with a glass of wine and a cozy fire. Plus, many properties are not as full during this time and most of the touring companies are still running their regular schedules—meaning you can enjoy all New Zealand has to offer with fewer crowds.