What are the must-do things in New Zealand during August?

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When QF181 from Sydney landed in Queenstown earlier this month, it represented the first ever Qantas flight to land after-dark at the southern tourism hub. In fact, the airline has added another two flights a week on this route to keep up with demand during the July/August ski season peak.

Of course, Queenstown isn’t the only beautiful winter New Zealand destination. If you’re planning to travel to our trans-Tasman neighbours this month, here are some of the top things to do.

Skiing (North and South Islands)

New Zealand is lucky to have some of the best ski fields in the world – powdery snow, challenging slopes and excellent facilities. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned skier or completely new to the sport, many of New Zealand’s ski fields can accommodate your needs. Not interested in hitting the snow? Relax indoors next to a roaring fire with a warm drink in your hand – winter bliss!

Here’s a selection of where to head, depending on your location.

North Island

  • Mount Ruapehu – Whakapapa, Turoa and Happy Valley

South Island

  • Canterbury – Roundhill, Mount Hutt, Mount Dobson
  • Queenstown – Coronet Peak, The Remarkables
  • Wanaka – Treble Cone, Cardrona

If you plan to take on the ski field, make sure you have the right travel insurance for unexpected accidents.

Geothermal Rotorua

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Located in the Bay of Plenty, the city of Rotorua is packed full of things to do and see during winter. Famous for its tourism industry, Rotorua is built around an active geothermal field, with geysers and bubbling mud pools dotted around the area. Stop by the hot baths at Polynesian Pools for a day of relaxation and pampering – the ideal spot to escape the chilly winter air.

Once you’re all warmed up, visit Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village where you can get a guided tour of a marae as well as watch cultural shows and enjoy a lunchtime hangi!

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington)

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Australia and New Zealand will forever be tied by the events of World War I, particularly the battles on the shores of Gallipoli, Turkey. For the 100th anniversary of April 25th 1915, Te Papa opened the free ‘Gallipoli: The scale of our war’ exhibition – an emotional and thought-provoking look at this historic time. Stories of war are brought to life by Weta Workshop, the same team that created The Lord of The Rings.

Spend a rainy day at New Zealand’s national museum exploring the many collections celebrating everything from wildlife and geography to sport, art and music.

To get ready for your winter trip to New Zealand, don’t forget to grab some travel insurance.


TID is an Australian online travel insurance company.


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