Winter in New Zealand stretches from June through to July and August – a season that brings snow to the mountains, joy to powder hounds and a host of other reasons to celebrate indoors and outside.
New Zealand's winter climate varies, ranging from cold crisp days in the high country and southern regions to mild and moist in the sub-tropical northern and temperate western coastal regions where rainforests thrive. North or south, there are plenty of fine days for outdoor activities and there’s always a cosy spot indoors with good food and wine.
New Zealand’s winter season is the time for a wide variety of events - from traditional cultural celebrations for Matariki to the colourful and quirky Queenstown Winter Festival, major international events such as Winter Games NZ and Visa Wellington on a Plate for serious food lovers.
Foodies will also find their fill of events. F.A.W.C! Hawke’s Bay offers a three-day celebration of winter focused on food and wine events, while Wellington on a Plate is a full-scale extravaganza of around 50 food events over two weeks.
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