Winter is coming! Now it’s time to plan those winter roadies. Whether you are visiting New Zealand for the first time or you are a kiwi born and bred, there are always new places to discover and New Zealand is one of the nature’s best gifts. No matter where you go, it’s like something out of a picture postcard. From white sandy beaches to snow-capped peaks, the sparking covers to the rainforests, New Zealand is a paradise waiting to be explored.

Moreover, self-drive holidays are the most famous way of getting around- flexibility to stop and admire the beauty is something you just don’t get on others. So, if you are planning on a visit to New Zealand this winter, here are some of the best and most popular places to visit that include:

Abel Tasman National Park

It is one of the most popular and all time favourite places in New Zealand to visit during the winter which receive the most hours of sunshine, as it is a wilderness reserve at the north end of the New Zealand’s South island, famous for Abel Tasman Coast Track, a long trail winding over beaches and across ridges between Marahau in the South and Wainui in the North.

Bay Of Islands

Whether you are a tourist or honeymoon couple, the bay of islands is holiday hut-spot, as it is a New Zealand enclave encompassing more than 140 subtropical islands next to the country’s North Island which is known for its undeveloped beaches. It is also a home to the 19th-century whaling port of Russell.

Coromandel Peninsula

It is the favourite amongst Auckland holiday makers and is just a short 2.5 hours drive downtown Auckland, feels like a thousand miles apart. There are two must activities to do on the peninsula; take the hike to Cathedral Cove and dig your own hot tub at hot water beach and sit back and relax.

Franz Josef Glacier

Now experience the ultimate glacier adventure at Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand. It is a 12 km long temperate maritime glacier located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. 

Mt Maunganui

The colloquial name for Mt. Maunganui is ‘the mount’, is a relaxed beach town that occupies a peninsula at the Southern end of Tauranga Harbour. Waking up in time to hike Mount Maunganui’s, Mauao, to watch the sunrise is one of the beautiful and best ways to start any day. Besides, early risers tend to greet you with fresh smiles and hearing the waves hit the shimmering sand below as the chirping tui’s wake makes this place unique. 

Napier

Situated on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island, in the Hawke’s Bay region, Napier is one of the country’s most attractive cities, due to the fact that it possesses some totally unique Art Deco architecture and its enjoyable Mediterranean-style climate, and proximity to one of the New Zealand’s foremost wine-producing regions.