The best off-piste activities on your New Zealand ski holiday
There’s plenty of fun to be had off the slopes of Queenstown & Wanaka, which are both not far from Milford Sound. Here are some of our favourite winter-time off-piste activities around the region.
It’s the glorified version of hiking in the snow, wearing specialised snow shoes.
Snow-shoeing is a fantastic way to see this beautiful region’s back country – walking through untouched snow is quite a special experience. Small group guided tours are available and recommended if you really want to hit the hidden spots.
2. Get your adventure fix
You’ve got to tick something off that adventure bucket list when you’re in this part of the world! Bungy, sky diving, jet boating, whatever tickles your fancy, Queenstown and Wanaka have it all – year round. We love sky diving at this time of the year. The view from that height (if you can keep your eyes open!) is breathtaking – snow-capped mountains and deep blue lakes and rivers.
3. Wine tasting
Pinot Noir and the Central Otago region (home to Queenstown and Wanaka) are a match made in heaven. Take time out to indulge in award-winning local wines at one of the many cellar doors.
Our recommendations include Amisfield Winery& Bistro near Lake Hayes – a fantastic place to spend the afternoon. Visit Gibbston Valley Wines for its pioneering history and cheese tasting. The Peregrine Winery building is an architectural masterpiece – a must-see! Vineyards don’t get more scenic than Rippon in Wanaka. These are just a few. If you have time up your sleeve, visit neighbouring Bannockburn, Alexandra and Cromwell regions for world-class boutique wineries.
4. Dog sledding
Uninterrupted alpine vistas. Silence broken only by the sound of your sled on fresh snow and the panting of beautiful Alaskan dogs. What’s not to love about dog sledding?
New Zealand is one of only three Southern Hemisphere that offers dog sledding. Head to Snow Farm Wanaka where UnderdogNZ run these magical tours. Truly worth it!
5. Cruise Milford Sound
Hands down one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. And while some people may tell you otherwise, winter is a fantastic time to visit this beautiful part of the world. A cruise is a great way to enjoy waterfalls tumbling down rock faces in their full winter glory. And with fewer people around you, spotting the wildlife is a lot easier.
Don’t rush back after your cruise. Spend a night or two soaking up the wilderness of Fiordland National Park with a stay at Milford Sound Lodge – our chalets especially make for a wonderful mid-winter treat.