Amy Baker Writes
Author and Freelance Writer
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The mention of New Zealand immediately summons up images of sunny days and sandy beaches. But did you know that there’s just as much to do in winter, from skiing to whale-watching? And, if it is warmer weather you’re after, escape to the mild climate of the Bay of Plenty. Find out our top ten spots for a winter holiday home in New Zealand.

Taumarunui, North Island

If you’re scouting out where to settle and buy property in New Zealand on the North Island – good news – you don’t have to venture to the South Island to enjoy great skiing in New Zealand! From the town of Taumarunui, around four hours’ drive from Auckland, you can head into the Tongariro National Park to ski on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu from this lovely town. There are a variety of lovely places to visit in the region, including the resort towns of Raetihi, Whakapapa Village and Ohakune.

Activities: Besides skiing, from Taumarunui you can explore the Pureora Forest and Whanganui National Park. Given its location close to so much natural beauty, it’s known for the exciting range of outdoor pursuits you can enjoy, even during winter. For example, mountain biking, canoeing or fishing trips. It’s also rich in Maori culture, which it’s essential to understand before you move to New Zealand. If you’d prefer to snuggle up in cosy chalets beside roaring fires with a nice glass of local pinot noir, New Zealand’s Central Plateau has many options that deliver.

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