“Boasting snow-covered mountains that look like magic, rustic eateries and a palpable atmosphere of adventure, New Zealand’s South Island is one of the best places in the world to enjoy the cooler winter months,” says Bryan Wilkinson, concierge at 5-star luxury hotel The George in Christchurch New Zealand.
Just when we thought a red wine by the fireplace couldn’t get any better – spicy cinnamon, star anise and hints of vanilla take this tasty drop to the next level.
You trawled through the finest boutiques in London and spent a pretty packet on that glorious winter coat – now’s it’s time to show her off.
THE LUMIERE CINEMA
Whether you choose the Bernhardt or the Bardot, this boutique cinema boasts cheese boards, cocktails and unsurpassed elegance.
From creating to consuming and then bragging – whipping up a homemade soup is oh so satisfying.
Moody, deserted and powerful - New Zealand’s beaches sometimes look their most beautiful during the cooler months.
THE SOUTHERN LIGHTS
The longer, darker nights of winter can be the perfect time to view this wondrous natural phenomenon.
HAGLEY PARK FROSTS
Crunchy frost instantly transforms this beloved local park into an absolute winter wonderland.
Snuggly homegrown Merino sweaters keep us toasty all day long.
THE CURATORS HOUSE AT THE BOTANIC GARDENS
Beautiful Spanish fare not to be missed. Be sure to ask for table 11 by the fire.
SLOW COOKED MEALS
Picture this, slow-cooked Canterbury lamb falling off the bone - made that much better by the fact that it cooked perfectly, all on its own.
HAMNER SPRINGS IN THE SNOW
Hot spa, falling snow – enough said.
RECOVERING LOST ITEMS
Finding $20 or that long-lost lipstick in your forgotten winter duds is the seasonal gift that keeps on giving.
BOX SETS & BINGE-WATCHING
Guilt-free indoor entertainment.
An unexpected refund is just the ticket to brighten a wintery day.
Card or board - take your pick. We’re just here for the strategy, comradery and the banter.
SNOW COVERED SCENERY
Other-worldly, ethereal, magic. There’s a reason New Zealand’s been the backdrop of some of the world’s most visually stunning movies.
Home to some 90 wineries producing world-renowned Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling, winter is the perfect time to sample these incredible local drops.
Incorporate all that winter goodness into your 5+ a day.
Travelling from Antarctica to Tonga and along the east coast of New Zealand, migrating Humpback Whales can be found in our waters between July and August.
LOW GARDEN ADMIN
Cooler weather means needy lawns, weeds and garden maintenance is at a minimum.
Piping hot with brown sugar, cream and a nip of Scotch if you dare.
MARGARET MAHY PLAYGROUND
One epic adventure to get the blood pumping, no matter what your age.
GLOVES, HATS AND SCARVES
Fashionable items add extra personality to any outfit… And protect us from the elements.
Scaly winter skin be gone with a luxurious spa treatment.