While we power through bitterly cold, driving rain through the next few months, our distant cousins on the other side of the world are basking in a fine summer season spanning across Christmas and the first few months of 2017. Combine this with endless mountains and lakes, plus thousands of miles of incredible coastline and you have the perfect opportunity to escape the miserable British winter and immerse yourself in some outdoor fun.
♦ Hiking to Roy’s Peak (1,578m) near Wanaka for jaw-dropping views across mountains, lakes and glaciers.
♦ Taking on the infamous, 12-mile Tongariro Alpine Crossing on the North Island, including the three-hour side trip to the top of Mount Ngauruhoe (2,291m), also known as Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings.
♦ Completing the world-famous Routeburn Track, a multi-day hike on the South Island that delivers views of stunning alpine scenery, lakes, waterfalls and forests.