BEST PLACES TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND IN AUGUST
The weather in this part of the year is cold to say the least as it marks the end of winter. So if you choose to go to New Zealand you should be ready to brave the weather and make sure to dress appropriately. Other than all the basic things that you should keep in mind, New Zealand is fun to be in whatever time you go there. August is no exception and most of the activities that you’d indulge yourself in are more of the sportier kind.
What to do
It’s pretty clear that the snow is one thing that makes going to in August New Zealand endearing. If you love sports, there is plenty for you to indulge yourself in, including skiing and snowboarding. Also for people who’ve never really seen snow this would be a great opportunity to even take a couple of skiing lessons. For people with families, this can give you an opportunity to have quality time with them while having snow fights.
Sightseeing is always relaxing regardless of where in the world you are. If you decide to take a vacation in New Zealand, seeing the scenery either from afar or up close can be exciting. You can either take a helicopter and soar over it all and enjoy the snowy vistas. The other choice can be taking scenic drives but you ought to be careful of icy roads.
New Zealand is a very mountainous country and if you are adventurous person alpine climbing is the one thing you’ll want to try out. And even better climbers, from all levels are catered for; beginners to advanced level. Seeing all these glaciated mountains up close seems like an amazing experience.
Where to go
Arthur’s Pass is a pretty unique place with roads that even stand out because of their structure. When you get there, Arthur’s Pass National Park is their greatest treasure. The most unique part of this park is its ‘great divide ‘with the eastern side having riverbeds and the opposite side having rivers running through the dense rainforest. This park poses a great challenge for ice climbers and rock climbers.
Ohakune is you best chance at having fun if your choice of activity while on vacation is skiing or snowboarding. This is obviously because of the amazing Ruapehu’s ski fields. There is also the Tangariro National Park which is world famous and has joined the ranks of other heritage sites like the Grand Canyon. This park is extremely fascinating and its unique features make you want to go there and take it all in from up close.
Rotorua is mostly known for geothermal activity and culture of the Maori people. The main reason that has everyone flocking to this town is the luxurious hot pools. During the cold month of August it would be fun to take a dip in one of the hot springs. That is not all there is to it however, as you can take a tour around the Maori villages and experience some of their culture one on one.
Where to stay
When in Arthur’s Pass, there is a whole catalogue of amazing hotels you can choose from. The Nook has very positive reviews from all former guests and not a single bad word against it has come up. The accommodation comes in form of an apartment with a bedroom, a well equipped kitchen and even has its own living room. The hotel is also conveniently near the National Park and the Devils Punchbowl Falls hence making the tour a lot easier.
Frankie & Hugh’s is a self contained apartment which is part of a bigger house, located in Ohakune. A mountain stream runs through the B&B gardens, which is a great way to interact with nature. This is also a great place to stay if you are interested in the activities happening nearby such as kayaking and there is even a golf club nearby. If you are ever in Ohakune, you should definitely check in here as all guests have nothing but positive reviews.
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside is the best place to be if you want to take full advantage of the geothermal hot pools. The rooms here are well-conditioned and even have a minibar. To add even more to this list of awesome qualities, the hotel has a sauna and a fitness centre. The location of this hotel is very convenient as the city centre and museum is only a short walk away. The great reviews and description paint the hotel in a very good light which is no doubt well deserved.
What is going on
Wellington Jazz Fest (June) is New Zealand’s hottest jazz festival and brings fun to the world’s coolest little capital. This event takes place in three days and involves both international acts and local groups.
Russell Birdman Festival (July) takes place in the beautiful Bay of Islands. This festival consists of three fun-filled days consisting of a variety of activities. This event really has it all, from the classic Drag Race to street parties. The part of this event that is most anticipated is the Birdman jump from the jetty into the unsullied and sometimes chilly water.
Visa Wellington on a plate (August) is New Zealand’s biggest food festival. This event is literally a region wide culinary takeover that you should definitely miss out on. During this time, Wellingtons’ best take part in competitions like battle of the burger, or the supreme award of the menu best reflecting the culinary capitals flavor.
Audi Quattro Winter Games (August to September) take place in Southern Alps and Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X Game stars all head there. Watching these stars compete for glory in their various sports can be a very exciting experience.
DNA Gay Ski Week QT-Queenstown (September) is the biggest winter event celebrating the LGBTQ community. Many people come from far and wide to participate in the week long party. Events including; cabaret, Bingay and karaoke are all held aboard TSS Earnslaw, Queenstown’s iconic steamship.
Why it is a good time to visit.
February is one of the warmest months of the year and is particularly very popular in New Zealand. Many races and triathlons take place every weekend around the country and attending them would be fun for anyone. As expected of the summer, there are very many festivals are some take place in February. These festivals include; Splore (music), Waitangi (culture) and Seven (sports).
April is the beginning of autumn in New Zealand and the month is exceptionally beautiful. This is the perfect time to go hiking as it’s quieter and cooler. As long as you are appropriately dressed, you can enjoy the peace and quiet as there are few people on the hiking trail. This month also has a few festivals, varying from music to theatre events.
July is one of the coldest months of the year as it’s the middle of winter. Most people tend to avoid going to New Zealand at this time of the year but there is so much you can indulge yourself in. This is when ski fields start to open and hiking trails are very serene. The Russell Birdman festival and different Fairs all take place at this time of year. Most of the Fairs can be very exciting if you are going on vacation with the family.