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2 Feb

Find Winter Sun In New Zealand: The Country’s Best Beach Hotels

New ZealandStunning Beach Regions In New Zealand’s South Island

Experience some winter sun on New Zealand’s South Island. Beaches in NZ offer water sports, spectacular scenery and stunning excursions.

New Zealand offers a pleasant climate as it begins on the equivalent latitude as northern France with the southern tip of the South Island ending on a similar latitude to northern Africa. New Zealanders declare that you can experience all four seasons in one day in their country. The reality is that the weather is slightly more reliable than the UK and temperatures are not usually extreme enough to make you feel uncomfortable, so it’s an excellent choice of destination for some winter sun.

Beaches In New Zealand

New Zealand celebrates its summer months from December to February. These are the months when people take their annual vacation and head to the lakes and beaches for some water sports and a BBQ.

Holidaymakers should be aware New Zealand is not really the place for those that want to lie on a beach for a fortnight and soak up the rays. The beaches in New Zealand are rarely white or yellow sand beaches and you wouldn’t stay in the water too long without a wetsuit to regulate your body temperature.

However, New Zealand can offer you so much in terms of unforgettable scenic backdrops, amazing wildlife and the opportunity to try out some new water sport experiences. Here are some of the finest beach destinations with hotels and lodgings on the doorstep.


Kaikoura is located on the north-east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The town has quite a funky, youthful vibe which is the reason it’s so popular with surfers. It’s also one of the prime locations in the whole of New Zealand to see giant sperm whales and dusky dolphins.

For a real treat, stay in the Hapuku Tree Houses which are carved into the canopy of a native Manuka grove, 10 metres above the ground. A room here will offer you superb views of the Pacific coastline as well as the dramatic Kaikoura mountain range.

Abel Tasman

The city of Nelson is located in the far north of the South Island. It has a buzzing arts scene and is the main base for those travelling around the Abel Tasman National Park where you can enjoy hiking, canyoning, sea kayaking and horse riding.

This area of New Zealand also offers the best swimmable beaches as well as coastal wineries. The Abel Tasman Marahau Lodge is located on the Marahau Beach and provides beautiful chalet accommodation with hot tubs.


This wonderful west-coast settlement is a great place from which to take day trips to Pancake Rock and the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Cycling enthusiasts will also enjoy the West Coast Wilderness Trail. The Beachfront Hotel offers standard but comfortable accommodation, but the views are spectacular.


If you like a brisk sea breeze then Southland is the area for you. It’s slightly more remote than other parts of New Zealand but it offers access to the enchanting Stewart Island which is a Mecca for bird-watchers – you might even spot a Kiwi bird. Stay at Stewart Island Lodge which is a six-room B&B in the vicinity of the ferry wharf. From here you can take boats out amongst many of the region’s tiny yet charming bays.

A trip to New Zealand really is a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. It’s not too late to book for some last minute winter sun in 2016, but remember to book your travel insurance. Alternatively search for flights for next winter instead to give you something to look forward to during our own dark and cold months!