It's winter in the Southern Hemisphere, so those who prefer sitting by a fireplace to sitting by a pool can try some unique cool-weather activities. Courtesy of Tourism New Zealand, here are some things to see and do on both islands:
Stargazing in Queenstown
Skyline Queenstown is above the city and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, giving stargazers a unique (and clear) vantage point. The company's telescopes let visitors see everything from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
A2O Cycle Tours
A2O Cycle Tours are Twizel’s original mountain bike tour company and the first to run an official tour along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Their small-group (and all-inclusive) tours are hosted by locals, so visitors get an insider's take on the scenery as they go by. The company offers a range of cycling options tours can be customized to suit individual needs.
Central Otago Off-Road Safari
Nomad Safaris takes visitors through Central Otago landscapes on a six-day tour that includes a Landrover Defender 4WD for every two passengers. Highlights include Bannockburn Sluicings, Blue Lake at St Bathan’s and a half day Dart River Jet Safari or a guided walk on the Routeburn Track.
America's Cup - Now through September 2013
The America’s Cup is the most difficult trophy in sport to win. In the more than 150 years since the first race off England, only four nations have won what is often called the “oldest trophy in international sport.” San Francisco is the setting for the current races with the Louis Vuitton Cup currently underway, concluding on August 30. The America's Cup finals take place September 7-21.
Visa Wellington on a Plate - August 9 to 25
Visa Wellington On a Plate is one of New Zealand’s premier culinary events, and offers a wide range of meals for foodies of every taste.