With winter well underway, there's no better time to dig out the ski boots and escape on a snow adventure.
Recent research from Booking.com showed that 72 per cent of Kiwi travellers don't believe they're adventurous enough on holiday - but it's never too late to start getting active in the outdoors and New Zealand's ski fields provide ample opportunity.
To help keep you snug away from the snow, we've uncovered the cosiest places to rug up after a day on the slopes. These resorts and hotels offer a safe haven to relax and warm up - while also providing unparalleled access to the ski fields. So, grab your skis, goggles and gloves for a winter holiday you'll never forget.
The Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook
Situated in the gorgeous Mount Cook range, home to the highest peaks in Australasia, The Hermitage Hotel is one of the best spots in New Zealand for a winter getaway. Guests can take guided tours to explore the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in New Zealand, and the hotel is within easy travelling distance to the Mount Cook ski fields.
After a day of exploring, travellers can choose between several different cafés and restaurants to warm up and unwind in. When dinner is done and dusted, why not head out for some star gazing? The Mount Cook reserve offers some of the darkest skies in New Zealand, boasting spectacular sights of the Milky Way.
Skotel Alpine Resort, Mount Ruapehu
The Skotel Apline Resort is the perfect base for any winter adventurer. Known for being the highest hotel in New Zealand, it is located a mere 10-minute drive from the Whakapapa Ski fields on Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand's largest ski field. Another 20-minute drive and travellers will find themselves at the foot of the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing. Offering cosy wood cabins and plenty of hot coffee, guests will stay warm despite the chilly mountain air.
Montrose Estate, Mount Hutt
Nestled right at the base of the picturesque Mount Hutt Range, The Montrose Estate offers three self-contained, luxury cabins that provide the very best in winter comfort and style. With gorgeous views of the high country and easy access to the Mount Hutt ski fields, guests can enjoy a combination of adventure and relaxation. Why not take a horseback ride through the rolling hills around the estate? Or, for those who are truly brave, a jet boat adventure across the river.
Platinum Queenstown, The Remarkables
If you have a love for nature and beautiful scenery, the Platinum Queenstown might just be the place for you. Situated right on the edge of the pristine Lake Wakatipu, the villas boast some of the best views, while providing the ultimate in holiday comfort. Ideal for a couple's getaway, the Platinum Queenstown is your home-away-from home. As well as being close to Queenstown's city centre, the villas are only a short drive to both the Cardrona and Remarkables ski areas.
Wanaka Luxury Apartments, Treble Cone
Blessed with views of the sweeping mountains and the Southern Lake region, Wanaka is the ideal place to experience the best natural beauty New Zealand has to offer. The Wanaka Luxury Apartments are all self-contained and the ideal place to stay while embarking on your favourite winter adventures. A short 35-minute drive and travellers will find themselves at the Treble Cone Ski Area. Guests will also stay toasty and warm thanks to the fire places built into each apartment, along with a shared spa bath and heated swimming pool.