In the second of our 50 Winter Holidays series, we look at the best New Zealand destinations for a blues-beating break.

KAIKOURA

WHAT:  The best place in New Zealand and best time of year for whale watching.
WHY:  There's no reason to be shy about bringing your tourist dollar to a stunning region which is finally enjoying the bounty of an award-winning reconstruction effort. Whale Watch Kaikoura  have noticed the whales' behaviour slowly return to normal over the last three years with some relief. There have been some serious changes to the coastline, but a new Kaikoura is here

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER, FRANZ JOSEF

ST BATHANS, CENTRAL OTAGO

MILLBROOK HOTEL SNOW AND STAY, QUEENSTOWN

THE TRANZALPINE, SOUTH ISLAND

HAMNER SPRINGS

OKOROIRE HOT SPRINGS HOTEL, WAIKATO

ROTORUA

LEIGH

CLASSIC NEW ZEALAND WINE TRAIL