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From the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the temperate forests of the northern peninsula, there is plenty of hiking, skiing and exploring to be done all across New Zealand!
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Composed of two main islands along with numerous other minor islands, New Zealand is full of incredible landscapes and well-suited to a plethora of different sports.
Hiking and skiing are among the most popular, with the vast majority for the top spots for both of these sports being found on the South Island.
Mountaineering is another popular option. The country’s highest mountain is Aoraki / Mount Cook, which stands tall at 3,724 meters in elevation, and serves as a popular challenge for intermediate-level mountaineers. The two minor summits on Aoraki / Mount Cook are also popular targets as are several other of the most prominent peaks in the range.
Along with the three aforementioned activities, horseback riding, kayaking and paragliding are also popular outdoor pastimes on the island.
New Zealand is generally a temperate country, but with some profound climatic differences. Summers tend to have temperatures in the mid-20ºCs. In the winter, temperatures are generally slightly less than 10ºC toward sea level and colder at higher elevations. Rain falls evenly throughout the year and is not infrequent.
Most outdoor adventure trips to New Zealand begin with a flight into Christchurch International Airport (CHC), on the South Island. From here, it is easy to rent a car and drive to your final destination.
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Spring, summer and autumn are the best seasons for hiking and mountaineering. Winter is best for ski touring and snowshoeing.
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