9 Legendary Places To Spend The Christmas Holidays 2021 In New Zealand

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Staff Writer

Travel Christmas Holidays New Zealand

Another year has passed, and still, the future of international travel looks bleak on account of covid-19. And, if you’re used to jetting off for Christmas, it’s best to plan a Christmas getaway within New Zealand. Fortunately, there are many delightful places where you can have a fun Christmas. Here are nine of our favourites Christmas holidays locations.

1. Rotorua

Rotorua is probably one of the most underrated places on the planet. Lucky for you, the folks here take Christmas very seriously, from the Christmas parade to summer activities like water rafting to the magical Redwoods Treewalk, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Renowned for bubbling mud pools, natural hot springs, a fascinating Maori culture and breathtaking hikes, it’s the perfect family adventure trip or getaway for couples. Indeed, you can enjoy summer Christmas activities without being exposed to harsh weather conditions like the west of the globe.

๐Ÿ“ Bay Of Plenty, North Island, New Zealandย 

2. The Coromandel

This popular destination is the closes thing you’ll get to an exotic beach holiday. It’s the ultimate oasis of tranquility with an array of places to discover. Depending on your budget, there are a range of campsites, beachside accommodations, hotels and more, for the perfect stay. Opt for a Christmas BBQ and picnic on the pristine beaches, cool off in gigantic swim holes, visit the famous Hot Water Beach, take the forest train at Driving Creek Railway, discover an underwater world via water activities…the list is endless. Certainly, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable Christmas holidays.

๐Ÿ“ North Island, New Zealand

3. Queenstown

Queenstown is an adventure haven where holiday goers can have both a relaxing and thrilling vacation. Think scenic hikes to Bob’s Cove overlooking the lake, attractions like horse riding, ziplining and jetboating, majestic boat rides on Lake Wakatipu, just to name a few. Have your Christmas dinner by the lake, and admire the phenomenal New Years Eve fireworks display. If you’re feeling extra luxurious, Nest Kitchen & Bar usually organise a fantastic four course Christmas dinner with stunning views of the lake. Subsequently, you must plan a day trip to Milford Sounds, which is a three hour drive, and boasts lush waterfalls and unspoiled natural beauty.

๐Ÿ“ South Island, New Zealandย 

4. Nelson & Marlborough Sounds

Have a wonderful Christmas holidays by heading to this majestic sea-drowned valleys in this region for some fun. Depending on your budget, you could stay at the famous Punga Cove Resort (pictured), situated on the iconic Queen Charlotte Track, which has exclusive access to the beaches, waterways, and plenty of fun adrenaline activities like the Christmas Day water taxi cruise and other sports. Alternatively, you could rent a campervan, road trip around and set up camp near the scenic surf beach of Whites Bay.

๐Ÿ“ South Island, New Zealand

5. Wanaka


No matter your budget, this bustling scenic alpine town offers an excellent place to have a magical Christmas. Select between a large range of stays, from hotels, Airbnbs, camping grounds, and more. With Mount Aspiring National Park and Wanaka Lake practically on your doorstep, adventure enthusiasts can go biking, skydiving, water jumping into the glacial blue blues, kayaking and plenty more activities. Indeed, it offers the perfect Christmas holidays to remember.

๐Ÿ“ South Island, New Zealand

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6. Waiheke Island Vineyards

Mudbrick Vineyard
Photo Credit: Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant

This Christmas escape would suit a couple or group with no children. Stay among the vines on this exotic island, and experience awe-inspiring sunsets over Auckland and Rangitoto paired with marvellous wine and intimate romantic dining. Specifically, the award-winning Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant is an incredible place for an indulgent Christmas Day dinner overlooking the Hauraki Gulf. Meanwhile Delamore Lodge offers a unique Mediterranean-inspired stay.

๐Ÿ“ Auckland, North Island, New Zealand

7. Dunedin

Dunedin has been described as the Bali of New Zealand, rich in Scottish and Maori heritage. Indeed, explore an array of castles, wildlife, beaches, natural wonders and more. During Christmas, expect one of beautiful Christmas lights attractions, markets, and fun activities. Additionally, St Clair’s Urban Beach is an amazing place to stay. It offers access to attractions such as hot water pools, wildlife spotting and surfing.

๐Ÿ“ South Island, New Zealandย 

8. Christchurch

Christmas 2021 New Zealand Getaways
Photo Credit: Christchurch Christmas Lights Show

For a change of city scenery, escape to the South Island for Christmas. In Christchurch, explore the city, devour authentic local food and visit Christmas displays such as the famous and unmissable Christchurch Christmas Lights Show. Like any city, there are endless accommodations, from hotels to Airbnbs, catering for any budget. If you’re travelling with a young family, make the trip extra special by opting for a cosy Airbnb, where Santa can deliver the kids presents traditionally.

๐Ÿ“ Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand

9. Wellington

Christmas Getaways New Zealand
Photo Credit: Airbnb

The capital is a remarkable place to immerse yourself in Christmas traditions. Think mouthwatering Christmas food markets, festive events, and more. You’ve the option to stay in the city or escape to the beach. For instance, hotels such as the InterContinental cater an iconic Christmas Day buffet. Otherwise, you could have an intimate family affair by cooking your own Christmas meal, and staying at a stunning Airbnb like the one pictured above.

๐Ÿ“ North Island, New Zealand

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