Christchurch becomes a winter wonderland during the cold months (June to August in the Southern Hemisphere). With little or no wind and biting frost, this is the place to experience winter as it should be. The clear blue skies and long days of sunlight means the great outdoors beckon, and those great outdoors are sure to be covered in a soft blanket of powdery snow. There are so many different winter activities to partake in that a weekend getaway might not be long enough! Glampers will be spoiled for choice, and the range of winter sports includes skiing and snowboarding at Mt Hutt, Selwyn 6 or Mount Olympus; ice-skating on Christchurch’s numerous lakes; making snow angels and relaxing in the hot pools at Hanmer Springs; or enjoying calm winter walks among the glacial lakes in Mackenzie. There is also the option of stargazing in Mackenzie, which boasts a Dark Sky Reserve. So whether it’s snuggling up with a warm blanket and cocoa in a charming cabin, or feeling the crisp air bite as you venture outdoors, there are lots of options for winter weekend getaways near Christchurch.