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  Reply # 2062559 25-Jul-2018 20:27
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Favourite winter holiday would be Japan, where we discovered the brilliance of heat packs. It kept us warm no matter how we were dressed. No wonder we saw people in shirts and skirts when it was barely above zero degrees!


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  Reply # 2062581 25-Jul-2018 20:55
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Favourite place to be in winter is Hanmer Springs. I could soak in those pools for hours, especially during winter time. Worth hiring a holiday home for the weekend and just relax.

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  Reply # 2062660 25-Jul-2018 22:24
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We usually try to get some skiing done up at Ruapehu every year with the girls. Now they are older and becoming their own person everything is a rush rush... "can we go yet?" But there was a time a few years back when building a perfect igloo was both their idea and the only important thing (maybe Club Penguin had something to do with it?)






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  Reply # 2062802 26-Jul-2018 09:48
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A family holiday many years ago "skiing" on Mt Ruapehu. I use inverted commas because it was more like falling over frequently rather than skiing.

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  Reply # 2063152 26-Jul-2018 19:15
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Favorite winter holiday I can remember was traveling eastern Europe back in 2011/2012 a different experience to my summer holidays over there.
A winter blast came down from Siberia and froze most of Europe and got to experience things like frozen rivers, watching people ice skating on frozen dams, not being able to see the outside exhibits at the Belgrade air force museum as they were buried under meters of snow.
At that time it had been the coldest I had experienced that I know of with the daily high in Belgrade ending up at -9.


Here is a photo from Budapest where it was slightly warmer (-6), this was not part of my travel plans at the time but due to issues in Bulgaria due to the weather I went this way and had a few days reset which involved the Natural hot pools in the evenings, truly recommended in this weather.
I would recommend taking Jandals next time as it was very cold on the feet moving between the outdoor and indoor facilities. 


Getting back to Bristol in the UK felt like arriving in the tropics.








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  Reply # 2063476 27-Jul-2018 11:40
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We were stock in Queenstown after our winter holiday due to weather.  We ended up extending our stay for another 4 days where we were able to visit as much places in Queenstown than originally planned.


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  Reply # 2064403 28-Jul-2018 22:49
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Best winter holiday I had was where me and some friends spent a week snowboarding in Ohakune. By the second to last day we were all a bit tired so headed up the country to Whangamata for the rest of the holiday. Amazing to be in a country where you can be in the snow, drive for 4 or 5 hours and then be at a beautiful beach for a mid winter swim. 

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  Reply # 2064445 29-Jul-2018 09:37
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The best holiday is always the one that is coming up! - heading to Queenstown soon to meet up with some friends from the UK that I haven't seen in 20 odd years and do a bit of skiing. Looking forward to it.


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  Reply # 2065875 31-Jul-2018 21:19
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A couple of winters back we decided to take a cycle trip around the "big coast" east of Wellington.


Surprisingly it was a weekend of gale force Northerlies, daunting at departure time.


We left from Upper Hutt and had a free ride down to Eastbourne. I figured we would pay the price once we got around the other side, Turakirae Head or thereabouts.



But no. As luck would have it, the Northerly turns Northwest on that side and blows off the hills out to sea, leaving a shadow for us to ride up to our day's end at Lake Onoke.





Still finished the day in the dark. If it was as windy as we had feared we might still be out there.




Next day, returning through the Remutaka Incline, it was a similar story. Yes, gales. No, not the raging headwinds we planned on.


For the middle of winter it turned out to be a much more pleasant two days than the weather maps suggested.

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  Reply # 2066046 1-Aug-2018 08:07
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I don't actually remember having any winter holidays.


The closest which I do remember was a late Autumn trip to Aussie when I was a kid, where we visited the theme parks and did some other touristy stuff.

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  Reply # 2067055 2-Aug-2018 18:33
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I remember driving down to the desert road from Taupo with some friends, when it was snowing.. we ended up a bit too far when they closed the road and we got a bit stuck. XD



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  Reply # 2067132 2-Aug-2018 20:12
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A bus trip from Prague to a tiny ski resort in Austria. Had a skidoo ride up the mountain to our accommodation and got snowed in while a blizzard went through. Hot chocolate with liquors was great sustenance!

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  Reply # 2067158 2-Aug-2018 21:02
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A holiday during our winter to Bali in my younger days, a lot of drinking and partying, did go to Ubud and also had lunch at some place that looked out towards a volcano, nice and warm.......




also stayed in the Mackenzie area and while snow sking up Ohau, had a crash sking and injured my shoulder, was cold, wet, in pain, later an operation and quite sometime off work.... it happens









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  Reply # 2067159 2-Aug-2018 21:04
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Nah, best for me the ones to Raro, Fiji (just back), Palm Cove, Townsville (smoke from sugar cane fires aside!) and the likes in July - Aug.  Out, damn cold!



Ah, Fiji a few days ago ... 

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  Reply # 2067160 2-Aug-2018 21:04
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Nothing like a nice relaxing holiday in Hanmer Springs, nothing like relaxing in the toasty hot pools whilst the outside weather is freezing. Except for when you have to get out!

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