What to do in winter: ideas for the family

Our pick of things to do

Go skiing

In less than a couple of hours drive from Timaru, you'll find yourself at several family-friendly ski resorts.

There’s Mt Dobson, at the southern end of the Two Thumb Range, which is ideal for novice to intermediate skiers. Fox Peak, at the highest point of the Two Thumb Range, is a mixed-ability club field. Roundhill, near Tekapo, is great for beginners, intermediates and more advanced skiers. Mt Hutt is, one of the most popular resorts, is ideal for all ability levels.

Grab the kids, rug up and have a blast on the ski slopes.

Go stargazing

Our region is ideal for stargazing and checking out the Mackenzie and Aoraki Mt Cook international dark sky reserve. Jump in the car and drive to Tekapo, then book the family in for a stargazing a day or night tour with Earth and Sky.

If that's not quite enough, travel further to Aoraki Mount Cook and book yourselves in for a Digital Dome Planetarium tour.

Check out Tekapo Springs

A 90-minute drive from Timaru is Tekapo Springs, a great place for a family day out. Tekapo Springs has outdoor hot pools, an open-air ice rink and a tube park. It'll keep the kids busy for hours.

Take a OneRing Tour

If your kids loved the Lord of the Rings movies, you may want to head to Twizel and take a Lord of the Rings movie-inspired tour with OneRing Tours.

Tours of up two-hours take you on location and provide insight into movie making. Another great day tour.

Take the family on a heli-tour

Check out the South Island’s stunning snow-capped mountains and glaciers from above with a heli-tour. The Helicopter Line operate scenic flights throughout nearby Mackenzie country and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Nearest pickup area is Twizel, a two-hour drive inland from Timaru.

A great option for a crisp and clear winter's day.