Sun, Ski and Slopes: New Zealand is a perfectly cool summer destination
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Summer vacations are always about lounging around the pool and building sun castles, but this year why not trade in your bucket and spade for a pair of skis and hit the slopes in New Zealand. New Zealand is known for its high-quality snow with a huge choice of resorts to choose from, so why not trade in the beach and chase down the snow with a flight out to New Zealand costing as little as £250 from certain UK airports. Being one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets (and widely accepted as being one of New Zealand’s best resorts) Treble Cone has one of the best terrains, offering slopes catering for beginners and pros. It is the largest ski area in New Zealand's South Island and offers some of the longest verticals in the Southern Lakes. It's long, winding, and well-kept slopes are perfect for all levels and abilities. Treble Cone sits amongst many other incredible ski resorts, but where better to relax after a hard day hitting the slopes than taking in the sights of world-famous cities like Auckland and Wellington. Sight-seeing tours aren’t the only additional attraction for skiing in New Zealand, music festivals are common amongst the slopes attracting DJs and bands from across the globe and tickets selling out in a matter of days. A major annual festival takes place in Queenstown every June; Queenstown Winter Festival puts on a beautiful fireworks display, lighting up the cold and brisk Kiwi skies. The 10-day event is jam-packed with weird and wonderful competitions (including a dog derby and dog barking), a 70s disco workout, and live music and comedy. With summer usually being dedicated to sunbathing and swimming, New Zealand’s skiing hotels have been known to sit above the clouds providing the perfect opportunity to catch a bronze tan whilst swimming in a heated pool. These winter hotels are the ultimate recovery havens after a day on the slopes, with most kitchens offering big buffet breakfasts and lunches. With numerous fun-filled opportunities to be found atop the Kiwi mountainside, New Zealand has become a Europeans perfect destination for its idealistic melting pots of both winter and summer activities.
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