Cold Climate Camping Australia and New Zealand

Emma 23.04.2024

Are you a snow camper or love a crisp night under a warm blanket camping in winter? If you are, check out Lonely planet’s new Under The Stars Camping in Australia and New Zealand new hardcover publication. 

If you’re curious about some camping but not sure if you’d last a whole chilly night, test the waters with some ‘cold climate’ camping first. You will experience stargazing and night sounds, babbling brooks or being out in the elements. Choose an isolated location or glamp in accommodation with retractable roofs or sides or stay in a stunning converted kombi van or shed.

This book is not limited to cold climate locations but has 200 camping spots catalogued in each state of Australia as well as divided between New Zealand’s North and South Island. They’re not all off the beaten track but are an excellent mix of drive to locations, hike in only access, wade across river access, huts, glamping pods and abandoned but cool buildings. And it’s great to see a mountain biking, 4 wheel driving  and paddling section included. 

When planning, take note when each location is available for booking as many are inaccessible in the winter months. Equally as many have all year round access. 

Cold Climate Highlights:

Glenmore station, New Zealand  

Six private ski huts in Lake Tekapo, located in some of New Zealand’s best backcountry ski touring terrain. Overnight stays are accessible by car or skiing only.

Mueller Hut, Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, New Zealand

A little red shack located 1800 metres above sea level accessible on foot only from November. 

The Lindis Pods , Ahuriri Valley, New Zealand

Mirrored floor to ceiling glass pods on three sides. Big on views located high on a high country sheep and cattle property accessible by car. 

Liverpool Hut at Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

A hut with an incredible view through the Matukituki Valley & the high peaks beyond. Accessible by hiking. 

Howitt Hut camping area, Victoria in Alpine National Park, Australia

A remote hut originally built in the early 20th century but rebuilt over the last hundred years is one of the oldest colonial structures in this section of the park. Accessible by hiking or you can drive up. 

The Hideaway, Hobart city, Tasmania

A stunning converted shipping container, hidden in established gardens of a heritage property with retractable roof above your bed to the fresh Tassie air and the stars. If you like the idea of camping but still appreciate the comforts of life this gorgeous spot has underfloor heating and hairdryers. 

Kombi camping, Huon Valley, Tasmania

Sleep in a stunning renovated kombi, positioned next to a mountain stream. Enjoy the cooler Tassie nights around the open fire pit or next to the pot belly stove in the kitchen hut. Swim in private waterholes or enjoy a warm outdoor shower.

Mountain biking 

Read about the Alpine biking in Victoria and Tasmania and it includes Mt Buller and Mystic Bike Park in Bright. We can’t wait to get out amongst it in these family-friendly locations.

Paddling Adventures

It’s great to see a couple of pages dedicated to paddle adventures to include on an outdoor adventure. This guide book outlines 5 Tasmanian 1 day to 1 week paddling adventures, the Mersey River, Tasman Peninsula, Corinna, the Franklin River and Bathurst Harbour.

This gorgeous book is available online or ask for it at your local bookstores. It makes for an excellent gift for all ages. Go and find adventure. WIN For a chance to win a copy of the book, head to Snow Action on instagram and tell us why you’d like to win. Winner drawn May 1st 2024.