Go Snowshoeing in Queenstown, New Zealand
The Southern Hemisphere does not have a surplus of picturesque winter villages. Queenstown, New Zealand is an exception. Set on the shores of the s-shaped Lake Wakatipu, this compact city of cobbled streets and cozy cafes is a slice of urbanity etched into a rugged landscape. It's also the "adventure capital of the world" with a long menu of thrills that now includes snowshoeing through the nearby Remarkables mountain range. Half-day and full-day hikes offer a chance to learn how to read the snow and chose your own trail with the help of an experienced guide.
How to get here: Book a flight to Queenstown Airport (via Auckland) and sign up for a tour with Guided Walks New Zealand.