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NZ or Tassie? When best for snow?


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#1 Cat©

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

We need to make a choice, NZ or Tassie. Im from NZ so know how beautiful that is, but neither of us have been to Tassie.


We want to go to either when there it still accessable snow for the kids to feel and roll in, but prefer not to go when there is so much snow you cant access anything. So I guess when theres snow higher up but still accessable by car but not snow on the flats.

Thinking NZ would be September? Unsure about Tassie totally.

Anyone been to both, where would you go?

It will be about 3-4 weeks we go for.

Reasons for NZ - photography and snow, and to show my children where I am from.
Reason for Tassie - we have thought about moving there in the future, plus also photography, snow.

Hard decision but we cant do both this year.

Edited by Cat©, 24 January 2013 - 12:07 PM.


#2 SDEE

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

no guarantee of snow in Tassie, so if thats a must for your holiday I would be going NZ.
Yes Tassie gets snow that is realtively accessible, it is intermittent and really depends on the year and season we are having.
Although Tassie is a lovely place to visit and live!!

#3 PurpleNess

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:15 PM

Agreed NZ far more reliable for snow as PP said. To me Tassie is more of a summer vacation - East coast, wine, food etc :-)

#4 Cat©

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:18 PM

Oh sad.gif  I thought there was snow always in Tassies south in winterish time (so June through aug/sept).

I think seasons are changing so much. We were surprised when we went to Vic a few weeks back at the lack of greenery, I expected it to be super green but it was jsut like being in WA.

#5 msro82

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

I live in Tassie and there is no set time it will snow! My DD's day care a couple of years ago planned a trip up the mountain to see the snow, there was no snow! It would be disappointing for you to book a trip and there be no snow.

#6 Cat©

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

So even if we go in June/July we may still see no snow? This is getting depressing! lol


#7 PrincessPeach

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

We lucked out & there was snow on the top of Mt Wellington & that was the September school holidays.

To me I think both options are beautiful, in fact the North Island of NZ reminded me a lot of my Tassie trip - so  I don't think you could go wrong either way.

Though I am fairly sure the South Island of NZ would have snow somewhere in Spetember.

#8 msro82

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:41 PM

There will be snow, but what if you are here for a week and that's the week with no snow or inaccessible snow! There many other things to do here and chances are you will get snow.

#9 **Xena**

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

Yes if you specificlly want snoz NZ is probably your best bet. We do get snow every year but it's unpredictable. We've had snow at the start of Summer before laughing2.gif

However I definitely recommend visiting Tas for our food and wine biggrin.gif

#10 Peanut

Posted 24 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

It snowed on Mt Wellington on the day we arrived (17th October 2010) but that was the only time in the next 3 weeks we were there and we didn't get to the mountain on that day.  sad.gif

That said, Tassie is quite simply gorgeous and even if you don't get snow you will get wonderful photo opportunities!

#11 Cat©

Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

They cost about the same, think we are looking at about $14k for 3 weeks inc airfares and accomodation (7 of us). I think Tassie is $10k, so no real difference as such.

May look more into NZ then and perhaps we can do Tassie next year.


Thanks all!

#12 Apageintime

Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:56 PM

I've found neither have reliable snow seasons.

Do you want to see actual falling snow, or just snow on the ground, or are you hoping to ski?

If you HAVE to see falling snow I'd be looking at Japan or China for their snow festivals in February.

The Sapporo snow festival is incredible and well worth the adventure, If you were willing to fly jetstar I think it would be acheivable on your budget.




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