A table by the fire, the clack of Scrabble tiles & a glass of ale. Alice Galletly describes the perfect conditions for playing her favourite winter sports.
Fresh snow! Derek Grzelewski delights in the elusive and ephemeral "powder" snow. Soft like eiderdown, it's one of nature's greatest miracles.
Want to take a relaxing hot dip? This handy map shows you the locations of all the hot pools around New Zealand.
Comedian and writer Michele A'Court discusses her favourite wintery thing to do; ice skating.
Kathryn Webster indulges in the pleasures of relaxing in a piping hot natural pool at the Wairakei Terraces, near Taupo.
Superstar chef Martin Bosley shares his favourite winter food menus and offers a few delicious cooking tips.
Greg Bruce finds winter magic amongst the pages of the Film Festival programme and up on the silver screen of Auckland's majestic Civic theater.
New Zealand poet Ashleigh Young details a winter night out in this piece especially written for AA Directions.
David Farrier has an unusual winter hobby. Don't try this at home!
Sharon Stephenson finds grim satisfaction in mid-winter running.