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Kiwis happy to head out in winter

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/05/2017

© Getty Images New Zealanders are far from hibernators when the weather gets cold, according to an AA survey.

Walking has been found to be the most common winter pastime, while heading out to spend time with family and friends is also high on the list.

This is despite more than half of the 6000 people who participated in the survey identifying themselves as "indoor warriors" rather than "outdoor explorers".

"There's a perception that most of us would rather hibernate at home than go out, but that's definitely not what we've found," AA Traveller marketing manager Rhys James said.

"Hitting the snow, playing sport, and getting out sightseeing or exploring new places were all mentioned strongly in the survey."

Among indoor activities, reading, and arts and crafts - particularly knitting - proved popular.

"Knitting has been making a comeback across a lot of generations," Mr James said.

"That's one of the most commonly mentioned crafts we spotted through the survey."

AA members' top-seven favourite winter pastimes:

+ Walking and hiking

+ Reading

+ Watching TV shows or a movie

+ Socialising with family or friends

+ Hitting the snow

+ Arts and crafts

+ Wining and dining.

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