Option to add Ski Kindy or Kids’ Club:
*** Ski Kindy at Cardrona offers ski lessons for under 5’s, plus childcare in fully licensed Early Childhood Centres, from 8.30am until 4pm. The Ski Kindy provides an educational programme along with a ski experience led by specialist instructors in a dedicated children’s area. Ask for childcare under questions.***
*** Cardrona Kids’ Club is a dedicated kid’s facility for 5 – 14yrs. Kids’ Club is an awesome option for kids & parents alike. Kids’ Club is open from 8.30am until 4pm daily. Choose from either a half day with no lunch, half day including lunch or full day options which always include lunch. Ask for childcare under questions.***
Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70km / 1 hour
Arrive in Queenstown, the entry point to the Southern Lakes ski region.
Collect your rental car from Queenstown Airport, then drive over the stunning Crown Range along New Zealand’s highest state highway. Mountains frame the road, snow dusting their slopes, and there are photo stops aplenty.
When you arrive in the vibrant, laid-back ski town of Wanaka, check in to your accommodation and get settled in. You can venture downtown to check out the lake and the local shops, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your family ski adventures.
Stay 8 nights in Wanaka.
Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to to get your family ski holiday started!
Day one of your 5-Day Cardrona Alpine Resort Pass includes:
Cardrona is a relaxed and friendly ski area that has been entertaining skiers and snowboarders for 35 years. Explore it all – wide open beginner trails, pristine groomers, fun free-ride terrain, and world class parks and pipes.
**Your ski days do NOT have to be consecutive. The schedule outlined here is just an example of how you can plan your stay.**
Day two of your 5-Day Cardrona Alpine Resort Pass includes:
Have an amazing family ski experience at Cardrona, then share the trials and triumphs at après-ski in Wanaka.
Day three of your 5-Day Cardrona Alpine Resort Pass includes:
Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.
In the evening, while you’re resting those legs, you might like to catch a movie at Wanaka’s famous local theatre, Cinema Paradiso (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).
On your day off, indulge in the rest and recovery options Wanaka offers. Take a long, lazy lunch beside the lake, visit Puzzling World or the National Toy and Transport Museum, or take a walk along one of the stunning tracks. For a bit of fun, spend the day at Take a Shot, which has clay bird shooting, archery ranges, and a mini putt course.
Day four of your 5-Day Cardrona Alpine Resort Pass includes:
Day five of your 5-Day Cardrona Alpine Resort Pass includes:
Fire up those ski legs for your last day on the slopes. Relish in the lifetime family memories.
Enjoy a relaxing day exploring Wanaka and beyond. You may wish to take a 20 minute drive to neighbouring Lake Hawea for lunch.
Recover and rejuvenate!
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour
Spend today taking a look around the stunning lakeside town. Any family activity in Queenstown can be added to your ski package to finish your holiday on a high–suggestions include the Shotover Jet, night skiing at Coronet Peak, 4WD safaris to Middle-Earth, and lake cruises.
To recharge, add a family lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station or at the top of Skyline Gondola (your kids will have a great time on the hilltop luge!).
Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Relax, explore, enjoy!
To get the most out of your New Zealand holiday, you can add on a day trip to Milford Sound, known as the “eighth wonder of the world.”
At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.
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