Learn to ski in NZ with our 10 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package. Cardrona is the perfect ski field for first time skiers, with plenty of wide-open beginner terrain and comprehensive lessons. Our Wanaka first timer packages include three days of lessons and all rental equipment. You’ll be confident in no time with our learn to ski NZ packages.
*Child 3 months – 4 years includes 6 Days Ski Kindy for under 5s, full day care 8.30am – 4pm per day. **Private lesson and ski hire can be added**
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 learn how to ski or snowboard at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Day one of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:
* Ski Kindy at Cardrona offers ski lessons for under 5’s, plus childcare in fully licensed Early Childhood Centres. The Ski Kindy provides an educational programme along with a ski experience led by specialist instructors in a dedicated children’s area. The under-5 price includes full day childcare only (8.30am – 4pm), however a lesson and rentals can be added.
Day two of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:
Test your new skills — collect your rental gear from the on-mountain rental shop and practice until your lesson starts.
Day three of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:
Now that you’re starting to get the hang of it, explore the mountain on your afternoon off and develop your skills.
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 Crossfire, which has clay bird shooting, archery ranges, and a mini putt course.
Day four of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:
Pick and choose where you prefer to ski for your final three days. Your Flexi Pass covers both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski Area. Mix it up, or master the mountain and ski at your favourite ski field for your final three days.
Day five of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:
Explore the mountain with your friends and family. Show off your turns and new skills.
Day six of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:
It’s your last day skiing or snowboarding; soak up the atmosphere and enjoy.
Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour
Spend the day exploring Queenstown. Any Queenstown activity can be added to your ski package to finish your holiday on a high. Suggestions include skydiving, bungy jumping, or the Shotover Jet.
Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.
Make the most of your last day in Queenstown and add a top Queenstown activity. If you want to branch out a bit, 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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