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Jamie Dennison – Ski Consultant Manager

Date: November 21st, 2022, Posted by francine

I am the Ski Consultant Manager here at New Zealand Ski Packages. I am originally from Queenstown and I have grown up around the mountains! I come from a competitive ski racing background and spent my childhood and early teenage years ski racing for New Zealand. I then carried on to complete my ski instructors course. I chased winters around the world for 5 years teaching skiing to adults and children. I specialised in teaching children from 3-17 years old. I am now lucky enough to call Wanaka home! With the gorgeous scenery and abundance of outdoor activities at my doorstop, there is no place id rather be! I cannot wait to share my passion and love for New Zealand with you!

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Alex Gillespie – Ski Consultant

Date: November 21st, 2022, Posted by francine

Avid skier, passionate ski consultant. I’m here to help create an unforgettable New Zealand ski experience for you. I have always been a big fan of skiing, so moved to spectacular Wanaka and have loved every minute of this incredible place. I love an adventure and have been lucky enough to ski New Zealand’s ski fields extensively. I now get to share my local knowledge with you! I can’t wait to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you, let’s get planning!

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Samantha Wilson – Ski Consultant

Date: November 21st, 2022, Posted by francine

Snow lover and experienced ski consultant. I’m here to book an amazing New Zealand ski holiday for you. Born and raised on the West Coast of the South Island, I am local and love exploring the natural beauty of New Zealand and now I get to share my experience and passion with you. My love for the great outdoors has only grown since making the move down to Wanaka. I can’t wait to share my backyard with you, let’s start planning your ski holiday!

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Sarah Christie – Logistics Specialist 

Date: November 21st, 2022, Posted by francine

I am a Logistics and Administration Specialist here at New Zealand Ski Packages. Originally from Dunedin, New Zealand, I shifted to Wanaka many years ago and absolutely love it. The ski fields and mountains make this part of the world vibrant and unique, making it an exciting place to live and work in. I work behind the scenes to ensure your ski holiday is seamless.

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Meg Griffin – Logistics Specialist 

Date: November 21st, 2022, Posted by francine

I am a Logistics and Administration Specialist here at New Zealand Ski Packages. Originally from Southland, New Zealand, I love the South Island and all that it offers and have spent a lot of time travelling around New Zealand. I started my career in Aviation in the worlds coolest capital, Wellington, which enabled me to frequently travel to some of my most favourite parts of New Zealand. I now call Wanaka home and I am looking forward to booking your ski holiday and sharing our fabulous country with you.

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Top 10 Wanaka Activities

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

For a small town, Wanaka is full of activities to keep you busy off the slopes. With a thriving cafe culture, an impressive line-up of restaurants, and countless boutique shops to explore, the compact downtown is a great place to relax and soak in the views.

And once you run out of activities in town, venture further afield on one of the top Wanaka scenic drives.

The top 10 Wanaka activities are:

  • Puzzling World
  • Rippon Winery
  • Warbirds & Wheels
  • National Transport & Toy Museum
  • Cardrona Distillery
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Crossfire
  • Local Bars
  • Millennium Walkway and the Wanaka Tree
  • Hiking & Biking

Read on to learn more about these top Wanaka activities.

Top 10 Wanaka Activities

1. Puzzling World

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With its distinctive leaning tower beckoning from the highway, Puzzling World is a great family destination that lives up to the hype.

Be sure to bring a camera. From tilted rooms to confounding sculptures, the displays here are life-sized and interactive—and guaranteed to mess with your head! As an added bonus, the maze is a great way for your kids to let off a bit of steam.

2. Rippon Winery

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Rippon Winery

The Central Otago region was once thought to be unsuitable for wine growing—until a number of wineries sprang up in Wanaka and Queenstown and proved the experts wrong with their complex, distinctive vintages.

There’s no better place to taste the Central Otago flavours than Rippon Winery, where the views are as good as the wines! Perched on top of a hill overlooking Lake Wanaka, Rippon Winery is the only vineyard located within walking distance of the township.

3. Warbirds and Wheels

Home to the biennial Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow, Wanaka is famous for its fighter planes. From WWI-era aircraft through to modern jets, you can see some of the most iconic planes at the Warbirds and Wheels museum. And if that isn’t enough, the museum is also home to a fantastic collection of vintage cars!

Finish off your experience with a visit to the 1950s Retro Diner, which serves breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the whole family.

4. National Transport & Toy Museum

For a more kid-friendly version of the Warbirds museum, the National Transport and Toy Museum boasts a fantastic collection of cars, aircraft, trucks, motorcycles, and more. In addition, you’ll find enough toys to keep your young ones busy for hours. With indoor and outdoor play areas and an extensive store, you will want to allow plenty of time to explore!

This is a perfect rainy-day option.

5. Cardrona Distillery

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After a long day of skiing, you may want to stop at the new Cardrona Distillery, where you can taste an array of spirits unlike any you’ve tried before. Be sure to check out the barrelhouse, where liquors are aged to perfection for up to ten years!

6. Cinema Paradiso

This atmospheric cinema does things the old-fashioned way, with small theatres and a more intimate experience. From the sofas used for seats (plus an old car, so you can pretend you’re at a classic drive-through!) to the freshly-baked cookies at half-time (be sure to order ahead), Cinema Paradiso is not just about the movies. But the film selection is great as well. Check the movie times in advance, as all new releases are sure to be playing.

7. Crossfire

If you still have energy left after a few long days on the slopes, you will find an impressive array of activities at Crossfire. With a mini-putt, rifle and archery ranges, clay bird shooting, a unique spongeball-cannon battlefield, and a giant pool table combined combined with croquet mallets, you’re guaranteed to have a blast! Note that only the mini-putt is suitable for kids under the age of 8.

8. Local Bars

Wanaka has no shortage of bars to visit for après-ski after a long day on the snow. Many have live music and games; check out the local Messenger (a free magazine) for the weekly event schedule. Popular options include the Bullock Bar, Fitzpaticks Irish Pub, the Water Bar, Woodys Sports Bar, Speight’s Ale House, and Ruby’s Cinema & Bar.

9. Millennium Walkway and the Wanaka Tree

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The Wanaka Tree

The best way to enjoy the lakeside beauty of Wanaka is with a stroll along the Millennium Walkway. This walking trail starts at Roy’s Bay and continues to follow the lakefront all the way to Glendhu Bay (a popular campground in summer). If you walk far enough (about 10 minutes), you can actually take a side track right up to Rippon Winery!

Along the way, you’ll have the chance to photograph the famous Wanaka Tree, a half-drowned tree that creates the perfect frame for the spectacular setting. This is one of the most popular Wanaka activities.

10. Hiking & Biking

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Roy’s Peak Track Wanaka

Wanaka is an outdoor-lover’s paradise—and that isn’t just confined to skiing. If your legs have a bit more life left in them, you could rent a bike and explore one of the many local trails. Options include scenic routes like the Millennium Walkway as well as more technical tracks such as those in Sticky Forest and Dean’s Bank.

Or you could take a walk along one of the nearby tracks. Mt Iron is the easiest, as it sits right behind town, but Roy’s Peak is also a classic option (beware the possibility of snow at the top). The walk to Rob Roy Glacier is one of the best day trips around, if your car can handle the fords and gravel road on the way to Mount Aspiring National Park.

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Scenic Drives Around Wanaka

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Our favorite Wanaka scenic drives are:

  • Mount Cook Village (5 hours return)
  • Haast Pass and Blue Pools (2 hours return)
  • Mt Aspiring National Park (2 hours return)
  • Kawarau Gorge and Gibbston Valley of Vines (2 hours return)
  • Lake Hawea (40 minutes return)

These Wanaka scenic drives make for a rewarding off-slope activity. If you have a day or two off the slopes, you might want to make the most of your time and see more of New Zealand.

There are a number of scenic drives around Wanaka, from short trips to all-day excursions. All include excellent stops along the way.

Read on for more details about the top 5 Wanaka scenic drives.

Wanaka Scenic Drives

1. Mount Cook Village, 5 hours return

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Though this scenic day trip is a full-day endeavour, it packs a lot of New Zealand’s best scenery into the drive! Along the way, you’ll be able to check New Zealand’s highest mountain and largest glacier off your list.

Highlights

You’ll first pass by two museums on the outskirts of Wanaka – the Warbirds and Wheels museum and the National Toy and Transport Museum. These are great options for spending a morning of exploration.

As you continue past the town of Cromwell (easily recognisable from the giant statue of fruit downtown!) you will see a number of wineries along the roadside, many open for cellar door tastings.

Lindis Pass is the next scenic highlight, with a great lookout over the golden hills nearby. You’ll want to check ahead of time to see if you need to bring your chains for the drive over.

Just before Twizel, the High Country Salmon farm is a fun place to stop and look at the fish. If you’re getting hungry, you can buy a sample as well!

Lake Pukaki is not long after that, with fantastic views across the lake towards Mt Cook. If the weather is good, you might want to continue along the main road for the best viewpoints.

Mount Cook Village is located at the end of a road that follows Lake Pukaki into the heart of the Southern Alps. Nestled at the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, the village is surrounded by fantastic alpine views. While you’re there, you could enjoy the scenic walk to Kea Point. In addition, you could visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre to watch planetarium shows and films on New Zealand.

Be sure to make the short drive to Tasman Valley, where you can take a short 10-minute walk up to a viewing point over Tasman Glacier. There are icebergs floating on the terminal lake, and the mountains surrounding Tasman Glacier are every bit as impressive as the glacier itself.

2. Haast Pass & Blue Pools, 2 hours return

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This drive takes you through one of New Zealand’s most beautiful alpine passes. Haast Pass Highway is lined with dramatic mountains, braided turquoise rivers, and hanging glaciers. Continue all the way to the Blue Pools, a scenic highlight, or simply drive as far as you wish.

Highlights

The township of Hawea is a good stop for morning coffee, with sweeping views across the lake and surrounding mountains. From there, the road is winding – and even more scenic – as it hugs the shores of Lake Hawea.

Makarora is the next spot for a rest stop, located just past the head of Lake Wanaka. The Makarora Country Cafe is a good roadside stopping point.

The Blue Pools are a scenic highlight. A short stroll takes you to a swing bridge over the dramatic turquoise water. Further along, you have the option to continue walking a bit longer if you want to explore.

Just 10 minutes farther along the road, Fantail Falls is a great stop. Thunder Creek Falls is less than 5 minutes past that.

3. Mount Aspiring National Park, 2 hours return

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You’ll need a car that can handle dirt roads and fords to drive all the way to the end of the road, but it’s a beautiful drive no matter how far you go. This road takes you to the start of Mount Aspiring National Park, the closest wilderness area to Wanaka.

Highlights

Rippon Winery, just outside of Wanaka, is a great place for a wine tasting. The winery is located at the top of a hill overlooking Lake Wanaka, so you won’t find better views anywhere (outside the ski fields, anyway!).

A turnoff soon after that leads to a viewpoint of Mount Aspiring, an impressive white-capped mountain the dominates the skyline.

If you want to stretch your legs, the Diamond Lake Track offers several viewpoints along the way, so you can choose your level of difficulty. The first outlook is only 15 minutes past the car park, with the highest point (Rocky Mountain) 45 minutes above that.

Raspberry Flats Car Park marks the end of the road and the start of a number of scenic tracks. The most popular is the 3-hour return hike to Rob Roy Glacier, a spectacular hanging glacier located in a pristine alpine meadow.

4. Kawarau Gorge & Gibbston Valley of Vines, 2 hours return

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If you drove to Wanaka from Queenstown, you probably took the quickest route over the Crown Range, which means you haven’t seen the Kawarau Gorge yet. This is a great alternative route back to Queenstown – it takes an hour and a half, compared to an hour over the Crown Range, but it’s just as scenic as the Crown Range (albeit in a different way).

Highlights

The Kawarau Gorge is an impressive canyon running alongside the road, with a turquoise river churning far below.

The Goldfields Mining Centre, located in the gorge, is a great way to experience the rich history of this region. Explore the historic houses, learn about the challenges these miners faced, and even try your hand at panning for gold!

As you near the end of the gorge, the historic Kawarau Bridge is on your right. It’s an interesting historic piece in its own right – but more interesting still are the bungy jumpers constantly throwing themselves off the bridge! Watch them have a go, or even try it yourself.

The Gibbston Valley of Vines begins as the Kawarau Gorge widens. Numerous wineries line the road, and most of them offer tastings (and often tours as well).

5. Lake Hawea, 40 minutes return

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This is a shorter version of the Haast Pass day trip. Only 20 minutes from Wanaka, Lake Hawea is an easy destination that allows you to spend the day relaxing on the lakefront and enjoying the local cafes.

Highlights

Lake Hawea is arguably even more dramatic than Lake Wanaka, with rugged mountains ringing the lake and very little shoreline. You can enjoy a lakeside stroll, or relax with a coffee from the Sailz Cafe.

Puzzling World is located along the main road leaving Wanaka, just before the turnoff to Hawea. This is a great rainy-day destination and a fun way to spend an afternoon!

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The Best Place to Learn to Ski in New Zealand – Cardrona

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

With so many world-class ski resorts to choose from, it can be tricky to decide which to visit. But for first-time skiers, one ski resort tops the list as the best place to learn to ski in New Zealand: Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Why is Cardrona the best place to ski in New Zealand for beginners?

  • Flexible First Timer Packages don’t lock you into a set number of days
  • New Zealand’s most comprehensive childcare and lesson programs
  • The country’s most extensive beginner terrain
  • Wanaka is a laid-back, fun town for all ages
  • All-inclusive First Timer Packages set you up with all necessary ski gear and clothing

How far is Cardrona from Queenstown?

Located just 1 hour from Queenstown and 45 minutes from the picturesque alpine town of Wanaka, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the perfect ski field for beginners.

From unbeatable deals on first-timer packages to great childcare and under-5s lesson packages, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the consistently ranked as the best place to learn to ski in New Zealand for all ages.

5 Reasons Cardrona is the Best Place to Learn to Ski in New Zealand

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Cardrona Alpine Resort base

1. Flexible First-Timer Packages suit every schedule

While most ski fields in New Zealand lock you into a set 4-day Intro to Snow Package, Cardrona Alpine Resort offers 1-day, 2-day, and 3-day First Timer Packages that will get you off to a great start no matter how long you have in New Zealand.

The best part is that your first day of skiing includes two lessons, while the next two days each only include one lesson, with many time slots to choose from.

This is perfect for two reasons. First, as you begin to gain confidence on the snow, you’ll be glad for the chance to practice your ski skills independently. And second, as a first-time skier, your legs are bound to ache after a full day of skiing! If you need to take it easy on your second day, you can.

No other ski field offers such a flexible and convenient Learn to Ski package. This is the top reason why Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best place to learn to ski in New Zealand.

2. No other ski field in New Zealand offers such comprehensive childcare and lesson options

Not only is Cardrona Alpine Resort the best place to learn to ski in New Zealand for adults, but it’s also ideal for kids of all ages.

Cardrona Alpine Resort offers ski lessons even for very young children–according to instructors, children can learn to ski as soon as they can walk! For under-5s, Cardrona Alpine Resort provides private lessons and small group lessons that combine snow play with testing out skis for the first time.

And for ages 5+, the kids’ First Timer Package shares the same schedule as the adults’ version. This is ideal for planning your day on the slopes, because it means you don’t need to arrange any additional childcare.

Other ski fields in New Zealand have more limited childcare and children’s lesson options, whereas Cardrona Alpine Resort caters for every possible family scenario. For any families with a first-time skiers, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the obvious choice.

3. Cardrona Alpine Resort boasts New Zealand’s most extensive beginner terrain

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Most ski fields in New Zealand–and around the world–share a common problem: as soon as you leave the learners’ area, it’s a huge step up to ski any of the other terrain. This can be very intimidating for first-time skiers, and can slow their progression.

Cardrona Alpine Resort does not have this problem. Beginner skiers can easily practice their snowplowing skills on the gentle Skyline Trail before conquering turns on the easy slopes nearby.

And if ski lifts make you (or your children) nervous, you can access all the best beginner terrain by riding the closed gondola cars of the McDougall’s Chondola.

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McDougall’s Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort

4. The nearby town of Wanaka is a laid-back, fun place to stay for all ages

While Queenstown is the most famous ski destination in New Zealand, Wanaka is equally beautiful and lively, though much less intense. The cute, walkable town center of Wanaka doesn’t get nearly the same number of crowds as Queenstown, and there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and sightseeing activities to fill your hours off the slopes.

If you want to experience Queenstown as well, Wanaka is only an hour away, so the two destinations can easily be combined into a great ski holiday.

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Views over Lake Wanaka. Credit: David Wall

5. All-inclusive First Timer Packages set you up with everything you could possibly need for your first time on the snow

If you’ve never skiied before–and especially if you live in Australia, where your chances of seeing snow are very rare–it’s likely you don’t have any of the necessary cold-weather gear.

Cardrona Alpine Resort has you covered here as well. Most ski resorts only rent out certain items of ski clothing, but Cardrona’s First Timer All-Inclusive Packages genuinely offer everything you need for your first time on the snow.

On top of skis, boots, and poles (or snowboard and boots), the all-inclusive package fits you out with a jacket, snow pants, a helmet, goggles, and gloves.

In other words, you can pack light for your New Zealand ski holiday! And if you decide you don’t like skiing after all (or your children are constantly outgrowing their clothes), you won’t have wasted money on gear you only use once.

Planning the Perfect Learn to Ski Holiday in New Zealand

There are several ways to plan your first-ever ski trip to New Zealand. Here are a few general guidelines to help you figure out the best schedule for your unique situation.

1. Start with the best

No matter how long you plan to spend skiing in New Zealand, as a first-time skier, you should start at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

For a perfect introduction to the snow, choose a 5-day Wanaka ski holiday including the Three Day First Timer Package. You can add extra days of sightseeing or skiing at any of New Zealand’s top resorts once the foundation skills are in place.

2. If you have children, take advantage of the childcare and lessons on offer

If you want your whole family to learn to ski, or you’d like to spend time skiing yourselves while your kids are learning, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best family ski field in New Zealand.

At New Zealand’s other ski fields, you can expect to spend more time juggling schedules or looking after your children yourself. So, if you plan to visit several ski fields, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the place to put your children through lessons and get the whole family up to speed with skiing.

And if you’re traveling with young children or your family has a wide range of ages and skill levels, why not spend your full ski holiday at Cardrona Alpine Resort?

3. Allow for plenty of downtime

If you’ve never skied before, you will be surprised by how much your muscles ache after a day on the slopes! Your legs will feel like jelly after a few hours of skiing.

Plan for enough downtime to properly enjoy your ski days. At least one day off after two days of skiing is a good rule.

4. Head to Queenstown after your stay in Wanaka if you want to sample other ski fields or enjoy some of New Zealand’s most famous sights

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If you have a week or more in New Zealand, you can easily spend time in both Wanaka and Queenstown.

Start your stay off by learning to ski at Cardrona Alpine Resort before continuing to Queenstown for a few days of relaxation.

Or, if you want to fit in more skiing now that you’ve learned the basics, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak are excellent ski fields close to Queenstown. The terrain is a step up from the easy slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort, but after completing a First Timer Package, you should have no trouble at either resort.

For a 7-day Learn to Ski holiday, spend 3-4 days skiing in Wanaka followed by 2 nights of sightseeing in Queenstown. Or spend 5 nights in each location so you can complete the Cardrona First Timer Package and still fit in 2-4 days of skiing in Queenstown.

Plan your holiday at the best place to learn to ski in New Zealand today

Skiing in New Zealand is very popular, and the country’s top resort towns are small, which means accommodation books out quickly.

The best time to plan your first ski holiday in New Zealand is now! In other words, the farther in advance you book, the better deals you can secure. You can even book a year in advance.

Browse some of the best discounts on Learn to Ski holidays here, or speak with one of our ski package consultants to design a custom ski holiday at New Zealand’s top ski field for beginners.

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How do I plan a family ski trip?

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

A family ski trip in New Zealand can be the experience of a lifetime, with exhilarating days on the slopes followed by cozy evenings sharing stories over dinner.

However, a family ski trip requires careful planning to ensure all ages and abilities have an equally good experience.

Your off-slope time should be arranged to maximize enjoyment as well. In other words, plan plenty of options for rest days and minimal transportation hassle.

When you plan a family ski trip, make sure you consider these details.

How to plan the perfect family ski trip

On-mountain arrangements

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1. Childcare or lesson programs

The most important consideration for any family ski holiday is the programs available for children. Unless your children are advanced skiers and you plan to ski together as a family for the duration of your holiday, you will want to select a ski field with plenty of programs available for children and teens.

Many ski fields offer full-day lesson programs for children ages 5 and up. However, flexible morning or afternoon programs are even better. This is especially true for less advanced skiers who are likely to tire after a solid morning on the slopes.

If your children are under 5, not all ski fields offer childcare or age-appropriate lessons. Therefore, choosing a ski field catering to your children is crucial.

Cardrona Alpine Resort has the most comprehensive and flexible lesson and childcare programs of any New Zealand ski field.

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Kids’ lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort

2. Terrain

Depending on your family’s skill level, choose a ski field with a wide range of suitable terrain to help both children and adults progress.

Cardrona Alpine Resort has the most extensive beginner terrain in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Mt Hutt and Coronet Peak offer a wide range of beginner through advanced runs. Active teens will enjoy the challenge of advanced lessons on the remote runs at Treble Cone.

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The family-friendly McDougall’s Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort

3. Rental equipment

If your children are growing fast, you will likely need to rent most—if not all—of their ski gear. And if you are traveling from a warm climate, snow clothes such as a jacket, pants, and gloves might be added to the list.

To save your family the hassle of scrambling to find gear, look for a ski field where as many of the required items as possible are available for hire. Most New Zealand ski fields now offer both on-mountain and in-town rental offices for convenient pick-up and drop-off.

Off-mountain arrangements

1. Activities in town

If your children are not experienced skiers, your ski holiday schedule will likely include several rest days and afternoons off. To make the most of your stay in New Zealand—and keep active children from growing bored—choose a destination with plenty of off-slope options.

Queenstown and Wanaka each offer a wide range of activities, enough to keep families busy for weeks. Wanaka is a quieter destination, perfect for families with young children who want to avoid crowds and traffic. Meanwhile, Queenstown is exciting for adventure-seeking teens.

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2. Driving times

To minimize hassle, choose a family ski destination with the shortest possible driving times between airport and accommodation, and between accommodation and ski field.

Most ski fields in New Zealand do not offer on-mountain accommodation. However, if you want to spend your full holiday skiing and don’t mind a bit of isolation, the on-mountain apartments at Cardrona Alpine Resort are a fantastic option (though they book out far in advance).

Queenstown offers the shortest driving times—just 15 minutes from airport to town, and 25 minutes from town to the nearest ski field. In addition, Wanaka is only an hour from Queenstown Airport.

3. Apartment-style accommodation

For maximum comfort and convenience during your ski holiday, be sure to book far in advance to secure an apartment-style family room. Two- or three-bedroom apartments offer full kitchen facilities (perfect for putting together a quick breakfast before hitting the slopes) and a living area to relax in once you return.

As an added bonus, these are often cheaper and more spacious than booking two (or three) separate hotel rooms for your family.

4. Transportation

When you travel as a family of four or more, renting a private 4WD vehicle can be even cheaper than taking mountain coach transport. Be sure to book through New Zealand Ski Packages for excellent savings and package deals that include snow chains, a ski rack, and insurance that covers you for driving on ski roads.

If you are not comfortable with driving on narrow, winding, icy mountain roads, mountain coach transport is a good alternative. Look for flexible options that include multiple departures throughout the day (in case your children grow tired and wish to return early) and pick-up locations near your accommodation.

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New Zealand Ski Resort Transport: Cardrona Alpine Resort

How much does a family ski trip cost?

Prices start from NZD$4699 for a 5-day New Zealand family ski trip for a family of four. This includes accommodation, rental car, and a 3-day lift pass.

Browse our family ski packages to get a better idea of family ski vacation pricing.

Which ski resort is best for beginners?

Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best place to learn to ski in New Zealand.

Cardrona offers gentle terrain, extensive beginner and intermediate runs, and superb lesson offerings. Plus, their “chondola” with gondola carriages is perfect for young skiers.

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10 Day Wanaka Family Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Enjoy a fun-filled family ski holiday in Wanaka. Our NZ family ski packages include ski passes, accommodation, and rental car for ultimate convenience.

Family 10 Night Ski Deal NZ$8499 Now Only NZD$7199 Per Family

Option to add Ski Kindy or Kids/Youth Ski Programmes to our Wanaka, NZ family ski packages:

The Cardrona Ski Kindy is a fully-licensed early childhood education facility with highly experienced & qualified teachers open 8.30am until 4pm. The centre caters for children aged 3months up until their 5th birthday, so whether you want your children to experience snow & learn to ski, or are after somewhere snug & comfy for them to hang while you hit the slopes, we have the perfect place for your family! Ask for childcare under questions.

Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am until 4pm (Cardrona & Treble Cone) for children and youths aged 5-17 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and one or two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Day 1 Wanaka

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.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your family ski holiday started!

Day one of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 5 Wanaka

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 6 Wanaka

Day four of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Enjoy another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone, and show off your new skills!

This afternoon you might like to go for a leisurely stroll along beautiful Lake Wanaka; make sure to get a photograph of the world-famous Wanaka Tree. Relax and unwind in your accommodation this evening.

Day 7 Wanaka

Day five of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 8 Wanaka

Enjoy a relaxing day exploring Wanaka and beyond. You may wish to take a 20 minute drive to neighbouring Lake Hawea for lunch.

Day 9 Queenstown

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.

Day 10 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.”

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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Family New Zealand Snow Packages – (updated)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

It’s no secret that New Zealand is a fantastic destination for family snow holidays. From childcare and lessons designed for little ones to fast-paced lessons and an exciting winter vibe that teens will love, New Zealand truly has something for everyone.

Here are a few tips and top destinations to help you plan the perfect family snow holidays.

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Cardrona Alpine Resort has programs for all ages

Choose a ski field in New Zealand that will suit everyone

Cardrona Alpine Resort offers New Zealand’s best range of beginner terrain. Meanwhile, Mt Hutt and Coronet Peak both have an excellent variety of terrain, from beginner to advanced.

Wanaka and Queenstown, New Zealand’s two top ski towns, are located just an hour apart. Therefore, it’s easy to try out all four local ski fields and fully enjoy your New Zealand snow holidays. You could start out at Cardrona NZ and progress to the more challenging ski resorts as your family gains experience!

Make sure the right accommodations are in place

Not all ski fields offer the same range of facilities for children. In other words, be sure to pick the best ski resort for your family.

Only Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, and Mt Hutt in New Zealand have childcare facilities for under-5s. A few select lessons are offered for younger children at Treble Cone and The Remarkables. However, you might not want to spend a full day skiing anywhere that isn’t set up to look after your children.

Another consideration if you are travelling with young children is what sort of ski lifts are in place. Children too young to ride the chairlifts can still hop on the gondola carriages at Cardrona’s new “Chondola.” This has opened up a new range of fantastic beginner terrain to younger skiers.

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Help first-time skiers get off to a great start

For sheer variety of lessons, Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand can’t be topped. Half-day lessons, full-day lessons, private lessons, group lessons, beginner lessons, and under-5s lessons are all on offer. In other words, you can choose exactly the combination that suits your family for your New Zealand snow holiday.

Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt Hutt in New Zealand also offer a range of lessons for children and adults. However, all lessons are full-day sessions, which means a bit less flexibility. And The Remarkables does not offer anything for children under the age of 4.

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Riding the TSS Earnslaw Steamship in Queenstown

Leave enough downtime for your kids to unwind during your family snow holidays

Especially if you have young children or first-time skiers, you won’t want to over-commit to your time on the slopes. New skiers will get sore and discouraged more easily than experienced pros. Therefore, you should build in some downtime to your family snow holiday schedule.

Queenstown and Wanaka in New Zealand are perfect destinations for enjoying a combination of skiing and off-slope activities. These are top tourist destinations in their own right, so you might as well make the most of your time during New Zealand’s snow holiday and see a few of the sights while you’re here!

Milford Sound is a fantastic scenic destination for those staying in Queenstown (though not suited for young kids, as it includes a very long bus ride), or you could enjoy a few local activities.

Young kids love seeing the animals at Walter Peak High Country Farm, while older kids have a great time riding the Shotover Jet.

Make your family snow holidays as stress-free as possible

Do you hate the thought of driving up icy, treacherous mountain roads? All of New Zealand’s major ski fields offer mountain transport, but the most convenient by far is Queenstown, with inexpensive mountain coaches leaving every 20 minutes from downtown. (You can also book accommodation pick-up, but this doesn’t offer a flexible schedule.)

Do you want to avoid waiting in long lines? You can check in for all Queenstown and Wanaka ski fields down at their town offices. To make things doubly convenient, both Queenstown ski fields are owned by the same operator, so all rental equipment, lessons, and lift passes are interchangeable between the two. Wanaka’s two ski fields are partnered under the Flexi Pass, so you can use the same rental equipment at both, but remember where you picked up your gear, as the two resorts are NOT under the same ownership.

Do you want to enjoy adults-only ski time? Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt in New Zealand all offer licensed childcare and lessons for under-5s, so you know your young ones will be in good hands as you enjoy the slopes. If you have older children, you can take advantage of full-day lessons with a supervised lunch at Cardrona Alpine Resort, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt in New Zealand.

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The Best Place to Ski in New Zealand

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

I’m going to come clean right away – there is no such thing as the “best” place to ski in New Zealand. The best place for you will depend on whether you are looking for incredible views, uncrowded runs, family-friendly terrain, or a buzzing ski town.

Here are our favourite ski destinations in New Zealand:

  • For families: Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • To experience the alpine resort town vibe: Queenstown (Coronet Peak and The Remarkables)
  • For advanced skiers: Treble Cone
  • To avoid crowds: Mt Hutt
  • Best views: The Remarkables
  • Least expensive ski resort: Mt Hutt

Read on to learn why each ski field is best in its category.

The Best Place to Ski in New Zealand

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Family ski at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Best place to ski in New Zealand for families: Cardrona Alpine Resort

We might be biased, since our team is based in Wanaka, but Cardrona has always been a favourite ski destination of ours. From the vast range of beginner/intermediate terrain and the new kid-friendly gondola carriages to the extensive child-care and lesson options, Cardrona just can’t be topped in terms of family-friendly skiing.

And Wanaka is a much more laid-back town than Queenstown, which makes it a better choice for families.

Best place to experience the alpine resort town vibe: Queenstown (The Remarkables and Coronet Peak)

With easy access to two of New Zealand’s most famous ski fields, Queenstown is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the buzzing winter vibe. Queenstown is packed with bars and restaurants for apres-ski, and the town is well set-up for young skiers, with buses departing from the walkable town centre every 20 minutes for those too young (or broke) to rent a car. And the scenery is second to none!

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Snowboarding at Treble Cone Ski Field

Best place to ski in New Zealand for advanced skiers: Treble Cone

Treble Cone is the largest ski field on the South Island, with uncrowded off-piste terrain that will easily keep you busy for weeks at a time. Since the ski field is not set up for beginners, most families head straight for Cardrona, which means advanced skiers have the field to themselves. Located just outside of Wanaka, Treble Cone truly is a hidden gem.

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Skiing at Mt Hutt Ski Field

Best ski field for avoiding the crowds: Mt Hutt

Tucked away near the alpine resort town of Methven in Canterbury, Mt Hutt is far removed from the buzzing Southern Lakes ski district. This is more of a Christchurch locals’ mountain, so if you avoid visiting during the school holidays (July), you won’t have any crowds to compete with.

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Views over Queenstown from The Remarkables Ski Field

Most scenic ski resort: The Remarkables

Okay, this one is debatable, because if there’s one thing all ski fields in New Zealand have in common, it’s the great views. However, the Remarkables mountain range is one of New Zealand’s most iconic, and the lookout points over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu are staggering.

Least expensive ski resort: Mt Hutt

If you really want to ski on the cheap, you’ll do better to avoid the main ski fields and visit one of the club ski resorts instead. However, these often don’t come with the same range of facilities as the commercial ski fields, so the second-best option is Mt Hutt. Though this ski field is owned by NZSki (the same operator that manages The Remarkables and Coronet Peak) and is priced more or less in line with those two on the major lift passes, there are a few ways to take advantage of great deals. First of all, kids 10 and under ski free of charge! Second, the Intro to Snow package at Mt Hutt is so cheap it almost seems like they’ve made a mistake with their pricing (and it includes lift pass, lessons, and ski rentals). And finally, accommodation in Methven is approximately half the price of (or less) of comparable options in Queenstown.

Planning your New Zealand ski holiday

Below, we have answered several frequently asked questions about New Zealand’s skiing superlatives.

What is the biggest ski field in New Zealand?

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in New Zealand, with 550 hectares of rideable terrain.

Where is the best snow in New Zealand?

Cardrona Alpine Resort has the most reliable snow cover in New Zealand. However, Treble Cone Ski Field receives the largest amount of snowfall over the winter season. In other words, your chances of a powder day are highest at Treble Cone.

What months does it snow in NZ?

Snow falls between April and October. Occasionally, New Zealand receives snow in the middle of the summer months. However, snow only stays on the mountains between mid-June and mid-October. In addition, most of New Zealand does not receive snow–you would need to visit a ski resort to see snow.

Which is better, Queenstown or Wanaka?

New Zealand’s two major ski hubs are very similar in many ways. Both towns are situated beside a lake surrounded by mountains, and each is close to two ski fields. However, there are a few differences. Wanaka is better if you want a quieter, more laid-back experience, especially if you have younger children. Queenstown is better if you want to fit in lots of sightseeing around your skiing, because it is conveniently located for day trips to many nearby regions.

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The Best Time to Ski in New Zealand

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

When is the Best Time to Ski in NZ 2022?

The best time to ski in New Zealand depends on many factors.

The ski season is open from June to October. New Zealand is unusual in that its ski season is more regulated than in most countries. Where ski fields in the US will open when the snow falls and stay open until it’s gone (even into summer, if it works out that way), New Zealand hires an extensive foreign staff for its ski fields, most of whom are only in the area for ski season, so the dates are non-negotiable.

Of course, that means our ski fields make an effort to open for their scheduled dates. With snow-makers on call and ski fields cleverly designed to take advantage of basins that naturally trap snow, our ski fields can typically open more or less on time regardless of the snowfall.

That means every month has a different advantage, so there is no “best” time to ski in New Zealand. Here is the best month for each type of skier.

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Night skiing at Coronet Peak Ski Field

Best time to enjoy the “holiday” spirit: Late June

Though the snow can be a bit less predictable, late June is when Winterfest comes to Queenstown, so it’s a winning time to visit New Zealand’s top ski resort town. Despite the popularity of the annual festival, the crowds are less intense than they will be a week later when July (and the school holidays) rolls around, so you can still find somewhat reasonable accommodation prices.

Winterfest brings musicians, events, mulled wine, holiday lights, and an outdoor skating rink to Queenstown, so if you’ve always longed for the idea of a winter Christmas, this is your chance to experience the festive atmosphere.

Best time for bargain prices and to catch a good deal: June 10th – 20th

The snow is very questionable in early June – only a couple of New Zealand’s ski fields are open by the 10th, while others aim to open around the 17th. However, early June is part of the Queenstown/Wanaka area’s elusive off season, which only exists in May and June. If you’re on a strict budget, you’ll never find lower prices than if you travel in June.

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Family ski at The Remarkables Ski Field Queenstown

Best time for families: July

Yes, the school holidays in early July can mean hectic ski fields, but they also come with some great ski programs for your kids. So if you’re interested in a group ski school (rather than typical lessons) for your kids, join the throngs and head down to Wanaka or Queenstown in July.

Best time for guaranteed snow: August

No matter how patchy the snowfall has been, a good snow cover has almost always built up by August. With snow-makers on board along with a great base layer, you can’t go wrong in August. And we usually get frequent new snowfalls in August as well, so you’ll have plenty of powder to play in.

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Coronet Peak Queenstown

Best time for spring skiing: September

If you enjoy the wet snow conditions of spring, September is the time to visit. You won’t find prices as low as June, but the ski fields are definitely less crowded this time of year. And unless we have been experiencing unusually warm weather, early September is typically just as good as August in terms of snow cover.

Best time for procrastinators: October

Yes, our ski fields are still open into October. No, we aren’t usually thinking about skiing by this time of year. You can easily plan a last-minute trip in October, since there won’t be too much competition for accommodation, but the ski towns will be enjoying their spring flowers rather than embracing the winter vibe. The snow will probably be patchy, and several of the ski fields will inevitably close a few weeks before their scheduled dates. Cardrona is usually the most dependable ski field for October skiers.

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New Zealand Lift Ticket Prices 2023 – (updated)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Here you will find all the information you need regarding New Zealand Lift Ticket Prices for the 2023 ski season. This includes lift pass prices for adults and children, combo ski deals at The Remarkables & Coronet Peak; Cardrona Alpine Resort & Treble Cone and New Zealand North Island ski field’s Turoa & Whakapapa. As well as pricing for all of New Zealand’s best Ski Resorts and Club Fields.

Click here to download PDF poster »

Combo Lift Passes

There are three combo lift passes available in New Zealand – the NZSki Superpass, Cardrona Alpine Resorts Pass and the Mt Ruapehu Flexi Pass.

Pass Name

 Adult
Youth
Free
Resorts where the pass is available
NZSki Superpass$159$99 Under 6Coronet Peak, The Remarkables  & Mt Hutt
Cardrona Alpine Resorts$159$89 Under 6Cardrona Alpine Resort & Treble Cone
Mt Ruapehu Flexi Pass$149$99 Under 5Turoa, Happy Valley & Whakapapa

Ski Lift Ticket Prices 2023

All prices are in NZD. Please note that some resorts have additional age categories. These rates are based on single-day passes; multi-day passes are typically discounted. Please click on each ski field for more details on lift pass prices.

Ski Area

 Adult Day
Child
Student
 Free
Coronet Peak$159$99  – Under 8 / 75+
The Remarkables$159$99  – Under 8 / 75+
Treble Cone$159$89$105 Under 6 / 75+
Cardrona$159$89$105 Under 6 / 75+
Mt Hutt$159$99  – Under 8 / 75+
Mt Dobson$90$45$68 Under 5 / 70+
Porters$99$69$89 Under 10 / 75+
Ohau$110$45$75 Under 6
Roundhill$95$45  – Under 6 / 75+
Rainbow Ski Area$90$45$60 Under 7 / 75+
Mt Lyford$83$40$60 Under 7 / 70+
Snow Farm*$45$25$40  –

* Note: Snow Farm is designed for cross-country skiing only.

Club Fields*

 Adult Day
 Child
 Student
 Free
Broken River$75$35$50 Under 11 / 70+
Craigieburn$95$45$60 Under 13 / 70+
Mt Cheeseman$85$45$65 Under 10 / 75+
Temple Basin$65$40$60 Under 13
Mt Olympus$80$40$50 Under 10
Hanmer Springs$60$30$45 Under 11
Fox Peak$70$20$35 Under 10

* Note: All club field prices displayed are for non-members.

North Island

 Adult Day
 Child
 Student
 Free
Turoa$149$99  – Under 5
Whakapapa$149$99  – Under 5
Tukino$70$35  $50 Under 5
Manganui Ski Area$50$35  $40 Under 5 / 70+

Notes:

Most resorts tend to include pricing for adults, children, students, and seniors; however, the age definitions of these will vary from ski field to ski field.

Club fields offer deeply discounted prices for members, and memberships usually cost about the equivalent of a two-day non-member pass. If you will be skiing at a club field for several days, it may be worthwhile becoming a member.

Additional New Zealand lift ticket prices are available through many ski fields for the following options:

  • Half-day skiing
  • Night skiing
  • Novice/intermediate lifts only
  • Sightseeing lift passes

Club ski fields with nutcracker tow ropes (Craigieburn & Temple Basin) require a special belt for use, which can usually be rented for a few dollars with a lift ticket.

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What to Pack For Travel in 2023: The Ultimate Checklist

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

What to pack for travel in 2019

With each passing year, travel can seem both easier–and harder. This 2023 travel packing list is a handy tool when deciding what to pack.

It’s getting easier because there are now ebooks to replace stacks of bulky novels and travel guides, cheap travel phones and SIM cards so you can use your phone abroad without paying international calling fees, and internet almost everywhere you go in case you need to check up on directions or do a quick translation of some mystery food on the menu.

And it’s getting harder because carry-on restrictions are tightening and airlines are steadily chipping away at baggage allowances until checking a suitcase can cost more than booking your own seat on the plane.

Your packing list needs to adapt with the times. This 2023 travel packing list is perfectly designed to help you remember what you need–and leave behind what you don’t. Travel will be seamless with the right apps, technologies, and clever systems of packing to minimize weight and hassle.

Knowing what to pack will make all the difference when you travel. We’ve created downloadable travel packing checklists for you to print out and have handy when you’re packing your suitcase!

The Ultimate 2023 Packing List for Travel

Clothes (Women)

  • Shirts (a mix of long sleeves/short sleeves/tank tops depending on weather and how conservative the country you’re traveling to is)
  • Light pullover top
  • Heavier jumper/sweatshirt/sweater
  • Windproof coat (can be a raincoat or a heavier coat depending on weather)
  • Raincoat
  • Dresses
  • Leggings/shorts/pants/skirts (cut below the knee for conservative countries)
  • Bras
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Dressy flats/heels/sandals
  • Sun hat or winter hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewelry
  • Belt

Clothes (Men)

  • Shirts (a mix of long sleeves/short sleeves depending on weather)
  • Light pullover top
  • Heavier jumper/sweatshirt/sweater
  • Suit
  • Windproof coat (can be a raincoat or a heavier coat depending on weather)
  • Raincoat
  • Shorts/pants
  • Underwear
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Dress shoes
  • Sun hat or winter hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Tie
  • Belt

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Nail file/nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Brush/comb
  • Hairstyling appliances
  • Lotion/moisturizer
  • Band-aids
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face mask
  • Shaving supplies
  • Makeup/makeup remover
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Regular medications
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Travel medications (malaria pills, motion sickness pills, etc.)
  • Pain relief
  • Small travel scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant

Entertainment, Technology, Apps & Programs

  • Smartphone — either unlocked or with an international plan
  • Book(s) or an e-Reader
  • A VPN (Virtual Private Network) loaded on all technology to protect your details when using unsecured WiFi networks in hotels, cafes, and airports (essential for travel to China)
  • Maps.Me or similar offline navigation app loaded with the correct regions
  • Playing cards or other compact games
  • A pen and small notebook
  • Charging cables for all technology
  • Power plug adaptor and voltage converter (check your devices before traveling)
  • Earbuds/headphones
  • Tracer Apps

Travel Documents & Other Necessities

  • Passport/ID
  • Visa (if required)
  • Printed copy of return/onward flight
  • Printed copy of itinerary
  • Printed or digital copies of booking confirmations
  • Printed travel insurance policy details or travel insurance card
  • Enough cash for visa on arrival, if applicable (USD or local currency)
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Travel guide
  • Secure place to carry travel documents (zippable shoulder bag/purse or concealed waist pouch)
  • Emergency contact
  • Vaccine Passport if required

Miscellaneous

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Umbrella

Optional

  • Camera with enough memory (or a Smartphone with a good camera)
  • Tablet or laptop
  • Collapsible backpack for day hikes
  • Water filter or water purification tablets
  • GoPro
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Lightweight travel towel (especially if staying at hostels/in a campervan/camping)
  • Travel journal
  • Address book

What to pack in your carry-on:

  • Passport/ID
  • Visa
  • Printed copy of return/onward flight
  • Itinerary or details of first accommodation (name, address, phone number)
  • Cash
  • Credit/debit card
  • House/car keys
  • Travel insurance policy details/card
  • Emergency contacts
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Face mask
  • Warm layer
  • Books/e-Reader
  • Cards/other compact games
  • Smartphone
  • Laptop/tablet
  • Charging cords/adaptors/battery packs
  • Earbuds/earphones
  • Camera
  • Lip balm
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (if flying overnight)
  • Medications
  • Jewelry and other valuables
  • Glasses/sunglasses
  • Empty water bottle (to fill after going through security)
  • Neck pillow
  • Sleep mask/earplugs
  • Food/snacks/gum
  • Tissues
  • Notebook and pen

Additional Packing List for Ski Holidays

Packing list for ski holidays

If you are traveling for a ski holiday, add these items to the Ultimate Packing List:

  • Heavy winter coat
  • Skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots (unless renting)
  • Ski goggles and helmet (unless renting)
  • Warm woolen hat
  • Scarf
  • Thick waterproof gloves
  • Snow pants/ski pants
  • Merino or other thermal under-layers
  • Long thick socks for wearing in ski/snowboard boots (or multiple long socks to layer)
  • Snow boots

Additional Packing List for Multi-Day Hiking

Packing list for hiking

If you plan on backpacking, add these items to the Ultimate Packing List:

  • Backpacking pack (easiest to use this as your checked luggage)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lightweight sleeping mat
  • Tent (unless staying in villages or backcountry huts during your multi-day hike)
  • Hiking shoes/boots (unless your sturdy walking shoes are suitable for hiking)
  • Hiking poles
  • Water filter/water purification tablets
  • Freeze-dried meals (most of your hiking food will be purchased once you arrive, but if you are traveling overseas, you might not find good freeze-dried meal or trail bar options)
  • Trail bars
  • Lightweight backpacking stove (IMPORTANT: fuel cannot be carried on flights, so research in advance what type of fuel you will be able purchase once you arrive and choose your stove accordingly)
  • Extra water bottle
  • Small, lightweight travel towel
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Battery pack and solar charger for technology (especially for longer multi-day hikes)
  • Small trowel for digging toilet holes in the woods
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Rain pants
  • Small amount of duct tape for emergency gear repairs
  • Compass/whistle

Additional Packing List for Beach Visits

Packing list for beach holidays

If you are planning to visit a beach during your holiday, add the below to the Ultimate Packing List:

  • Beach towel
  • Extra swimsuit
  • Sarong/other cover-up
  • A large bag you don’t mind getting sandy
  • Snorkel mask or goggles (or rent while there)
  • Flippers (or rent while there)
  • Beach toys (if traveling with children)

Additional Packing List for Travel with Babies

Traveling with young children is a whole different scenario than traveling with older children, and requires parents to decide carefully what belongs in checked baggage versus carry-on.

Add the below carry-on list to the Ultimate Packing List. Note that carry-on liquid restrictions do not apply to infant formula.

  • Diapers
  • Diaper cream
  • Wipes
  • Formula
  • Baby food/snacks
  • Shawl or blanket to cover up while nursing
  • Sleeping suit
  • Light, foldable stroller
  • Extra clothes
  • Pacifier
  • Bibs
  • Child’s medications
  • Small toys
  • Lap belt for a lap-seated child (if the airline does not provide this)
  • Travel cot for a long flight
  • Custody paper and consent documents
  • Child’s passport and/or ID card

Packing Tips for Savvy Travelers

What to pack for travel in 2019

There are several keys to packing for seamless travel. A few of these will help every traveler, while others are leveling-up strategies for frequent travelers who are willing to invest in the best possible travel experience.

Tips for every traveler

Empty your carry-on bag completely before you start packing.

There’s nothing worse than re-purposing a bag you use elsewhere, only to discover when going through the security check that your favorite pocket knife was tucked away in a hidden compartment.

Check in advance whether you’ll be able to do laundry while you travel.

There’s no point filling your suitcase with 20 pairs of socks if you can wash clothes once a week and save the extra luggage space for clothes that actually matter.

Assume your checked baggage will get lost.

99% of the time it won’t, but if you take everything that would be a major hassle to replace in your carry-on baggage, a permanently lost suitcase will be less of a disaster. This definitely includes all valuables, but can also include things like uncommon charging cables; any paperwork about your trip such as an itinerary, printed booking confirmations, or a travel guide; and essential equipment if you are traveling for a sporting event or similar. If you have extra space, you can even take a change of clothes in your carry-on bag.

Layer!

Unless you are traveling to a snowy place in winter, you are better off with many lighter layers than one heavy coat. This saves on space and gives you more versatility to dress for varying temperatures.

Think of mobility when choosing your luggage.

If reaching your accommodation involves climbing stairs or walking down the narrow cobblestone lanes typical of old European cities, consider a suitcase or duffle bag with backpack straps. If that isn’t an option, use a backpack as your carry-on bag, leaving your hands free to carry your suitcase where necessary.

Bring less than you think you need.

Especially if your itinerary has you moving from one place to another every day or two, your clothes may never leave your suitcase. This means clothes that migrate to the bottom are likely to remain there until you return home. The less you bring, the more likely you are to actually use what you have.

Tips for frequent travelers

Invest in multi-use travel gear.

A pair of comfortable city walking shoes with good grip can double as hiking shoes (just don’t choose white shoes!). For women, a sarong or similar wrap can work as a summer dress or skirt, a swimsuit cover-up, a beach towel, and a headscarf. A pair of lightweight black hiking pants can pass as nice slacks when paired with a dressier shirt. A Kindle can hold both your travel guides and your leisure reading material. And the most versatile of all, a Smartphone can be your camera, your GPS, and your translator.

Consider traveling carry-on only.

This can save you a hefty amount on baggage fees, and it streamlines the process at both ends of the flight. Packing for only carry-on takes more planning than usual–see below for additional packing tips if you want to do away with your checked bags.

If you frequently take longer trips, buy quick-dry clothing.

Not every accommodation with a washing machine has a dryer, so you may occasionally need to hang your clothes to dry. And if you get caught in an unexpected rainstorm or decide to go for a swim on a hot day when you left your swimsuit behind, you won’t want to pack away soggy clothes.

Buy refillable travel-sized bottles.

This is especially handy for frequent travelers who pack carry-on only, because often your favorite brands of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, or makeup won’t be available in carry-on-sized containers.

Packing Tips for Carry-On Only

For travelers on a short getaway, or frequent fliers hoping to save on ever-increasing checked baggage fees, packing carry-on luggage only is a smart way to go. However, it requires a bit more planning than usual–and a minimalistic attitude toward luggage. Here’s how to decide what to pack for carry-on only.

Research your airline’s carry-on size restrictions carefully.

If you are flying multiple airlines, purchase a soft duffel bag based on the dimensions of the most restrictive airline. This will allow you to cram in extra luggage and still fit your bag in the measuring basket if the airline checks.

Wear rather than pack large or heavy items.

Wear your heaviest or bulkiest shoes on the flight.
If you need to bring a large or heavy coat, wear it (or carry it over your arm).

Pack the bare minimum.

Bring as many multi-purpose items as possible.
If you’re traveling for more than a couple days, plan to do laundry frequently so you can get by with only a few pairs of socks and underwear.
Check what toiletries your accommodation provides and leave behind any duplicates.

Pack in advance so you can make sure your bag fits the requirements.

If it is too heavy or too bulky, see if you can remove a few items of clothing or purchase certain toiletries once you arrive.

Use the personal item allowance.

If you’re struggling to stay below a carry-on weight limit, put your heaviest items in a collapsible bag or supermarket bag that can count as your “personal item”, especially if you’re struggling to stay below a carry-on weight limit. Airlines almost never weigh the personal item, just the large carry-on suitcase, backpack, or duffel bag.

Plan ahead for on-board luggage storage.

Get in line for boarding as early as possible, so you can be sure of finding space for your luggage in the overhead compartment. Some airlines frequently offer a free gate-check option for carry-on bags; others may force you to pay to check your bag if you can’t find space in the overhead bins and it slightly exceeds carry-on restrictions. (Yes, you can get too-large or too-heavy bags onto planes, but you’ll be caught out with hefty fees eventually.)
Put all valuables and breakables in your “personal item” bag for under-seat storage, and your less important luggage such as clothes in the large carry-on bag stored in the overhead compartment.

Packing Tips for New Zealand Travel

PACKING TIPS FOR NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL

Weather

Weather in New Zealand is very changeable, so bring layers even in the height of summer.

Sun exposure

The sun in New Zealand is more intense than most other places in the world (due to the proximity of the ozone hole), so consider wearing a lightweight long-sleeve shirt for sun protection, as sunscreen may not be sufficient.

Drinking water

Tapwater in New Zealand is clean and safe for drinking, so bring a reusable water bottle for filling up at your accommodation.

Luggage

Many accommodations in New Zealand are built into steep hillsides, and a surprising number do not have elevators, so a suitcase or duffel bag with backpack straps is very useful.

Rainy weather

Several parts of New Zealand receive heavy rain no matter the season, so bring a good raincoat and umbrella. If you plan to hike for several hours in a rainy area, rain pants might also be a good idea.

Phone service is patchy in remote areas of New Zealand, so plan accordingly when navigating. Maps.Me works even with no phone service, while Google Maps may not.

Credit cards

Credit cards can be used almost everywhere in New Zealand, so cash is hardly ever necessary (except in the case of roadside stalls or farmers’ markets).

Power plugs

New Zealand uses 240-watt power and angled 2-prong or 3-prong plugs.

 
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14 Day Queenstown & Wanaka Family Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Enjoy an unforgettable family ski holiday in New Zealand with our 14 day package skiing at the top Queenstown and Wanaka ski fields. Hit the slopes at Cardrona, Treble Cone, The Remarkables, and Coronet Peak. This family ski holiday in New Zealand includes plenty of time to relax and explore on top of ski days.

Family Ski Holiday In New Zealand 14 Night Ski Deal Only NZ$11699 Now NZD$10399 Per Family All Inclusive:

Queenstown Ski Field Childcare 2-5 years: Skiwiland – My First Ski School (Coronet Peak Only) is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from two to five years. Learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and the centre offers a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing.

Queenstown Ski Field Childcare 5-17 years: Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am – 4pm (Coronet Peak & The Remarkables) for children and youths aged 5-17 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Wanaka Ski Field Childcare 3 months – 5 years: The Cardrona Ski Kindy (Cardrona Alpine Resort Only) is a fully-licensed early childhood education facility with highly experienced & qualified teachers. The centre caters for children aged 3months up until their 5th birthday, so whether you want your children to experience snow & learn to ski, or are after somewhere snug & comfy for them to hang while you hit the slopes, Cardrona have the perfect place for your family!

Wanaka Ski Field Childcare 5-17 years: Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am – 4pm (Cardrona & Treble Cone) for children and youths aged 5-17 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of family adventures, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown will be a guaranteed hit with the kids. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 7 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

After you’ve settled in, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 4-Day Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 4-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 4-Day Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

For an extra-special night, your kids will love the gondola ride up to the Skyline Restaurant, where they can have a go at the hilltop luge.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 4-Day Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s a tough choice — The Remarkables or Coronet Peak? Family vote!

After having an awesome day on the hill as a family, head back to Queenstown to relax and unwind.

Day 5 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or family exploration. Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, and it offers extreme exhilaration with activities on offer like skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping.

You can also choose one of the less-extreme activities that takes in the stellar scenery of the area–options include cruises on the historic steamer, the TSS Earnslaw; scenic helicopter flights; and backcountry safaris. You can add any family Queenstown activity to your ski package. Ask us for suggestions or tell us what you’d like to check off your bucket list.

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 4-Day Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs again and head up the mountain for a great day of family fun at The Remarkables Ski Field or Coronet Peak

Day 7 Queenstown

Unwind and relax! Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or family exploration. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a ride on the Shotover Jet, or get a glimpse of the most stunning part of New Zealand on a Dart River Jet Safari (see if you can recognise the valley that starred in Lord of the Rings!).

Day 8 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70km / 1 hour

It’s time to discover Wanaka and all of its beauty!

Today you’ll 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 more family ski adventures.

Stay 7 nights in Wanaka.

Day 9 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Day one of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 10 Wanaka

Day two of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 11 Wanaka

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 12 Wanaka

Day three of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 13 Wanaka

Day four of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Have an amazing experience at Cardrona or Treble Cone today. Have a break from the slopes at one of the cafés  – pull up a picnic table, have a cold drink and a hot meal in the sun!

Enjoy a delicious meal in Wanaka this evening. From exceptional fine dining, small elegant restaurants serving contemporary cuisine, through to casual eateries, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to dining out in Wanaka.

Day 14 Wanaka

Relax, explore, enjoy!

Enjoy your last day of adventures on your family ski holiday in New Zealand — take a drive towards Mt Aspiring National Park, climb the easy Mt. Iron, or visit Lake Hawea. Do a spot of shopping in Wanaka, or sit by the lake and soak up the peace and quiet.

Day 15 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

At your leisure, drive to Queenstown. Drop your rental car off at the airport and depart Queenstown.

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14 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Visit New Zealand’s top ski fields with our Queenstown ski holiday packages. Stay downtown, hit the slopes at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, and save big with convenient mountain coach transport. Our top-rated Queenstown ski holiday packages include the perfect mix of comfort, convenience, and excitement.

14 NIGHT QUEENSTOWN SKI HOLIDAY PACKAGES ONLY NZD$4,399 PER ADULT

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in Queenstown, the heart of adventure in New Zealand. Catch a cab or shuttle from the airport to your central Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll be perfectly situated to experience the best of the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 14 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled into Queenstown, it’s time for the fun to begin!

Day one of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 10-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

When you return from your long day on the slopes, head into Queenstown for a tasty, hot dinner in front of the fire at one of Queenstown’s cosy restaurants or pubs.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day four of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 6 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity  imaginable.  Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose from something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 7 Queenstown

Day five of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for a great day of fun.

Day 8 Queenstown

Day six of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 9 Queenstown

Day seven of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 10 Queenstown

When you’re ready for another break, you have the option to take a day trip to Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by Historic Arrowtown,with its heritage buildings that house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – classy, individual, and all locally-owned.

If you want to venture farther afield, Glenorchy makes for a stunning day-trip. Be sure to stop for a photo along the way!

Day 11 Queenstown

Day eight of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 12 Queenstown

Day nine of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 13 Queenstown

Day ten of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day skiing at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. Soak it all in–and dream of the day you’ll come back!

Day 14 Queenstown

Take a well-earned rest after your ski adventure, and enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer. Keep the energy levels high and go skydiving, jet boating, or bungy jumping, or wind down with a TSS Earnslaw cruise and dining experience, scenic helicopter flight, or Central Otago wine tour.

Celebrate the end of a wonderful ski holiday in the evening.

Day 15 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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14 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Our New Zealand ski packages in Queenstown take you to some of the best ski fields in the country–The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. The 14 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package packs in 10 exciting days on the slopes, with days off to enjoy a bit of sightseeing or tick an activity off your bucket list.

14 Day Queenstown Ski Package Only NZD$4,999 Per Adult, Ski Queenstown

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in Queenstown, the heart of adventure in New Zealand. Collect your rental car at the airport and head to your central Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll be perfectly situated to experience the best of the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade that’s perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 14 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled into Queenstown, it’s time for the fun to begin!

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 10-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

When you return from your long day on the slopes, head into Queenstown for a tasty, hot dinner in front of the fire at one of Queenstown’s cosy restaurants or pubs.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day four of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 6 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity  imaginable. Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

Our New Zealand ski packages in Queenstown are fully customisable, so we can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 7 Queenstown

Day five of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for a great day of fun.

Day 8 Queenstown

Day six of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 9 Queenstown

Day seven of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 10 Queenstown

When you’re ready for another break, you have the option to take a day trip to Arrowtown. You’ll be enchanted by Historic Arrowtown,with its heritage buildings that house shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants – classy, individual, and all locally-owned.

If you want to venture farther afield, Glenorchy makes for a stunning day-trip.  Be sure to stop for a photo along the way!

Day 11 Queenstown

Day eight of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 12 Queenstown

Day nine of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 13 Queenstown

Day ten of your 10-day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day skiing at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. Soak it all in–and dream of the day you’ll come back!

Day 14 Queenstown

Take a well-earned rest after your ski adventure, and enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer. Keep the energy levels high and go skydiving, jet boating, or bungy jumping, or wind down with a TSS Earnslaw cruise and dining experience, scenic helicopter flight, or Central Otago wine tour.

Celebrate the end of a wonderful ski holiday in the evening.

Day 15 Depart Queenstown

Drop off your rental car at the Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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14 Day Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Hutt Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Sample the top ski fields on New Zealand’s South Island with our NZ ski holiday packages. Hit the slopes at The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Treble Cone, and Mt Hutt. Our NZ ski holiday packages include lift passes, car rental, and accommodation.

14 NIGHT NZ SKI HOLIDAY PACKAGES ONLY NZD$4099 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

*Option to take this package in reverse, starting in Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown.

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in Queenstown, the city of adventure!

Collect your rental car from Queenstown Airport, then head into Queenstown to discover the vibrant ski scene.

Stay 5 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Enjoy a day at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 5-day ski pass is valid for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, AND Mt. Hutt, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your choice today. Hit the slopes at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, or enjoy a spectacular, adventure-filled day in Queenstown.

Day 4 Queenstown

Relax and recover today in beautiful Queenstown.  Enjoy a stroll around the boutique shops, or select any Queenstown activity and add it to your ski package — from scenic flights to 4WD safaris and winery tours, the options are endless.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 5-Day NZ Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

Day 6 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 1 hour

Your next stop is Wanaka. When you arrive in the vibrant, laid-back ski town, 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 next ski adventures.

Stay 5 nights in Wanaka.

Day 7 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your Wanaka mountain mojo on.

Day one of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

** Your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.**

Day 8 Wanaka

Indulge in the rest and recovery options Wanaka has to offer. Enjoy a long, lazy lunch beside the lake, a wine tasting at Rippon Vineyard, or a movie at Cinema Paradiso. For those with energy still to burn, race around the maze at Puzzling World, visit to the National Toy and Transport Museum, test your skills at Crossfire, or take a walk along one of the stunning tracks.

Day 9 Wanaka

Day two of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

Enjoy après-ski overlooking the lake in the stunning town of Wanaka after an amazing day up the hill.

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 10 Wanaka

Day three of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 11 Tekapo

Driving time Wanaka to Lake Tekapo 198 km / 2.5 hours

Leave Central Otago and travel through the stunning Lindis Pass towards Lake Tekapo.  You will be spellbound by the backdrop as you head past Lake Pukaki, a turquoise glacial lake ringed by staggering mountains.

While in Lake Tekapo, check out the Mt John Observatory and the iconic Church of Good Shepherd. Soothe your legs with a soak at Tekapo Springs Hot Pools, or take a scenic flight over Mt. Cook and the surrounding glaciers.

Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.

Day 12 Methven

Driving time Lake Tekapo to Methven 173km / 107 miles , 2.5 hours

Drive from Lake Tekapo to Methven, a tranquil yet vibrant ski village. Enjoy a day out in this unspoilt scenic paradise. With many wonderful walks in the region and a number of excellent local restaurants and cafes, this will be a great day to rest and recuperate.

Stay 3 nights in Methven

Day 13 Methven

Day four of your 5-Day NZ Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

It’s time for a day of fun in the snow at Mt Hutt. Just a 35 minute drive from Methven Village, this ski field is renowned for its big snowfall. Great natural snow is captured in its south facing basin; combine that with 75 snow guns, and you are destined for some great sliding!

Day 14 Methven

Day five of your 5-Day NZ Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

Last chance to burn those muscles and make some tracks at Mt Hutt. Enjoy all the ski field has to offer today.

Day 15 Depart Christchurch

Driving time Methven to Christchurch 96km /1.5 hours

Depart Methven and, leaving the Southern Alps behind you, head through the calming Canterbury Plains. When you reach Christchurch, explore the city at your leisure.

Drop off your rental car and depart Christchurch.

Posted in: 14 Day New Zealand Ski Packages, All Ski Packages, New Zealand Ski Packages, Queenstown Ski Packages - Visit NZ’s Most Vibrant Winter Resort, Wanaka Ski Packages

14 Day Wanaka Ski Max Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Relish in 10 exciting days of skiing at Cardrona and Treble Cone with our 14-day New Zealand winter holiday packages. This itinerary suits experienced skiers, with as much time as possible on the snow to conquer the runs and make memories. Our New Zealand winter holiday packages include everything needed for an easy, fun ski experience.

Only NZD$4299 per adult All Inclusive New Zealand winter holiday packages:

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

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 before driving 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 explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 12 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 35 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 10-Day Wanaka ski pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Have an amazing ski experience at either Cardrona or Treble Cone, then share the trials and triumphs at après-ski in Wanaka.

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

Day 5 Wanaka

Day four of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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).

Day 6 Wanaka

Day five of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

Day 7 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 8 Wanaka

Day six of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Fire up those ski legs and hit the slopes. Relish in the life-long memories.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 9 Wanaka

Day seven of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Enjoy another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone, and show off your new skills!

This afternoon you might like to go for a leisurely stroll along beautiful Lake Wanaka, make sure to get a photograph of the world-famous Wanaka Tree. Relax and unwind in your accommodation this evening.

Day 10 Wanaka

Day eight of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Have an amazing experience at Cardrona or Treble Cone today. Have a break from the slopes at one of the cafés  – pull up a picnic table, have a cold drink and a hot meal in the sun!

Enjoy a delicious meal in Wanaka this evening. From exceptional fine dining, small elegant restaurants serving contemporary cuisine, through to casual eateries, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to dining out in Wanaka.

Day 11 Wanaka

Day nine of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Make the most of your day at either Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone! The retail shop at both ski fields is open from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm daily, if you want to buy a souvenir to remember your visit to the mountains.

Day 12 Wanaka

Day ten of your 10-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 13 Queenstown

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 the Shotover Jet, night skiing at Coronet Peak, 4WD Safaris to Middle-Earth, skydiving, or bungy jumping.

To recharge, add lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station or at the top of Skyline Gondola.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 14 Queenstown

Relax, explore, enjoy!

Day 15 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

Posted in: 14 Day New Zealand Ski Packages, All Ski Packages, Wanaka Ski Packages

Five Reasons Why Wanaka NZ Is The Place To Be This Winter

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

There’s no two ways about it: Wanaka, NZ is achingly beautiful during the winter months, when snow-capped mountains reflect off the glistening lake. Many visitors feel like they could stay in Wanaka for a lifetime and still not discover everything this part of New Zealand has to offer. If you’ve got just a short holiday planned this winter, there are still plenty of fun Wanaka attractions to check out.

Here are five reasons why Wanaka is the best place to be in winter:

  • Easy access to two of New Zealand’s best ski fields (plus New Zealand’s only cross-country ski resort)
  • Snow play options for non-skiers to experience the snow
  • A vibrant town center with great cafes, restaurants, and bars
  • Within a short drive of many top New Zealand sights
  • Countless indoor and outdoor activities perfect for winter

Read on to learn more about why Wanaka NZ is the place to be in winter.

Why you should visit Wanaka NZ this winter

1. Easy access to two of New Zealand’s best ski fields (plus New Zealand’s only cross-country ski resort)

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Treble Cone Ski Field in Wanaka

The Wanaka ski resorts are:

  • Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Treble Cone Ski Field
  • Snow Farm (cross-country skiing)

Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best New Zealand ski field for families and beginners. The ski field boasts extensive beginner and intermediate terrain, flexible lesson options, and childcare for all ages. Cardrona Alpine Resort is just a 35-minute drive from Wanaka.

Treble Cone covers the opposite end of the spectrum, with challenging terrain and plenty of off-piste runs. This is the largest ski area in the South Island, located just 30 minutes from Wanaka.

And for those who want a different ski experience, Snow Farm is New Zealand’s only cross-country ski area. Situated on a ridge across the valley from Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Farm covers gentle, rolling terrain.

2. Snow play options for non-skiers to experience the snow

If this is your first time seeing snow, Wanaka is the perfect place to be. Snow doesn’t fall in New Zealand towns very often, so you’ll need to drive up a mountain to find it.

Where is there snow in Wanaka?

You can find snow at any of the three local ski fields: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone, and Snow Farm. Of these three, Snow Farm is the best place for non-skiers to experience the snow.

Snow Farm offers a wide range of activities for non-skiers to enjoy:

  • Tubing
  • Snow play in the “Snow Fun Zone”
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoeing

All ages will have a great time playing around in the snow at Snow Farm.

In addition, Cardrona Alpine Resort offers sightseeing passes for their “chondola,” which has gondola carriages for non-skiers. You can ride the chondola to the top of the mountain to enjoy sweeping views towards Queenstown.

3. Wanaka NZ has a vibrant town center with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and bars

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Views from Trout Bar & Restaurant Wanaka

In winter, sometimes the best thing to do is cozy up by a roaring fire and enjoy a delicious meal or a glass of wine. Though Wanaka is small, the town boasts numerous excellent places to eat and drink.

Read about our favorite restaurants in Wanaka here.

And for families, the town center is much more laid-back and welcoming than Queenstown. Wanaka is exciting and vibrant, but without Queenstown’s over-the-top party scene.

4. Wanaka NZ is within a short drive of many top sights

Situated in the heart of the South Island, Wanaka is perfectly placed for exploring nearby highlights. Some of the top scenic drives in Wanaka include:

  • Mount Aspiring National Park
  • Haast Pass
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier
  • Kawarau Gorge
  • Crown Range Road
  • Arrowtown

In addition, Wanaka is just an hour’s drive from Queenstown–and Queenstown Airport. In other words, you can fly into Queenstown and split your winter stay between Wanaka and Queenstown with very little hassle.

5. Countless indoor and outdoor activities perfect for winter

wanaka tree new zealand travel

On a sunny winter day, the outdoors beckon. Follow the Millennium Walkway along the lakefront to the famous Wanaka Tree, climb Mt Iron for panoramic views over Lake Wanaka, or take a lake cruise to one of the nearby wildlife sanctuary islands.

And if the weather isn’t nice, choose from these fun indoor activities and attractions to do when it rains:

With this list of Wanaka attractions, you’re bound to enjoy this picturesque town and all it has to offer. So grab your parka, wool socks, and warmest gloves for a winter adventure of a lifetime.

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New Zealand Ski Resort Transport 2022 – (updated)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

How to get to the NZ Ski Resorts

Coming to New Zealand for a ski holiday? Are you wanting to use New Zealand ski resort transport instead of hiring a vehicle? This is your one stop for ski shuttle information to Queenstown’s Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, Wanaka’s Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone and Mount Hutt Ski Field, located near Christchurch.

You will find information on airport shuttles between Queenstown Airport and Wanaka, prices, departure times and whether or not hotel pick-up and drop-off is offered.

How do get to NZ Ski Resorts and ski fields? Read below and get the latest information about the different companies operating, 2022 pricing, departure information and whether hotel pick-up and drop-off is available.

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New Zealand Ski Resort Transport: Cardrona Alpine Resort

How to get to Cardrona Alpine Resort from Wanaka or Queenstown

Driving time from Wanaka – 35 minutes

Driving time from Queenstown – 1 hour 15 minutes

Mountain Coach Transport from Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Shuttle Return Transport, NZD$35 per adult, NZD$35 per child

The Wanaka bus service has a couple of pickup points around town – pick up all your gear & passes from Cardrona Corner (20 Helwick Street) the day before so you can get off the bus & go straight to the lifts!

* Cardrona also offers the Pine Trees Shuttle Service, which transports skiers from 1 km up the Cardrona mountain road to the ski field base. If you would prefer not to drive in the snow, this is a great option.

Mountain Coach Transport from Queenstown to Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Shuttle Return Transport, NZD$35 per adult, NZD$35 per child

Cardrona Alpine Resort offer a Cardrona bus service from Queenstown, with heaps of pickup points throughout town to get you up the mountain. You can pick up passes & rental gear from Cardrona Queenstown (37 Camp Street) the night before!

Coach Transport Queenstown Airport to Wanaka

Alpine ConneXions shuttle
  • 4 departures available per day
  • Offers accommodation pick-up and drop-off in Wanaka
  • Price: between NZD$35 and NZD$50 per person, depending on time of day and accommodation vs. city drop-off options

How to get to Treble Cone from Wanaka

Driving time from Wanaka – 25 minutes

Driving time from Queenstown – 1 hour 30 minutes

Mountain Coach Transport from Wanaka to Treble Cone

Treble Cone Shuttle Return Transport, NZD$35 per adult, NZD$35 per child

The Wanaka bus service has a couple of pickup points around town – pick up all your gear & passes from Cardrona Corner (20 Helwick Street) the day before so you can get off the bus & go straight to the lifts!

Returns from Treble Cone at 4.00pm and 4.30pm.

Mountain Coach Transport from Queenstown to Treble Cone

Treble Cone Shuttle Return Transport, NZD$60 per adult, NZD$45 per child

Info Snow offers convenient, great value ski transport from Queenstown to Treble Cone. With pickup locations in Queenstown and Wanaka you won’t be far from a meeting point. Ski buses run every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Info Snow are located at 37 Shotover Street, Queenstown and open from 7am to 9pm. With helpful and knowledgeable staff to help make an awesome day at Treble Cone, easy.

Coach Transport Queenstown Airport to Wanaka

Alpine ConneXions shuttle
  • 4 departures available per day
  • Offers accommodation pick-up and drop-off in Wanaka
  • Price: between NZD$35 and NZD$50 per person, depending on time of day and accommodation vs. city drop-off options

How to get to The Remarkables from Queenstown

Driving time from Queenstown – 40 minutes

Mountain Coach Transport from Queenstown to The Remarkables

Queenstown Snow Centre Express, NZD$27 per adult, NZD$15 per child, 5 years and under free of charge.

The Snow Centre Express is a daily scheduled service that runs from the NZSki Snow Centre in downtown Queenstown to The Remarkables. Departs the Snow Centre every 20 minutes from 8.00am until midday. Return departures as buses fill from 1.30pm

Queenstown Hotel Pick up, NZD$35 per adult, NZD$25 per child, 5 years and under free of charge.

Guarantee your seat and pre book your ride. NZSki will pick you up from all major hotels along their route. Guests, or their hotel concierge, can pre-book seats as late as up to the night prior, using the on-line booking service.


How to get to Coronet Peak from Queenstown

Driving time from Queenstown – 25 minutes

Mountain Coach Transport from Queenstown to Coronet Peak

Queenstown Snow Centre Express, NZD$27 per adult, NZD$15 per child, 5 years and under free of charge.

The Snow Centre Express is a daily scheduled service that runs from the NZSki Snow Centre to Coronet Peak. Departs the Snow Centre in downtown Queenstown every 20 minutes from 8.00am until midday. Return departures as buses fill from 1.30pm

Queenstown Hotel Pick up, NZD$35 per adult, NZD$25 per child, 5 years and under free of charge.

Guarantee your seat and pre book your ride. NZSki will pick you up from all major hotels along their route. Guests, or their hotel concierge, can pre-book seats as late as up to the night prior, using the on-line booking service.


How to get to Mt Hutt from Christchurch and Methven

Driving time from Methven – 40 minutes

Mountain Coach Transport from from Methven to Mt Hutt

My Hutt Ski Bus, NZD$25 per person including hotel pick-up.

* Mt Hutt Ski Bus departs Methven at 7.45 am and 9.45 am

Snowman Shuttles, NZD$25 per person including hotel pick-up.

** Snowman Shuttles departs Methven at 8.30 am and is a door to door service from your accommodation

Coach Transport Options: Christchurch Airport to Methven

Methven Travel
  • 3 departures available per day
  • Offers accommodation pick-up and drop-off in Methven
  • Price: NZD$42 per adult / NZD$30 per child (under 10 free of charge)
Snowman Shuttles
  • Travels straight from Christchurch to Mt Hutt (option to end the day back in Christchurch or in Methven)
  • Price: NZD$55 per adult

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10 Day Ski to Alps Holiday Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Book an unforgettable New Zealand snow holiday with the 10 Day Ski to Alps Holiday Package. This exciting itinerary combines five days of skiing at New Zealand’s top ski fields with a Central Otago wine tour, a scenic drive up the West Coast, and a ride on the world-famous TranzAlpine Train. Our New Zealand snow holiday packages include lift passes, accommodation, transportation, and activities for a budget-friendly, stress-free getaway.

10 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$3299 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 3-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those legs and head up Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Fields.

Day 4 Queenstown

Today, enjoy a half day Central Otago Wine Tour! There’s no better way to spend a day of relaxation!

Immerse yourself among the boutique vineyards and spectacular scenery of Central Otago on a 5 1/2 hour Boutique Wine Tour, sampling wine from two different wine sub-regions.

Includes:

  • Visiting 4 vineyards over 2 wine sub-regions (Gibbston and the Cromwell/Bannockburn basin)
  • Relax amongst good company with a delicious platter lunch
  • Match a complimentary glass of premium wine with your lunch
  • Visit Old Cromwell Town (time and weather permitting)
  • Stunning drive through the Kawarau Gorge whilst learning about the early pioneering history of this rugged region
  • View the historic Kawarau Bridge and the original AJ Hackett Bungy

Day 5 Queenstown to Wanaka

Day three of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 1 hour

When you’ve finished skiing in Queenstown, drive over the stunning Crown Range to Wanaka 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 next New Zealand snow holiday adventures.

Stay 4 nights in Wanaka.

Day 6 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your Wanaka mountain mojo on.

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone, and 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 7 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 8 Wanaka

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 more sophisticated option, try a wine tasting and enjoy the sweeping views from Rippon Winery.

Day 9 Franz Josef

Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 4 hours

With an abundance of short walks and scenic stops on the Haast Pass Highway, your journey to Franz Josef will be filled with exploration. As you head further north towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers, you will wind through lush rainforest and past stunning coastal vistas.

A scenic helicopter flight is available as an add-on, where you will glide above Westland National Park for stunning views of the Southern Alps before landing in the snow.

Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.

Day 10 Greymouth to Christchurch

Driving time Franz Josef to Greymouth 180 km / 2.5 hours

Train travel Greymouth to Christchurch 223 km / 138 miles, 4.5 hours

  • TranzAlpine Train Journey Greymouth to Christchurch

Take the scenic drive north to Greymouth, where you will drop off your rental car and climb aboard the TranzAlpine train for the ‘trip of a lifetime.’  You will cut through the majestic Southern Alps, with thrilling vistas over deep gorges and brilliant rivers, before passing into the gentle farmlands of the Canterbury plains.

Arrive in the Gateway to the South, Christchurch City.

Discover Christchurch City in the evening and celebrate a fantastic New Zealand snow holiday!

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 11 Depart Christchurch

At your leisure, take a taxi or shuttle to Christchurch Airport and depart Christchurch.

Posted in: 10 Day New Zealand Ski Packages, All Ski Packages, New Zealand Ski Packages, Ski & Play Packages

10 Day Ski, Heli Ski, Milford Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

This action packed ski holiday includes iconic sightseeing, heli skiing, and 4 days of skiing at the top New Zealand ski fields. Begin with Coronet Peak and Remarkables ski packages in Queenstown before carving your signature in spectacular backcountry terrain on an unforgettable heli-ski adventure. Continue to Te Anau, where you will enjoy two unmissable New Zealand experiences: Milford Sound and glowworms. Finally, finish with two days skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka.

10 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$3999 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of family adventures, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 5 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well! Remarkables ski packages offer the chance to experience this iconic Queenstown ski field.

NOTE: 

**Your 2-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and your ski days do NOT have to be consecutive. The schedule outlined here is just an example of how you can plan your stay during your Coronet Peak and Remarkables ski packages.**

Day 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those legs and head up Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Field. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski packages offer top scenery and excitement at Queenstown’s best ski fields.

Day 5 Heli Ski Queenstown

  • Heli Ski Queenstown – 4 Run Powder ride

Your once-in-a-lifetime ski adventure starts here!

Experience 2 spectacular runs in untouched backcountry powder, then take a well-earned break to enjoy a sumptuous mountain-top lunch. Your afternoon is spent carving your signature down 2 more untouched powder slopes.

*Option to upgrade to up to 8 runs – only NZD$85 extra per run.

Day 4 Queenstown

Relax in Queenstown for the day and rest your ski legs after three amazing days in the mountains. You can add a third day to your Queenstown ski pass, or spend the day exploring Queenstown.

Any adventure activity in Queenstown can be added to your ski package–suggestions include the Shotover Jet, night skiing at Coronet Peak, 4WD safaris to Middle-Earth, and cruises across lake Wakatipu.

Day 6 Te Anau

Driving time Queenstown to Te Anau 171 km / 2.5 hours

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau

Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland National Park and the closest town to Milford Sound. Located on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the township is an attractive destination in its own right.

  • Te Anua Glowworm Caves Tour

In the afternoon, take the magical Te Anau Glowworm Caves Tour, which begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau. Explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous glow of thousands of glowworms.  The underground galaxy of glowworms is an incredible sight!

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.

Day 7 Te Anau to Milford Sound

Driving time Te Anau to Milford Sound 116 km / 1.5 hours (each way)

Today, you’ll enjoy a stunning 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise!

The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world.

  • 2.5 Hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Get up close and personal with Milford Sound as you cruise the length of the fiord. Learn about the history of the region, and benefit from the knowledge of your specialist nature guide. Experience the spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces, and watch out for dolphins, seals, and–if you’re lucky– the rare Fiordland crested penguins. Milford Nature Cruises have a flexible extended itinerary, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and take in the highlights

Day 8 Wanaka

Driving time Te Anau to Wanaka 227 km / 3.5 hours

Drive through historic Central Otago to reach Wanaka, When you arrive in the vibrant, laid-back ski town, check in to your accommodation and get settled in. You can venture downtown to explore the lake and the local shops, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your family ski adventures.

Stay 3 nights in Wanaka.

Day 9 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your Wanaka mountain mojo on.

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.**

Day 10 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Have an amazing experience at Cardrona or Treble Cone today. Have a break from the slopes at one of the cafés  – pull up a picnic table, have a cold drink and a hot meal in the sun!

Enjoy a delicious meal in Wanaka this evening. From exceptional fine dining, small elegant restaurants serving contemporary cuisine, through to casual eateries, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to dining out in Wanaka.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and drop off your rental car. Depart Queenstown at your leisure.

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10 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

The 10 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package is one of our most popular family ski holidays to NZ. Relish in 6 exciting days of skiing at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak plus time to explore Queenstown and the surrounds. Our family ski holidays to NZ include ski passes, family accommodation, and a premium rental car.

Family 10 Night Ski Deal NZD$9,999 Now Only NZD$9,599 Per Family

Skiwiland – My First Ski School (Coronet Peak Only) is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from two to five years. Learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and the centre offers a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing.

Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am – 4pm (Coronet Peak & The Remarkables) for children and youths aged 5-15 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of family adventures, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown will be a guaranteed hit with the kids. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 10 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Day one of your 6-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 6-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 6-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants. For an extra-special evening, your kids will love the gondola ride up to the Skyline Restaurant, where they can have a go at the hilltop luge.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 6-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s a tough choice: The Remarkables or Coronet Peak?  Family vote!

After having an awesome day on the hill as a family, head back to Queenstown to relax and unwind.

Day 5 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or family exploration. Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand, and it offers extreme exhilaration with activities on offer like skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping.

You can also choose one of the less-extreme activities that take in the stellar scenery of the area–options include cruises on the historic steamer, the TSS Earnslaw; scenic helicopter flights; and backcountry safaris. You can add any Queenstown family activity to your ski package. Ask us for suggestions or tell us what you’d like to check off your bucket list.

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 6-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs again and head up the mountain for a great day of family fun at The Remarkables Ski Field or Coronet Peak.

Day 7 Queenstown

Day five of your 6-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Eat, sleep, ski, repeat! Coronet Peak or The Remarkables.

Day 8 Queenstown

Today you can take a day trip to Wanaka (1 hour drive from Queenstown) for a look around, or get a glimpse of the most stunning part of New Zealand on a Dart River Jet Safari (see if you can recognise the valley that starred in Lord of the Rings!).

Day 9  Queenstown

Day six of your 6-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day of fun and thrills on the slopes; choose between The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. Last chance to enjoy those amazing views and create family snow adventures!

Day 10 Queenstown

Finish on a high!

Add on a family Queenstown activity of your choice; relax in Queenstown or Arrowtown for the day; add an extra day at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak; or even try night skiing at Coronet Peak.

To get the most out of your family ski holidays to NZ, you can add a day trip to Milford Sound, known as the “eighth wonder of the world.” You’ll never forget the sight of dramatic snow-capped peaks rising from the fathomless depths of the fiord.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at the Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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10 Day Queenstown Learn to Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Learn to ski in Queenstown with our 10 day first timer package. Progress quickly with 6 days of skiing including 3 days of lessons, with all rental equipment included. In your Learn to Ski Queenstown package, choose between The Remarkables and Coronet Peak for each day of skiing.

LEARN TO SKI QUEENSTOWN Only NZD$3,499 per adult All Inclusive:

**6 Day Kids’ Intro to Snow packages (5-15 years) includes: all-mountain lift pass, 5 hours of lessons (10am – 4pm) for 3 ski days and ski or snowboard hire. Perfect!**

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Catch a cab or shuttle from Queenstown airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 10 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

The Intro to Snow package is designed for someone who has never tried skiing or snowboarding before.

Day one of your 6-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Learner Area Lift Pass
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport Queenstown Central to The Remarkables or Coronet Peak

NOTE: 

*Your 6-day ski package is valid at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.  The six days do NOT have to be used consecutively, but you must return ski or snowboard hire on days when you are not skiing. The schedule outlined here is just an example of how you can plan your stay.*

**6 Day Kids’ Intro to Snow packages (5-15 years) includes: all-mountain lift pass, 5 hours of lessons (10am – 4pm) for 3 ski days and ski or snowboard hire. Perfect!**

***Skiwiland – My First Ski School (Coronet Peak Only) is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from 2-5 years. Learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and the centre offers a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing. Please enquire for more information – this will need to be booked directly through NZSki.***

Day 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 6-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Now that you’re starting to get the hang of it, explore the mountain on your time off and develop your skills.

Day 4 Queenstown

Rejuvenate and refresh!

Spend the day exploring Queenstown. Any Queenstown activity can be added to your ski package — suggestions include skydiving, bungy jumping, or the Shotover Jet.

To rejuvenate, add a Central Otago Wine Tour, lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station, or dinner at the top of the Skyline Gondola.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 6-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Test your new skills — collect your rental gear from the on-mountain rental shop and practice until your lessons begin.

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 6-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport Queenstown Central to The Remarkables or Coronet Peak

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 7 Queenstown

Rejuvenate and refresh!

Spend today taking a look around Queenstown. Any Queenstown activity can be added to your ski package. Suggestions include Skydiving, Bungy Jumping, Shotover Jet, or more skiing at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

To rejuvenate, add a Central Otago Wine Tour, Lunch or Dinner at Walter Peak Station or Dinner at the top of Skyline Gondola.

Day 8 Queenstown

Day five of your 6-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Freedom! You are now equipped with a range of skiing or snowboard skills. Today is yours to explore the mountain and test your skills on the large variety of terrain available.

Day 9 Queenstown

Day six of your 6-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day skiing at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. Soak it all in–and dream of the day you’ll come back!

Day 10 Queenstown

Finish on a high!

Add on a Queenstown activity of your choice. Relax in Queenstown or Arrowtown for the day, add an extra day at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, or even try night skiing at Coronet Peak.

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.”

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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10 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

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.

10 Night Learn To Ski NZ Package, Only NZD$3299 Per Adult

*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**

Day 1 Wanaka

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.

Day 2 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:

  • Learner Conveyor Lift Pass at Cardrona
  • 2 Lessons: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm and 1 pm – 3.30 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

* 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona
  • 1 Lesson: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm or 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Test your new skills — collect your rental gear from the on-mountain rental shop and practice until your lesson starts.

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona
  • 1 Lesson: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm or 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Now that you’re starting to get the hang of it, explore the mountain on your afternoon off and develop your skills.

Day 5 Wanaka

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 6 Wanaka

Day four of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

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 7 Wanaka

Day five of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Explore the mountain with your friends and family. Show off your turns and new skills.

Day 8 Wanaka

Day six of your 6-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

It’s your last day skiing or snowboarding; soak up the atmosphere and enjoy.

Day 9 Queenstown

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.

To rejuvenate, add a Central Otago Wine Tour, lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station, or dinner at the top of the Skyline Gondola.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 10 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.”

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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10 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski the top Queenstown resorts with the 10 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package including a Remarkables & Coronet Peak ski pass. Spend 7 days on the slopes with two days free for relaxation or sightseeing. This ski package includes lift passes, accommodation, and rental car for convenient, stress-free travel.

Only NZD$3,499 per adult All Inclusive:

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in New Zealand’s favourite destination, Queenstown! Not only is Queenstown skiing some of the best in the country, you’ll be staying in a town renowned for its spectacular scenery, adrenaline-filled adventures, and vibrant downtown.

Collect your rental car from the Queenstown airport and make your way to your central Queenstown accommodation. Head off to discover the town.

Stay 10 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 7-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

When you return from your long day on the slopes, head into Queenstown for a tasty, hot dinner in front of the fire at one of Queenstown’s cosy restaurants or pubs.

Day 5 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity  imaginable.  Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose from something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for a great day of fun.

Day 7 Queenstown

Day five of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 8 Queenstown

Day six of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Ski The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

Day 9 Queenstown

Day seven of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day skiing at The Remarkables  or Coronet Peak. Soak it all in–and dream of the day you’ll come back!

Day 10 Queenstown

Take a well-earned rest after your ski adventure, and enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer. Keep the energy levels high and go skydiving, jet boating, or bungy jumping, or wind down with a TSS Earnslaw cruise and dining experience, scenic helicopter flight, or Central Otago wine tour.

Celebrate the end of a wonderful ski holiday in the evening.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at the Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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10 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Hit the slopes at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak with our Queenstown skiing packages. Enjoy great views, a lively ski resort vibe, and time to explore off-slope. Our Queenstown ski packages include lift passes, accommodation, and mountain coach transport.

10 Night Queenstown Ski Package Only NZD$3,099 per adult

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in Queenstown, the heart of adventure in New Zealand. Head to your central Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll be perfectly situated to experience the best of the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade that’s perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 10 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled into Queenstown, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Day one of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 7-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

When you return from your long day on the slopes, head into Queenstown for a tasty, hot dinner in front of the fire at one of Queenstown’s cosy restaurants or pubs.

Day 5 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity  imaginable.  Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for a great day of fun and adventures.

Day 7 Queenstown

Day five of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 8 Queenstown

Day six of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Day 9 Queenstown

Day seven of your 7-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day skiing at The Remarkables  or Coronet Peak–take in the views and atmosphere while you capture some fantastic memories.

Day 10 Queenstown

Take a well-earned rest after your ski adventure, and enjoy all that Queenstown has to offer. Keep the energy levels high and go skydiving, jet boating, or bungy jumping, or wind down with a TSS Earnslaw cruise and dining experience, scenic helicopter flight, or Central Otago wine tour.

Celebrate the end of a wonderful Queenstown skiing holiday in the evening.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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10 Day Queenstown and Wanaka Ski and Play Holiday Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Enjoy an exciting day of heli skiing in Queenstown or heli boarding in Queenstown with this action-packed Ski & Play package. Visit the top Queenstown and Wanaka ski fields–Cardrona, Treble Cone, The Remarkables, and Coronet Peak–and spend a day carving tracks in epic backcountry terrain. This package also includes the Shotover Jet, an iconic Queenstown activity.

10 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$3999 PER ADULT ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 6 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 3-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 3-Day Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those legs and head up to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Field.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 3-Day Coronet Peak and The Remarkables Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Conquer Queenstown today as you tick off your last day on the Queenstown fields, prepping for the big one: your heli ski!

Day 5 Queenstown

  •  Shotover Jet –  The world’s most exciting jet boat ride!

It’s play day in Queenstown today. Pump some adrenaline through your veins as you experience an exhilarating jet boat ride with Shotover Jet!  Skim past rocky outcrops and have your breath taken away as you race through narrow canyons – hold on tight for the signature Shotover Jet full 360º spins!

Relax in Queenstown for the afternoon, building up maximum energy for your heli skiing in Queenstown.

Day 6 Heli Ski Queenstown

  • Heli Skiing Queenstown – 4 Run Powder Ride

Your once-in-a-lifetime ski adventure starts here!

Experience 2 spectacular runs in untouched backcountry powder, then take a well-earned break to enjoy a sumptuous mountain-top lunch. Your afternoon is spent carving your signature down 2 more untouched powder slopes.

*Option to upgrade to up to 8 runs – only NZD$89 extra per run.

Day 7 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 1 hour

With your heli ski adventure fresh in your mind, it’s time to head to Wanaka. The drive over the Crown Range presents you with eye-popping views as you head to your next adventure destination, Wanaka.

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 ski adventures.

Stay 4 nights in Wanaka.

Day 8 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your Wanaka mountain mojo on.

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-day Wanaka ski pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone, and 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 9 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 10 Wanaka

Rest and recover in Wanaka. 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 more sophisticated option, you can visit Rippon Winery and soak in the fantastic views while tasting the best of Central Otago wines.

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and drop off your rental car. Depart Queenstown at your leisure.

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10 Day Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Hutt Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski the top New Zealand ski fields with our 10 Day Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Hutt Ski Package. The Coronet Peak and Remarkables ski pass is also valid at Mt Hutt Ski Field, for ultimate flexibility. Enjoy 6 action-packed days of skiing plus scenic drives through some of the South Island’s most dramatic scenery.

10 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$3299 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

*Option to take this ski package in reverse, starting in Queenstown and finishing in Christchurch. 

Day 1 Christchurch to Methven

Arrive in Christchurch, collect your rental car and head inland to the ski hub of Methven.

Driving time Christchurch to Methven 96km / 1.5 hours

Stay 3 nights in Methven.

*Option to stay in Christchurch tonight, to take a look around the Garden City.

Day 2 Methven

Day one of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

It’s time for a day of fun in the snow at Mt Hutt. Just a 35 minute drive from Methven Village, this ski field is renowned for its big snowfall. Great natural snow is captured in its south facing basin; combine that with 75 snow guns, and you are destined for some great sliding!

NOTE:

**Your 4-day Coronet Peak and Remarkables ski pass is valid for Mt. Hutt, Coronet Peak, and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Methven

Day two of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

Fire up those ski legs — it’s time to show off those new skills or sip your coffee while admiring the views from the top of Mt Hutt.

Day 4 Wanaka

Driving time Methven to Wanaka 357 km /4.5 hours

Depart Methven as you travel inland through the Mackenzie Basin toward Lake Tekapo, with its breathtaking turquoise lake and backdrop of staggering peaks.  The Lindis Pass links the Mackenzie Basin to Central Otago. You will be spellbound as you head past Lake Pukaki and over Lindis Pass before arriving in Wanaka.

Here you will find majestic views, a friendly vibe, and two of New Zealand’s top ski fields: Treble Cone and Cardrona!

Indulge in the rest and recovery options Wanaka offers. Sample a coffee and cake overlooking the lake, visit Puzzling World or the National Toy and Transport Museum, or take a walk along any of the stunning tracks.

Stay 3 nights in Wanaka.

Day 5 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to explore new slopes!

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.**

Day 6 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 7 Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 1 hour

Drive over the Crown Range, where you’ll get a panoramic first view over Queenstown.

Explore Queenstown, or make the most of your time and experience one of Queenstown’s top activities. You can ask for recommendations, or cross something off your bucket list.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown

Day 8 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day three of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

It’s your choice! Enjoy a day at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak with your lift pass included!

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Remember, the remainder of your 4-day ski pass is valid at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 9 Queenstown

Day four of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience the nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 10 Queenstown

Relax and recover today in beautiful Queenstown.  Enjoy a stroll around the boutique shops, or select any Queenstown activity and add it to your ski package, from scenic flights, bungy jumping, and skydiving to 4WD safaris and winery tours — the options are endless.

If you still have a few ski turns to make, you have the option to add an extra day to your NZ Ski Pass.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

Drop off your rental car and depart Queenstown at your leisure.

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10 Day Wanaka Ski Max Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski the top Wanaka ski fields with the 10 Day Wanaka Ski Max Package. This package includes 7 days of skiing at Cardrona and Treble Cone plus accommodation and rental car. Book now for great snow deals.

10 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$3099 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

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 Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest state highway. The drive presents you with picture-perfect views as you drive to your laid-back yet buzzing ski destination, Wanaka.

Check in to your Wanaka accommodation and get settled in. You can venture downtown to check out the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 9 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 35 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 7-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 7-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at Cardrona and Treble Cone, and 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 7-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Wanaka ski fields offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 7-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the Wanaka ski fields today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 5 Wanaka

Day four of your 7-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Have an amazing experience at Cardrona or Treble Cone today. Have a break from the slopes at one of the cafés  – pull up a picnic table, have a cold drink and a hot meal in the sun!

Enjoy a delicious meal in Wanaka this evening. From exceptional fine dining, small elegant restaurants serving contemporary cuisine, through to casual eateries, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to dining out in Wanaka.

Day 6 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 the stunning walking tracks. For a more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 7 Wanaka

Day five of your 7-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Enjoy another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone, and show off your new skills!

This afternoon you might like to go for a leisurely stroll along beautiful Lake Wanaka, make sure to get a photograph of the world-famous Wanaka Tree. Relax and unwind in your accommodation this evening.

Day 8 Wanaka

Day six of your 7-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Make the most of your day at either Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone! The retail shop at both ski fields is open from 9.00 am until 4.00 pm daily, if you want to buy a souvenir to remember your visit to the mountains.

Day 9 Wanaka

Day seven of your 7-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 10 Queenstown

Recover and rejuvenate!

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

Spend today taking a look around Queenstown. Any Queenstown activity 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, skydiving, or bungy jumping.

To recharge, add lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station or at the top of Skyline Gondola.

Stay 1 night in Queenstown.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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10 Day Wanaka Ski Relax Holiday Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski & Relax New Zealand snow packages balance skiing with sightseeing. These are perfect if it’s your first time to New Zealand and you want to fit in a bit of touring around, if your group includes novice skiers or non-skiers, or if you simply want a bit of time to unwind after a long day on the slopes.

Our New Zealand snow packages include lift passes, accommodation, and a rental car. Ski Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone and spend your free time exploring Wanaka and Queenstown. Discover adventure, breathtaking scenery, and an exciting winter vibe. Book our New Zealand snow packages now for great deals.

10 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$2899 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70km / 1 hour

Collect your rental car from Queenstown Airport before driving 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 explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 7 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 5 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 6 Wanaka

Day four of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Enjoy another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone, and show off your new skills!

This afternoon you might like to go for a leisurely stroll along beautiful Lake Wanaka, make sure to get a photograph of the world-famous Wanaka Tree. Relax and unwind in your accommodation this evening.

Day 7 Wanaka

Day five of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 8 Queenstown

Recover and rejuvenate!

Have a late brunch in Wanaka, taking in the breathtaking views for the last time.

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown, check in to your hotel, and laze around Queenstown for the day.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 9 Queenstown

Spend today taking a look around Queenstown. Any Queenstown activity 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, skydiving, or bungy jumping.

To recharge, add lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station or at the top of Skyline Gondola.

Day 10 Queenstown

Check another item off your bucket list, or take a drive to Arrowtown for lunch. You’ll be enchanted by Historic Arrowtown, a New Zealand treasure, located 20 minutes from Queenstown. Stroll through the boutique shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants.

If you want to see more of New Zealand, add on a day trip to the world-famous Milford Sound, with a scenic cruise through the dramatic fiord.

Day 11 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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Top 4 Queenstown Ski Resorts

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

The top 4 Queenstown ski resorts are:

These four Queenstown ski resorts are all within convenient driving distance of downtown Queenstown. In addition, all are equipped with world-class facilities and programs, such as lessons and childcare.

Read on for an overview of each ski field as well as its pros and cons.

An Overview of the Top 4 Queenstown Ski Resorts

the view from The Remarkables Ski Field one of the best Queenstown ski resorts
The Remarkables Queenstown Ski Field

The Remarkables Ski Field

Perched high above Queenstown in the iconic Remarkables range, The Remarkables Ski Field is a true alpine experience. This is the first ski field most travelers think of when visiting New Zealand.

Pros:

  • Just a 45-minute drive from downtown Queenstown
  • Lift passes and packages (for instance, Learn to Ski and rental equipment) can be used at either The Remarkables or Coronet Peak
  • Great views over Queenstown
  • Extensive terrain at many levels
  • Can be accessed from downtown Queenstown with convenient mountain coach transport

Cons:

  • No childcare or lesson programs available for under-4s
  • A longer drive than Coronet Peak
The family-friendly McDougall's Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort one of the top Queenstown ski resorts
The family-friendly McDougall’s Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Perfect for families and beginning skiers, Cardrona Alpine Resort covers extensive rolling terrain at the top of a ridge. Furthermore, Cardrona Alpine Resort offers the most flexible lesson options of any Queenstown ski resort. The ski resort even boasts a “chondola,” a chair lift interspersed with gondola carriages perfect for young children.

Pros:

  • Excellent lesson offerings for children and adults, from learn-to-ski to freestyle training on parks and pipes
  • Childcare available for all ages
  • Extensive beginner and intermediate terrain
  • Most reliable snow in New Zealand thanks to excellent snow-making capabilities
  • Flexible lift passes are valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone

Cons:

  • Not as close to Queenstown–the drive takes 1 hour 15 minutes. However, skiers also have the option to stay in Wanaka.
  • Some advanced skiers find the runs are not challenging enough for more than a day’s worth of skiing
coronet peak ski field queenstown, one of the top queenstown ski resorts
Coronet Peak Queenstown Ski Field

Coronet Peak Ski Field

Only 25 minutes from downtown Queenstown, Coronet Peak Ski Field boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain. In addition, Coronet Peak hosts night skiing on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights for a unforgettable ski party experience.

Pros:

  • Just a 25-minute drive from downtown Queenstown
  • Lift passes and packages (such as Learn to Ski and rental equipment) are valid at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables
  • Easily accessed from downtown Queenstown with frequent mountain coach transport
  • Extensive childcare and lesson offerings for children of all ages
  • A good variety of terrain at all levels

Cons:

  • Lower elevation than The Remarkables, which means snow cover is less reliable
Ski lift Treble Cone ski field Wanaka New Zealand ski resorts
Treble Cone Ski Field Wanaka

Treble Cone Ski Field

The largest ski field on New Zealand’s South Island, Treble Cone is a haven for advanced skiers, with legendary off-piste terrain and some of the country’s longest groomed trails. Moreover, the views from Treble Cone are breathtaking, with an expansive view over Lake Wanaka.

Pros:

  • Fantastic advanced terrain, including some of New Zealand’s most challenging off-piste runs within a patrolled ski area
  • Epic views
  • 700 meters of vertical
  • Less crowded than most Queenstown ski fields

Cons:

  • Very little beginner terrain
  • 1.5 hours from Queenstown–skiers should consider staying in Wanaka
  • Limited lesson offerings for children
  • No childcare
skiing in new zealand remarkables queenstown ski fields nz ski
Skiing The Remarkables Queenstown

Planning your visit to one of the top Queenstown ski resorts

Queenstown is a great base for skiers of all ages and levels. The four Queenstown ski resorts offer convenience and flexibility, with open-dated passes valid at two ski fields. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak share one pass, and Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone share one pass.

On-mountain accommodation is rare in New Zealand. In other words, most skiers stay in Queenstown (or its nearby sister city, Wanaka) and drive to the ski fields each day. Cardrona Alpine Resort offers limited on-mountain accommodation. Mountain coach transport is available to make this easy and affordable.

Start planning your Queenstown ski holiday by browsing our range of Queenstown ski packages.

You have many options for your ski package. You can:

  • Rent a car or use mountain coach transport
  • Rent ski gear or bring your own
  • Stay downtown or in a quieter lakeside property
  • Rent ski clothing, such as a jacket, pants, helmet, goggles, and gloves
  • Stay in Queenstown for your full ski holiday or split your time between Queenstown and Wanaka
  • Add lessons
  • Book childcare or Kids’ Club packages to keep your children occupied all day

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Design Your Own New Zealand Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

If you want to design your own New Zealand ski package, the sky’s the limit! From high-mountain runs to helicopter flights, you’ll be on top of the world. With special ski deals for families, groups, and honeymooning couples, we’ve got you covered.

wanaka skiing in new zealand treble cone ski field
Treble Cone Ski Field

Tell us what you want in your New Zealand ski package:

  • How many nights do you want to spend in New Zealand?
  • Which New Zealand ski fields do you want to ski at?
  • What transport do you prefer: rental car or coach?
  • What type of accommodation do you want?  3.5 Star, 4 Star, 4.5 Star, 5 Star, or Luxury Lodge?
  • Do you need a ski or snowboard rental?
  • Would you like ski or snowboard lessons?
  • What extra activities do you absolutely want to do while you’re in New Zealand?  (We’ll help you with everything!)
  • How many adults, children, and infants in your group?

Fill your requirements into the enquiry box on the right, and we’ll craft your dream New Zealand ski package. We’ll keep in touch to make any adjustments you need. Jump on the plane and carve your signature in the New Zealand snow!

We can’t wait to hear from you! Send your request in now, and we’ll make it happen!

queenstown helicopter tour
Queenstown helicopter tour

Notes:

If you have anything in mind that you can’t see on our website–such as a special tour or accommodation or destination–just ask, and we’ll find a way to make it work with your New Zealand ski package.

We have connections with tourism operators throughout New Zealand, so we know all the best places to visit and the local secrets in each area!

If you want to add a few days skiing to a full New Zealand holiday, we can help with that as well! Just let us know how long you want to spend in New Zealand and how many days you will be skiing, and we can design a custom itinerary for the full country.

New Zealand Ski Package Frequently Asked Questions

remarkables queenstown ski fields nz ski family new zealand ski lessons

How much does it cost to go skiing in New Zealand?

That depends on where you ski and how long you stay. You can book a short budget ski holiday for less than NZD$1000 per adult, or splurge on 5-star accommodation and a longer stay in New Zealand. Lift passes are cheaper for children, and ages 10 and under ski free of charge at Mt Hutt.

Where is the best snow in NZ?

Cardrona Alpine Resort has the most consistent snow of any New Zealand ski field. Its annual snowfall is low (just over 2 meters), but the sheltered slopes and excellent snowmaking capabilities mean Cardrona enjoys a longer season than any other New Zealand ski resort.

Treble Cone receives the most snowfall of any New Zealand ski field. If you’re looking for a powder day, this is your best chance. However, the snow is less reliable, so you might see the slopes closed sporadically through the winter.

Can you stay on the mountain in Queenstown?

Cardrona Alpine Resort, just over an hour’s drive from Queenstown, is the only major ski resort where you can stay on the snow in New Zealand. However, the on-mountain accommodation is very isolated, with no town nearby, so most skiers choose to stay in either Wanaka or Queenstown and drive up each day.

Which is the best ski field in Queenstown?

The top 4 Queenstown ski resorts are:

  • The Remarkables Ski Field
  • Coronet Peak Ski Field
  • Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Treble Cone Ski Field

All are different, so the best ski field depends on what you are looking for. Are you beginners or advanced skiers? Do you need childcare for young children? How far are you willing to drive?

You can read our post about the top 4 Queenstown ski resorts to decide which is right for you.

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07 Day Wanaka & Queenstown Ski Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Enjoy 4 days of skiing with a Queenstown NZ Ski pass and a Wanaka Flexi Pass covering Wanaka and Queenstown. With ski passes, mountain coach transfers, accommodation, and transfers between Queenstown and Wanaka, this ski package includes everything you need for a fun-filled, stress-free snow holiday.

7 Day Wanaka & Queenstown Ski Coach Package | 4 Day NZ Ski Pass

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

Travel time Queenstown Airport to Wanaka 70km / 1 hour 15 minutes

Arrive in Queenstown, the entry point to the Southern Lakes ski region.

Catch your airport transfer from Queenstown Airport delivering you to your Wanaka accommodation. Mountains frame the road, snow dusting their slopes, and there are photo opportunities 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 explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 3 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Travel time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 50 minutes
Travel time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
    • **accommodation collection subject to availability, book now to secure your spot**

Cardrona is a relaxed and friendly ski area that has been entertaining skiers and snowboarders for 40 years. Explore it all – wide open beginner trails, pristine groomers, fun free-ride terrain, and world class parks and pipes.

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

NOTE: 

**Your 2 Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Queenstown

Travel time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour 30 minutes

Catch your transfer from Wanaka to Queenstown today. When you arrive at your Queenstown accommodation, get settled in and head out to discover the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade that’s perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day one of your 2-Day NZ Ski Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 2-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 6 Queenstown

Day two of your 2-Day NZ Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 7 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity imaginable. Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flightswine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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07 Day Queenstown & Wanaka Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski the top NZ resorts with our 7 Day Queenstown & Wanaka Ski Package. This unforgettable ski package includes four days on the slopes, so you have a chance to sample the best ski fields in the Queenstown Lakes ski region. Ski NZ resorts including The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona and Treble Cone. With lift passes, accommodation and 4WD rental car included, this ski package is perfect for stress-free travel.

Read on for full details on this 7-day ski NZ package.

Ski the top NZ Resorts | 7 Day Queenstown & Wanaka Ski Package

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 2-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Relax and recover today in beautiful Queenstown.  Enjoy a stroll around the boutique shops, or select any Queenstown activity and add it to your ski package — from scenic flights to 4WD safaris and winery tours, the options are endless.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day two of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those legs and head up Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Fields.

Day 5 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

Enjoy the drive to Wanaka, taking the stunning Crown Range Road along the way. 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 ski adventures.

Stay 3 nights in Wanaka.

Day 6 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 35 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your Wanaka mountain mojo on.

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-Day Wanaka ski pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.**

Day 7 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

As your last day on the slopes comes to an end, you may wish to head to the historic Cardrona Hotel and soak up the electric atmosphere with après-ski beside the roaring fire.

Or you might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and drop off your rental car. Depart Queenstown at your leisure.

 

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07 Day Wanaka Family Ski Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski Cardrona and Treble Cone with this fantastic Wanaka family ski package. Enjoy the ski town vibe of Wanaka plus five fun-filled days of skiing at the region’s top ski fields.

Family 7 Night Ski Deal Only NZ$6999 Now NZD$5999 Per Family All Inclusive:

Option to add Ski Kindy or Kids/Youth Ski Programmes:

The Cardrona Ski Kindy is a fully-licensed early childhood education facility with highly experienced & qualified teachers open 8.30am until 4pm. The centre caters for children aged 3months up until their 5th birthday, so whether you want your children to experience snow & learn to ski, or are after somewhere snug & comfy for them to hang while you hit the slopes, we have the perfect place for your family! Ask for childcare under questions.

Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am – 4pm (Cardrona & Treble Cone) for children and youths aged 5-17 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and one or two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

Travel time Queenstown Airport to Wanaka 70km / 1 hour 15 minutes

Arrive in Queenstown, the entry point to the Southern Lakes ski region.

Catch your airport transfer from Queenstown Airport delivering you to your Wanaka accommodation. Mountains frame the road, snow dusting their slopes, and there are photo opportunities 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 explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your family ski holiday adventures.

Stay 7 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 50 minutes
Travel time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your family ski holiday started!

Day one of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

Cardrona is a relaxed and friendly ski area that has been entertaining skiers and snowboarders for 40 years. Explore it all – wide open beginner trails, pristine groomers, fun free-ride terrain, and world class parks and pipes.

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

For beginner skiers and snowboarders, Treble Cone’s learner area is located alongside the comforts of the Base lodge and café with the convenience of a fully kitted ski and snowboard rental shop.

NOTE: 

**Your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both ski fields offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 5 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 the stunning tracks. For a more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 6 Wanaka

Day four of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Have an amazing experience today. Take a break from the slopes at one of the cafés  – pull up a picnic table, have a cold drink and a hot meal in the sun!

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).

Day 7 Wanaka

Day five of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Afterwards, celebrate your amazing New Zealand family ski holiday with après-ski in Wanaka.

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Travel time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

Catch your airport transfer from your Wanaka accommodation to Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown at your leisure.

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07 Day Queenstown Ski and Play Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Enjoy four exciting days on the slopes plus accommodation and mountain coach transport with our Queenstown snow packages. In addition, sample the best of Queenstown’s adrenaline scene with a helicopter flight and a ride on the Shotover Jet. Our Queenstown snow packages offer convenience and great value for money.

7 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$2,799 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Catch a shuttle or cab from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 7 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Day one of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 4-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those legs and head up Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Fields.

Day 4 Queenstown

  • Queenstown Essential Helicopter Flight

Today you’ll experience some of the area’s most spectacular sights! Lift off across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak and enjoy a landing with incredible views of Queenstown and the lake; your helicopter will shut down here so you can enjoy the mountain scenery in peaceful silence. Continue your flight over Ben Lomond into Moonlight Creek and the famous Skippers Canyon. This area is steeped in the rich history of mining; see the renowned Shotover River winding through steep canyon walls beneath you as your pilot points out some of the sites and settlements remaining from the gold rush. Returning to the base, flying past Coronet Peak to catch views of the skifield and the Wakatipu basin.

Let your muscles rejuvenate with an afternoon of relaxation or exploration. Make a short trip to Arrowtown, or take a cruise (high country dining included) on the historic steamer, the TSS Earnslaw.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Time to hit the slopes, cut some turns, flick some powder and enjoy the stunning views.

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s a tough choice: The Remarkables or Coronet Peak? What will it be for your last day of skiing?

After an awesome day on the hill, head back to Queenstown to relax and unwind.

Day 7 Queenstown

  • Shotover Jet –  The world’s most exciting jet boat ride!

It’s play day in Queenstown today. Pump some adrenaline through your veins as you experience an exhilarating jet boat ride with Shotover Jet!  Skim past rocky outcrops and have your breath taken away as you race through narrow canyons – hold on tight for the signature Shotover Jet full 360º spins!

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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07 Day Wanaka Family Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Stay in Wanaka and ski New Zealand’s best family ski field with our 7 Day Wanaka Family Ski Packages in New Zealand. Wanaka is an ideal family destination, offering great views and a laid-back town centre filled with activities for all ages. With lift passes at Cardrona and Treble Cone, family-style accommodation, and rental car included, our family ski packages in New Zealand are perfect for stress-free travel.

Family 7 Night Ski Package Now NZD$6399 Per Family All Inclusive::

Option to add Ski Kindy or Kids/Youth Ski Programmes:

The Cardrona Ski Kindy is a fully-licensed early childhood education facility with highly experienced & qualified teachers open 8.30am until 4pm. The centre caters for children aged 3months up until their 5th birthday, so whether you want your children to experience snow & learn to ski, or are after somewhere snug & comfy for them to hang while you hit the slopes, we have the perfect place for your family! Ask for childcare under questions.

Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am – 4pm (Cardrona & Treble Cone) for children and youths aged 5-17 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and one or two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Day 1 Wanaka

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 5 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your family ski holiday started!

Day one of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

Cardrona is a relaxed and family-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.

NOTE: 

**Your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Have an amazing family ski experience at Cardrona or Treble Cone, then share the trials and triumphs at après-ski in Wanaka.

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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).

Day 5 Wanaka

Day four of your 4-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Fire up those ski legs for your last day on the slopes. Relish in the lifetime family memories.

Day 6 Queenstown

Recover and rejuvenate!

Check out what Wanaka township has to offer. 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.

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

After you have explored Wanaka, drive to Queenstown for two nights of relaxation and exploration.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 7 Queenstown

Spend the day 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 the Skyline Gondola (your kids will have a great time on the hilltop luge!).

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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07 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Our Queenstown ski packages for family ski holidays include lift passes, family accommodation, and a rental car. Hit the slopes at Queenstown’s top ski fields and enjoy time to explore the exciting activities on offer around Queenstown. With our Queenstown ski packages for family holidays, you’re guaranteed to find great snow deals for The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

**Sale** Family 7 Night Ski Package NZ$6,899 Per Family

Skiwiland – My First Ski School (Coronet Peak Only) is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from two to five years. Learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and the centre offers a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing.

Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am – 4pm (Coronet Peak & The Remarkables) for children and youths aged 5-15 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of family adventures, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown will be a guaranteed hit with the kids. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 7 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 4-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants. For an extra-special evening, your kids will love the gondola ride up to the Skyline Restaurant, where they can have a go at the hilltop luge.

Day 4 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or family exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers extreme exhilaration with activities on offer like skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping.

You can also choose one of the less-extreme activities that take in the stellar scenery of the area–options include cruises on the historic steamer, the TSS Earnslaw; scenic helicopter flights; and backcountry safaris. You can add any Queenstown family activity to your ski package. Ask us for suggestions or tell us what you’d like to check off your bucket list.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s a tough choice: The Remarkables or Coronet Peak? Family vote!

After having an awesome day on the hill as a family, head back to Queenstown to relax and unwind.

Day 6  Queenstown

Day four of your 4-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day of fun and thrills on the slopes; choose between The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. Last chance to enjoy those amazing views and family snow adventures!

Day 7 Queenstown

Finish on a high!

Add on a Queenstown family activity of your choice; relax in Queenstown or Arrowtown for the day; add an extra day at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak; or even try night skiing at Coronet Peak.

To get the most out of your New Zealand holiday, you can add a day trip to Milford Sound, known as the “eighth wonder of the world.” You’ll never forget the sight of dramatic snow-capped peaks rising from the fathomless depths of the fiord.

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at the Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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07 Day Queenstown Learn to Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Learn quickly with our 7 Day Queenstown Learn to Ski Package including 3 days of ski lessons in Queenstown. Adults and children of all ages will enjoy learning to ski with the Intro to Snow Package, which includes everything you need to get started. In addition, ski lessons in Queenstown are valid at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, so you get to sample two of New Zealand’s top ski fields during your stay.

The Learn to Ski Package includes lift passes, ski lessons in Queenstown, rental equipment, accommodation, and mountain coach transport. This makes for a convenient, stress-free ski getaway.

ONLY NZD$2,399 Per Adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

**4 Day Kids’ Intro to Snow Packages (5-15 years) includes: all-mountain lift pass, 5 hours of lessons (10 am – 4 pm) for 3 ski days and ski or snowboard hire. Perfect!**

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of family adventures, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Catch a cab or shuttle and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 7 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

The Intro to Snow package is designed for someone who has never tried skiing or snowboarding before.

Day one of your 4-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Learner Area Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

NOTE: 

*Your 4-day ski package is valid at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.  The four days do NOT have to be used consecutively, but you must return ski or snowboard hire when you are not skiing. The schedule outlined here is just an example of how you can plan your stay.*

**4 Day Kids’ Intro to Snow Packages (5-15 years) includes: all-mountain lift pass, 5 hours of lessons (10 am – 4 pm) for 3 ski days and ski or snowboard hire. Perfect!**

***Skiwiland – My First Ski School (Coronet Peak Only) is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from 2-5 years. Learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and the centre offers a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing. Please enquire for more information – this will need to be booked directly through NZSki.***

Day 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 4-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Now that you’re starting to get the hang of it, explore the mountain on your time off and develop your skills.

Day 4 Queenstown

Rejuvenate and refresh!

Spend the day exploring Queenstown. Any Queenstown activity can be added to your ski package — suggestions include skydiving, bungy jumping, or the Shotover Jet.

To rejuvenate, add a Central Otago Wine Tour, lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station, or dinner at the top of the Skyline Gondola.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 4-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Test your new skills — collect your rental gear from the on-mountain rental shop and practice until your lessons begin.

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 4-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 7 Queenstown

Finish on a high!

Add on a Queenstown activity of your choice. Relax in Queenstown or Arrowtown for the day, add an extra day at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, or even try night skiing at Coronet Peak.

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.”

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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07 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

The 7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package makes the perfect beginner ski package. Ski Cardrona Alpine Resort, with beginner lessons, lift passes, and rental equipment included. Cardrona is the ideal ski field for first time skiers, with wide open runs, gentle terrain, and flexible lesson schedules. Our beginner ski package will help you progress quickly.

**Sale On Now** Only NZD$2399 Per Adult All Inclusive:

*Child 3 months – 4 years includes 4 Day Ski Kindy for under 5s, full day care 8.30am – 4pm per day. **Private lesson and ski hire can be added**

Day 1 Wanaka

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 ski adventures.

Stay 5 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 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 4-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Learner Conveyor Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • 2 Lessons: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

* 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 4-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • 1 Lesson: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm or 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Test your new skills — collect your rental gear from the on-mountain rental shop and practice until your lesson starts.

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 4-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • 1 Lesson: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm or 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Now that you’re starting to get the hang of it, explore the mountain on your afternoon off and develop your skills.

Day 5 Wanaka

Day four of your Four Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Freedom! You are now equipped with a range of skiing or snowboard skills. Today is yours to explore the mountain and test your skills on the large variety of terrain available.

Day 6 Wanaka to Queenstown

Recover and rejuvenate!

Check out what Wanaka township has to offer: boutique shopping, picturesque walking tracks, tastings at the Rippon Winery, and attractions such as Puzzling World.

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

After your have explored Wanaka and the surrounds, drive to Queenstown for two nights of relaxation or exploration.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 7 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.

To rejuvenate, add a Central Otago Wine Tour, lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station, or dinner at the top of the Skyline Gondola.

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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07 Day Queenstown & Wanaka Ski and Play Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Experience the best of New Zealand with our Queenstown ski & accommodation packages including top sightseeing activities. This unforgettable Queenstown and Wanaka ski package includes four days on the slopes, so you have a chance to sample the best ski fields in the Queenstown Lakes ski region. In addition, sample the adventure scene with a skydive and Shotover Jet ride. Book our Queenstown ski & accommodation packages including transport and activities for great snow deals.

7 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZ$2899 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation. Our Queenstown ski accommodation packages include excellent 4-star accommodation in a convenient location.

Stay 4 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 2-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

  •  Shotover Jet –  The world’s most exciting jet boat ride!

It’s play day in Queenstown today. Pump some adrenaline through your veins as you experience an exhilarating jet boat ride with Shotover Jet!  Skim past rocky outcrops and have your breath taken away as you race through narrow canyons – hold on tight for the signature Shotover Jet full 360º spins!

  • NZONE Skydive Queenstown – 12,000ft

Once that rush starts to settle, get ready to embrace the fear and jump out of a perfectly good aeroplane! It’s time for your NZONE tandem skydive in Queenstown. Glide past jagged peaks and over Lake Wakatipu on your ascent, before hurling yourself into the sky for an incredible free-fall. Your heart will be racing after this extreme day of adventures in Queenstown.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day two of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those legs and head up Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Fields.

Day 5 Wanaka

Enjoy your last morning in Queenstown!

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

Make your way to Wanaka, taking the stunning Crown Range Road. 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 ski adventures.

Stay 3 nights in Wanaka.

Day 6 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 35 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your Wanaka mountain mojo on.

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-Day Wanaka ski pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.**

Day 7 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

As your last day on the slopes comes to an end, you may wish to head to the historic Cardrona Hotel and soak up the electric atmosphere with après-ski beside the roaring fire.

Or you might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70 km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and drop off your rental car. Depart Queenstown at your leisure.

 

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07 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Pack in as much skiing as possible with our Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski packages. Queenstown is the heart of the Southern Lakes ski region, and this 7 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package showcases the very best of New Zealand skiing. Includes 5 days of skiing plus downtown accommodation and mountain coach transport.

7 Night Ski Package Only NZD$2,199 Per Adult All Inclusive:

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in Queenstown, the heart of adventure in New Zealand. Head to your central Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll be perfectly situated to experience the best of the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade that’s perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 7 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Day one of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 5-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

When you return from your long day on the slopes, head into Queenstown for a tasty, hot dinner in front of the fire at one of Queenstown’s cosy restaurants or pubs.

Day 5 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity imaginable. Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for a great day of fun.

Day 7 Queenstown

Day five of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s your last day skiing at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. Soak it all in–and dream of the day you’ll come back!

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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07 Day Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Hutt Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Plan an epic New Zealand snow trip with our 7 Day Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Hutt Ski Package. Ski the top South Island resorts with 5 days on the slopes. This action-packed New Zealand snow trip itinerary allows you to sample five different ski fields in one action-packed getaway.

7 DAY NEW ZEALAND SNOW TRIP Only NZD$2299 per adult All Inclusive:

*Option to take this ski package in reverse, starting in Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown. 

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in Queenstown, the city of adventure! Collect your rental car from Queenstown airport and head off to discover Queenstown’s adventurous, energetic vibe.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 3-day ski pass is valid for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, AND Mt. Hutt, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Enjoy a spectacular day at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables.

Day 4 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Cardrona Alpine Resort 58 km / 1 hour
Driving time Queenstown to Treble Cone 90 km / 1 hour 45 minutes

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid for both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.**

Finish your day with après-ski in Wanaka!

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Day 5 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 50 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 6 Methven

Driving time Wanaka to Methven 371 km / 4.5 hours

Leave Central Otago and travel through the stunning Lindis Pass towards Lake Tekapo.  You will be spellbound by the backdrop as you head past Lake Pukaki, a turquoise glacial lake ringed by staggering mountains.  Stop in Lake Tekapo for lunch and check out the Mt John Observatory and the Church of Good Shepherd. If you have time, soothe your legs with a soak at Tekapo Springs Hot Pools.

You will continue your journey towards Methven, a tranquil yet vibrant ski village. Enjoy an afternoon out in this unspoilt scenic paradise. With many wonderful hikes and biking tracks in the region, plus a number of local restaurants and cafes, this is a great area to rest and recuperate.

Stay 2 nights in Methven

Day 7 Methven

Day three of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

It’s time for a day of fun in the snow at Mt Hutt. Just a 35 minute drive from Methven Village, this ski field is renowned for its big snowfall. Great natural snow is captured in its south facing basin; combine that with 75 snow guns, and you are destined for some great sliding!

Day 8 Depart Christchurch

Driving time Methven to Christchurch 96km / 1.5 hours

Depart Methven and, leaving the Southern Alps behind you, head through the calming Canterbury Plains. When you reach Christchurch, explore the city at your leisure.

Drop off your rental car and depart Christchurch.

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07 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Book an unforgettable Queenstown ski holiday with our 7 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package. This exciting ski holiday includes five days on the slopes plus accommodation and rental car. Our Queenstown ski holiday packages are perfect for great savings and stress-free travel.

Only NZD$2,499 per adult All Inclusive:

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in Queenstown, the heart of adventure in New Zealand. Collect your rental car at the airport and head to your central Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll be perfectly situated to experience the best of the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade that’s perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 7 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time for the fun to begin!

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 5-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s high energy bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for a great day of fun at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

Day 5 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity  imaginable.  Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 6 Queenstown

Day four of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s time to show off your new slope skills at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Fields today.

Day 7 Queenstown

Day five of your 5-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Your last day of fun and thrills on the slopes – it’s your choice whether your trip will end with The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. Last chance to enjoy those amazing views and the snow!

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at the Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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07 Day Ski Mt Hutt Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski New Zealand’s award-winning resort with our Mt Hutt Ski Packages. Consistently voted New Zealand’s best ski field at the World Ski Awards, Mt Hutt offers wide open terrain, leg burning runs, and great family deals.

MT HUTT SKI PACKAGES Only NZD$2,399 per adult All Inclusive:

Day 1 Christchurch

Arrive in the welcoming city of Christchurch, collect your rental car, check in to your accommodation, and head out to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Discover Christchurch, renowned for its, lively entertainment scene, strong cultural heritage, and stunning gardens. Be sure to pay a visit to the remains of the old cathedral.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 2 Methven

Driving time Christchurch to Methven 96 km / 1 hour 30 minutes

Depart Christchurch and head towards the Southern Alps through the calming Canterbury Plains scenery. When you arrive in Methven, make your way up the mountain to enjoy your first day of skiing at Mt Hutt Ski Field.

Day one of your 5-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

Just a 35 minute drive from Methven Village, Mt Hutt Ski Field is renowned for its fantastic terrain. Great natural snow is captured in its south facing basin; combine that with 75 snow guns, and you are destined for some great sliding!

Stay 5 nights in Methven

Day 3 Methven

Day two of your 5-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

It’s ski day! Drive back up to Mt Hutt for another wonderful day on the snow.

Day 4 Methven

Day three of your 5-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

Another day of fun and thrills on the slopes!

Why not kick your heels up in Methven tonight and dine at one of the village’s pubs or cafes? Reminisce about the great day of skiing you have had.

Day 5 Methven

Day four of your 5-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

Show off those new skills up at the ski field.

Day 6 Methven

Day five of your 5-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt

Last day to burn off all that holiday energy with another great day at Mt Hutt. Show off your new skills and embrace the stunning high country views from the top of the hill.

Day 7 Christchurch

Driving time Methven to Christchurch 96 km / 1 hour 30 minutes

Enjoy a free day in Christchurch. You decide what you would like to do — our highly recommended activities include a ride on the Christchurch Gondola or the tramway, a punting trip on the Avon River, or a tour of the botanical gardens.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 8 Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch at your leisure.

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07 Day Wanaka Ski Max Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Enjoy 5 days of skiing with a flexible Wanaka ski pass in the 7 Day Wanaka Ski Max Package. With lift passes, a 4WD rental car with snow chains, and accommodation, this ski package includes everything you need for a fun-filled, stress-free snow holiday.

7 Night Ski Package Deal NZ$2149 Per Adult | Wanaka Ski Pass Included

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

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 before driving 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 reach the vibrant, laid-back ski town of Wanaka, check in to your accommodation and get settled in. You can venture downtown to explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 7 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

Cardrona is a relaxed and friendly ski area that has been entertaining skiers and snowboarders for 40 years. Explore it all – wide open beginner trails, pristine groomers, fun free-ride terrain, and world class parks and pipes.

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

NOTE: 

**Your 5 Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 5 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 the stunning tracks. For a more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 6 Wanaka

Day four of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Enjoy another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone, and show off your new skills!

This afternoon you might like to go for a leisurely stroll along beautiful Lake Wanaka, make sure to get a photograph of the world-famous Wanaka Tree. Relax and unwind in your accommodation this evening.

Day 7 Wanaka

Day five of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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07 Day Wanaka Ski Relax Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

This 7 day ski package includes 3 days of Wanaka ski resort passes plus time to relax and explore Wanaka and Queenstown. Ski, sightsee, or add exciting activities to make the most of your stay. Your Wanaka ski resort pass includes both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.

**Special Deal** Only NZD$1699 Per Adult All Inclusive:

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

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 before driving 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 reach the vibrant, laid-back ski town of Wanaka, check in to your accommodation and get settled in. You can venture downtown to explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 5 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 the stunning tracks. For a more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 5 Wanaka

Day three of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 6 Queenstown

Recover and rejuvenate!

Have a late brunch in Wanaka, taking in the breathtaking views for the last time.

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown, check-in to your hotel and laze around Queenstown for the day.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 7 Queenstown

Spend the day exploring Queenstown. Any Queenstown activity 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, skydiving, or bungy jumping.

To recharge, add lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station or at the top of Skyline Gondola.

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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07 Day Ski to Alps Holiday Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Plan an unforgettable New Zealand ski trip with our 7 Day Ski to Alps Holiday Package. This itinerary includes three days of skiing at new Zealand’s top ski fields plus a scenic drive up the West Coast, finishing with a ride on the famous TranzAlpine Train. This New Zealand ski trip is perfect for maximizing both skiing and sightseeing.

7 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$2299 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 2-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.**

Day 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those legs and head up Coronet Peak or The Remarkables Ski Field.

Day 4 Wanaka

Relax and rejuvenate. Indulge in a day of exploration in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand, with the option to add on any Queenstown activities. Favourites include jet boating and scenic helicopter flights.

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 1 hour

After exploring Queenstown, drive over the stunning Crown Range to Wanaka 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 ski adventures.

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Day 5 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to conquer Cardrona.

Your 1-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 1-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid for either Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.**

Day 6 Franz Josef

Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 4 hours

With an abundance of short walks and scenic stops on the Haast Pass Highway, your journey to Franz Josef will be filled with exploration. As you head further north towards New Zealand’s most famous glaciers, you will wind through lush rainforest and past stunning coastal vistas.

A scenic helicopter flight is available as an add-on, where you will glide above Westland National Park for stunning views of the Southern Alps before landing in the snow.

Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.

Day 7 Greymouth to Christchurch

Driving time Franz Josef to Greymouth 180 km / 2.5 hours

  • TranzAlpine Train Journey Greymouth to Christchurch

Take the scenic drive north to Greymouth, where you will drop off your rental car and climb aboard the TranzAlpine train for the ‘trip of a lifetime.’  You will cut through the majestic Southern Alps, with thrilling vistas over deep gorges and brilliant rivers, before passing into the gentle farmlands of the Canterbury plains.

Arrive in the Gateway to the South, Christchurch.

Discover Christchurch in the evening and celebrate a fantastic New Zealand ski trip!

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 8 Christchurch

Head to Christchurch Airport and depart.

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07 Day Wanaka Ski Go Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Relish in 5 fun-filled days at Cardrona and Treble Cone with the 7 Day Wanaka Ski Go Coach Package. Our New Zealand snow holiday packages include lift passes, accommodation, and transport. This package includes mountain coach transport and transfers between Queenstown and Wanaka for the ultimate convenience. New Zealand snow holiday packages offer great savings and easy, stress-free travel.

Only NZD$2099 per adult All Inclusive:

*Option to add on rental car hire.
*Option to reduce the number of days of skiing included.

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

Arrive in Queenstown, where you will be collected by shuttle from Queenstown Airport and transferred to the beautiful alpine resort of Wanaka. Once in Wanaka, it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Stay 7 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Day one of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. Your ski/coach days do NOT have to be consecutive. The schedule outlined here is just an example of how you can plan your stay.**

Day 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Really explore the mountain today, ticking off trails as you venture around your favourite runs.

This evening you may like to visit REALM, New Zealand’s largest and most advanced Virtual Reality experience. Enjoy one of the various cutting-edge experiences on an Infinity Platform. At REALM, you’re not just watching, – you’re immersed!

Day 5 Wanaka

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 more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at Rippon Winery.

Day 6 Wanaka

Day four of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Enjoy another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone, and show off your new skills!

This afternoon you might like to go for a leisurely stroll along beautiful Lake Wanaka, make sure to get a photograph of the world-famous Wanaka Tree. Relax and unwind in your accommodation this evening.

Day 7 Wanaka

Day five of your 5-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 8 Depart Queenstown

Catch a shuttle to Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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Queenstown Skiing Season

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

The Queenstown skiing season runs from mid-June to mid-October each year. Each of the four Queenstown ski fields announces its projected opening and closing dates in advance. However, these may vary based on snow conditions.

As you plan your Queenstown ski holiday, choose travel dates based on what you want from your experience and which dates your preferred ski field will be open.

In general, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the most reliable ski field in terms of honouring its opening and closing dates. This is because the ski field has sheltered slopes, a high elevation, and extensive snowmaking capabilities.

However, flexible lift passes mean you can ski at a different resort if one of the ski fields isn’t open when you visit.

Read on for a breakdown of the Queenstown skiing season month by month.

The Queenstown Skiing Season: Month By Month

June Skiing in Queenstown

Queenstown Winterfest

Some skiers avoid June ski holidays because the ski fields don’t always open on schedule. However, skiing in June is rewarding for many reasons.

Firstly, Queenstown’s Winterfest draws visitors from around the world for a week of festive seasonal events. Enjoy a packed schedule of events on-mountain and off, from free live entertainment to hilarious challenges. Add to this an enticing array of food and beverage stands and festive lights around the city, and you have Queenstown’s favourite annual event.

Secondly, June is the tail end of New Zealand’s only off season, which means rock-bottom accommodation prices.

And thirdly, crowds don’t descend onto the ski fields until the start of the school holidays. This means you can enjoy a few weeks of wide-open runs and short lines at check-in.

July Skiing in Queenstown

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July is by far the most popular month of the Queenstown skiing season, because this is when both New Zealand and Australia’s school holidays fall. Snow conditions improve as the month goes on.

If you decide to travel in July, be sure to book your ski holiday far in advance. Family accommodation in Queenstown often fills up as early as January. If you wait until the last minute, you will end up paying inflated prices–if you can find somewhere to stay at all.

August Skiing in Queenstown

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If you can travel outside the school holidays, August is the obvious choice for your Queenstown ski holiday. With the most reliable snow cover of the season, August brings warmer days and lessening crowds.

August is your best chance of scoring a few powder days. However, conditions vary from year to year, so there’s no reason to postpone your ski holiday if you can’t travel in August.

September Skiing in Queenstown

Queenstown activities bars lakefront

September brings warmer weather, spring snow conditions, and deep discounts. September ski deals typically offer free days of skiing with multi-day passes, so this is the perfect time to visit if you want to save big.

In addition, most of the ski crowds have cleared away by September, which means you can enjoy uncrowded runs.

Keep in mind that warmer weather means snow tends to melt during the day and re-freeze at night. In other words, a later start could help you avoid the worst of the ice.

October Skiing in Queenstown

Coronet Peak spring skiing Queenstown

One or two Queenstown ski fields generally remain open in October. Cardrona Alpine Resort typically closes in mid-October, while the other Queenstown ski fields vary their closing dates each year.

Some Kiwi families take advantage of the October ski holidays to fit in a few days of skiing, but the ski fields rarely see families from overseas this late in the season. The snow is soft, the weather is warm, and some of the lower runs might be closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to ski in New Zealand?

Typically the snow is best in August. However, the best time to ski in New Zealand depends on what you want from your ski holiday. September brings deep discounts, while June is when Queenstown’s Winterfest happens each year.

Does Queenstown have snow?

Typically snow does not fall as low as the town centre in Queenstown. However, the town may receive a small dusting of snow once or twice per winter.

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Cardrona Ski Packages

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Our Cardrona ski packages are perfect for families and first-time skiers. These include:

If you have young children needing childcare or want to learn to ski, you will probably end up spending your entire ski holiday at Cardrona Alpine Resort. However, we also offer Wanaka ski packages including days at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.

Read on for an overview of our Cardrona ski packages.

Family Cardrona ski package holiday with daycare on-mountain at Cardrona Alpine Resort

7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

This learn to ski package offers the perfect introduction for first-time skiers. With three days of lessons and one day of independent skiing, the schedule suits all beginning skiers.

In addition, the schedule includes a stay in Queenstown so you can fit in a bit of New Zealand sightseeing before you fly out.

First Timer lessons for adults and children follow the same schedule, so the whole family can learn at the same time. Moreover, any younger children will be well cared for with a range of flexible childcare offerings.

The First Timer Package includes an excellent discount compared to normal lift passes, and you’ll find all snow gear for hire at Cardrona Alpine Resort. This includes:

  • Skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Jacket and pants
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

Who should choose this 7-day Cardrona ski package?

  • First-time skiers
  • Families with children skiing for the first time
Family ski holiday with daycare on-mountain at Cardrona Alpine Resort
Daycare at Cardrona Alpine Resort

10 Day Wanaka Family Ski Package

Perfect for families with children of all ages, this relaxing, fun ski package includes plenty of down time interspersed with ski days. Spend 5 days skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort, with two free days to explore Wanaka and two days in Queenstown.

This Cardrona ski package offers a basic framework for adding and customizing as you wish. For instance, you can choose to add lessons, childcare, or rental equipment depending on what your family requires.

In addition, 10 days is the perfect length to fit in the winter holidays.

Who should choose this 10-day Cardrona ski package?

  • Families with children of all ages
  • Skiers who want to mix snow with sightseeing
  • Less-experienced skiers who need time to recover after a long day on the slopes
The family-friendly McDougall's Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort one of the top Queenstown ski resorts
The family-friendly McDougall’s Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort

10 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

For first-time skiers determined to make the most of their experience, this Learn to Ski package offers extra time on the slopes while balancing time to rest your sore muscles.

The first four days of this ski package follow the lesson plan of the 7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package. After that, you have two more days to ski independently and hone your skills.

With an excellent range of beginner and intermediate runs, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the perfect place for first-time skiers to progress. Consequently, two additional days on the slopes will set you up for a lifetime of skiing.

In addition, this ski package includes several free days to explore both Wanaka and Queenstown.

Who should choose this 10-day Cardrona ski package?

  • First time skiers who want to master the basics
  • Families with beginning skiers of all ages
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Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu

10 Day Wanaka Ski Relax Holiday Package

With 4 days for sightseeing, the 10 Day Wanaka Ski Relax Holiday Package combines a regular holiday with a ski getaway. Furthermore, this package splits your free time between Wanaka and Queenstown to provide even more sightseeing opportunities.

Similarly to the 10 Day Wanaka Family Ski Package, this Ski Relax Package provides a basic framework for building a custom holiday. In other words, you can add lessons, childcare, and rental gear if necessary.

Likewise, this ski package is great for first-time skiers who aren’t sure they will enjoy skiing. They can give it a try, and after that, they can enjoy the multitude of other activities on offer in Wanaka and Queenstown.

Who should choose this 10-day Cardrona ski package?

  • Families
  • Skiers who want to fit in plenty of sightseeing
  • First-time skiers who aren’t sure they will enjoy skiing
Kids' ski lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort
Kids’ ski lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Plan your Cardrona Ski Holiday

The answers to these frequently asked questions will help make your Wanaka ski holiday a success.

Which ski resort is best for beginners?

Of all ski fields in New Zealand, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best for beginners.

Firstly, most of the terrain is easy to intermediate, with a “chondola” (gondola combined with a chair lift) for those nervous about riding a chair lift. And secondly, Cardrona offers the most flexible range of lessons for skiers of all levels.

When is Cardrona open?

Cardrona Alpine Resort typically opens in June and closes in October.

The opening dates for New Zealand’s ski fields vary from year to year, so you will need to check for the current season dates. However, Cardrona has some of New Zealand’s most consistent snow as a result of its high elevation and extensive snowmaking capabilities.

What is the best time to ski in New Zealand?

  • August is typically the most reliable month for snow, so it’s a safe choice
  • September and October are good for spring conditions and smaller crowds
  • June is the cheapest month to ski in New Zealand

Does it snow in Wanaka?

It rarely snows in the actual town of Wanaka, so you will need to drive up to Cardrona Alpine Resort or another ski field to see snow. However, this means you won’t have to deal with as much snow and ice on the roads.

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Our Favorite Queenstown Ski Packages

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Queenstown is New Zealand’s most famous ski destination. Make the most of your stay with one of the 5 best Queenstown ski packages on offer.

These are our 5 favorite Queenstown ski packages:

Read on to find out which ski package is right for you.

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Which ski package is right for me?

We’ll start by summarizing the inclusions of each top ski package. After that, we will break down who each ski package is best for. You’re sure to find the perfect ski package on this list–and if not, we have many other Queenstown ski packages to choose from.

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The 7 Day Queenstown Learn to Ski Package

This package simplifies the ski experience for first-timers. With four days on the slopes and progressive lessons each day, you’ll be confident in no time.

And with seven nights in New Zealand, the schedule gives you two free days to rest your legs after a full day on the slopes.

First time driving on winter roads? Don’t worry–coach transport is included.

Don’t own any ski gear? The 4-day Intro to Snow Package includes skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots. You can even hire a ski jacket and pants if you’re traveling from a warmer climate.

This Learn to Ski package takes advantage of the excellent savings offered by the 4-day Intro to Snow Package, which can be used at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

Who should choose the 7 Day Queenstown Learn to Ski Package?

  • Families with children of all ages who are new to skiing
  • Beginner skiers
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The 10 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package

If you’re traveling with children, flying can be a bit of an ordeal. Make up for the hassle with a longer stay in New Zealand–a 10-day ski package gives your family plenty of time both on the slopes and off.

This ski package includes 6 days of skiing plus a rental car to make transportation easy for families of any size. In addition, you have the option to add on childcare or Kids’ Club packages so your children will be looked after while you hit the slopes.

Fitting perfectly within the winter holidays, this is the ideal ski package for any families.

Who should choose the 10 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package?

  • Families with children of all ages and skiing abilities
  • Couples, singles, or groups of friends who want a relaxed ski holiday
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The 5 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package

This ski package is the perfect option for a quick budget getaway.

With only five nights in New Zealand, this ski holiday fits easily in an extended long weekend, and packs in three days of skiing plus one free day for sightseeing or relaxing.

Stay downtown for convenient access to shops and restaurants, and use mountain coach transport to minimize the hassle and expense of renting a car. This is the cheapest way to ski Queenstown’s top resorts. Therefore, this package is ideal for young travelers and solo travelers.

Who should choose the 5 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package?

  • Single travelers
  • Young travelers
  • Couples or families with only a long weekend to travel
  • Skiers on a budget
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The 7 Day Queenstown Ski and Play Package

Queenstown isn’t just a ski resort–it’s also famous as the adventure capital of New Zealand. This ski package combines skiing with some of Queenstown’s top adventure activities–a ride on the Shotover Jet and a scenic helicopter flight.

New Zealand ski holiday packages to Queenstown offer the best of both skiing and sightseeing opportunities.

For added convenience, this ski package includes mountain coach transport.

Who should choose the 7 Day Queenstown Ski and Play Package?

  • First-time visitors to New Zealand
  • Families with adventurous teens
  • Any skiers who want to make the most of their stay in Queenstown
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The 14 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package

This ski package is perfect for avid skiers who want to pack in as much time on the slopes as possible.

With 14 nights in New Zealand and 10 days of skiing, this is sure to be the holiday of a lifetime for powderhounds. And since rental car rates are discounted for longer rental periods, this package includes a 4WD vehicle at a great price.

Who should choose the 14 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package?

  • Avid skiers
  • Skiers who want to hone their skills and push the limits
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Further information on skiing in Queenstown

Before you choose from our Queenstown ski packages, you may have a few questions about what the experience will be like. Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

What is the best ski field in Queenstown?

The two major ski fields near Queenstown are The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. However, you don’t need to choose one or the other. The Queenstown NZSki Pass covers both ski fields and all inclusions.

For instance, lesson packages, rental equipment, and lift passes are valid at both ski fields. You can take your rental equipment home for the evening if you plan to use it the next day and return it at either ski field, or you can drop it off when you leave and pick it back up when you return.

The only service not valid at both ski fields is childcare. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak each have different childcare services available.

We recommend trying each ski field so you can pick your favorite.

Where should I stay when skiing in Queenstown?

You should stay in downtown Queenstown. Neither ski resort offers on-mountain accommodation, and both are easily accessible from the town center.

If you are using mountain coach transport to reach the ski fields, we always book accommodation within walking distance of downtown so you can easily reach restaurants, bars, and shops. And if you have your own vehicle, you might prefer to stay in a quieter area just outside town.

How far are the ski fields from Queenstown?

  • Coronet Peak is a 25-minute drive from Queenstown
  • The Remarkables is a 45-minute drive from Queenstown

However, it may take longer due to winter conditions on the roads.

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Queenstown Ski Pass Options

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

When booking a Queenstown ski pass for your snow holiday, you have many options to choose from. Flexible Queenstown lift passes valid at multiple ski fields give skiers the chance to sample the best runs in the region. Meanwhile, Coronet Peak’s famous night skiing requires a separate lift pass.

We break down each of the lift passes available for your Queenstown ski holiday to make planning easy and straightforward.

Table of Contents

Read on for more information.

Queenstown Ski Pass Options

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When planning your Queenstown ski holiday, the first decision you need to make is which ski fields you plan to visit.

Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are the two closest ski fields, each less than an hour’s drive from downtown Queenstown. These resorts share a single lift pass–the flexible Queenstown NZSki Pass.

Meanwhile, you can also reach Cardrona and Treble Cone from Queenstown. However, these require a different ski pass–the Wanaka Cardrona and Treble Cone Pass. Most skiers choose to stay in Wanaka to ski at Cardrona and Treble Cone, as the drive from Queenstown to each ski field is approximately 1.5 hours.

Flexible Multi-Day Queenstown Ski Pass Options

The Queenstown NZSki Pass

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NZSki owns both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, so most ski products are valid at both mountains. For example, lift passes, rental equipment, and most lessons can be redeemed at either ski field. In downtown Queenstown, the Snow Centre offers booking, check-in, and equipment collection/return services for Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Rental equipment can be used interchangeably between the two mountains.

We recommend checking in and collecting your ski gear at the Snow Centre upon arrival in Queenstown. This will save you from waiting in long lines on the mountain. When you check in, your ski products will be loaded onto an electronic card valid for the duration of your ski holiday. This electronic ski pass gives you access to the lifts.

What is the Queenstown Superpass?

The flexible NZSki Pass is also called the Queenstown Superpass.

You can redeem your Superpass credit for off-mountain activities and meals with certain operators. For example, if you choose not to use one of your lift pass days due to poor weather, you can use that credit towards other Queenstown experiences rather than losing money. Enquire at the Snow Centre for participating operators, as these change from year to year.

The Wanaka Cardrona and Treble Cone Pass

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Valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone, the Wanaka Cardrona Alpine Resorts Pass gives skiers the chance to sample twice as many slopes. As with the Queenstown NZSki Pass, most ski products can be redeemed at either mountain.

To check in and load ski products on your electronic Wanaka ski pass, visit Cardrona’s office in either Wanaka or Queenstown. You can also check in on the mountain when you arrive for your first day of skiing.

The Wanaka Cardrona and Treble Cone Pass cannot be redeemed for credit at off-slope retailers.

Discounted Queenstown Ski Pass Types

Trying to save on your Queenstown ski holiday? Hunt down the best ski deals with these discounted Queenstown ski pass options.

Early Bird Passes

Book your ski holiday far enough in advance, and you can save big with early bird deals.

Children, Students & Seniors

skiing in new zealand cardrona ski field nz ski lessons kids family

Children ages 8 – 17 ski at a discounted rate with child lift passes.

Seniors (ages 65+) and students (ages 18+, enrolled full-time in a New Zealand or Australian tertiary institution) receive a discount as well.

Free Lift Passes

Children ages 5 and under and seniors ages 75+ ski free of charge. However, you will need to collect a complimentary electronic pass from the office to access the lifts. You will need a photo ID to prove your age.

Learner Area Lift Pass

skiing in new zealand cardrona ski field nz ski lessons kids family

If this is your first time skiing, start off with a learner area lift pass to tackle the basics on the learners’ slopes. A surface conveyor carries new skiers to the top of the learner area.

At Cardrona and Treble Cone, the learner area lift pass also includes a single ride up the main ski lift at any point during the day.

If you choose a Learn to Ski package for your holiday, your first day of lessons will include a learner area lift pass.

September Ski Pass

September ski holidays mean warmer weather off-slope, spring snow conditions, and heavily discounted lift passes. All four Queenstown resorts offer spring ski deals from September 1st, usually with free days of skiing added to multi-day passes.

September ski pass deals change from year to year, and sometimes aren’t announced until midway through the winter. If you want to take advantage of these deep discounts, wait until August to book your September ski holiday.

Season Passes

Season passes typically cater to locals. However, if you plan to spend ten or more days skiing in Queenstown, these can work out to be more cost-effective than multi-day passes. This is especially true if you book an early bird season pass.

For an even deeper discount, the September pass acts like a season pass valid from September 1st. If you ski 6 or more days, this Queenstown ski pass more than pays for itself.

Special Single-Day Queenstown Lift Passes

Night Skiing at Coronet Peak

coronet peak ski field night skiing

In July and August, Coronet Peak remains open until 9pm every Wednesday and Friday. Night skiing is an iconic Queenstown experience, drawing locals and visitors to watch the sunset over the Wakatipu Basin and cut tracks on the floodlit runs.

The night skiing pass is separate from the Queenstown NZSki Pass. Either book an individual night ski pass or upgrade your day pass to a Twilight Pass for access to the slopes from 9 am – 9 pm.

Sightseeing Lift Passes

the view from The Remarkables Ski Field one of the best Queenstown ski resorts where to ski in new zealand

If you don’t ski but want to experience the snow, book a sightseeing lift pass to enjoy epic views and deep powder. These lift passes offer a single return ride on the main ski field lift.

At Cardrona Alpine Resort, you can enjoy a refreshment at the outdoor bar located at the top of McDougall’s Chondola! And at Coronet Peak, a viewing platform provides a spacious area to take in the views over the Wakatipu Basin.

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Snowboarding in New Zealand

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

The best ski fields for snowboarding in New Zealand are:

  • Treble Cone
  • Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Mt Hutt
  • Coronet Peak
  • The Remarkables

Snowboarding in New Zealand is rightly popular. New Zealand boasts some of the best southern hemisphere snow, so powderhounds gravitate to the country’s many world-class ski fields.

Here’s why these five resorts are the best snowboarding destinations in the country.

snowboarding in Queenstown, New Zealand

The top 5 resorts for snowboarding in New Zealand

Treble Cone Ski Field

With a huge annual snowfall and expansive terrain, Treble Cone is a haven for snowboarders. In addition, Treble Cone is famous for its off-piste runs and advanced terrain.

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Alpine Resort is the perfect snowboarding destination for families and beginners. Situated conveniently between Queenstown and Wanaka, Cardrona Alpine Resort boasts wide-open runs and some of the country’s most reliable snow. However, more experienced riders may wish to divide their time between Cardrona Alpine Resort and the nearby ski fields.

Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt Ski Field has a wide range of terrain, so it’s suited for snowboarders of all levels. Moreover, advanced snowboarders can tackle off-piste lines. With cheaper lift passes and smaller crowds than New Zealand’s other major ski fields, Mt Hutt is a great option for families.

Coronet Peak Ski Field

A haven for intermediate snowboarders, Coronet Peak is the perfect choice for practicing your skills and progressing. In addition, experts will find plenty of terrain to keep them occupied, with well-groomed black runs making up 30% of the ski field.

snowboarding in New Zealand

The Remarkables Ski Field

Easily accessible from Queenstown, The Remarkables is a great destination for beginners. Moreover, the ski field allows access to numerous off-piste runs depending on daily conditions. Some of these are lift-accessed, while others require a hike. Perched in the iconic Remarkables Range, the Remarkables ski area is a favorite with visitors.

Treble Cone, the best destination for snowboarding in New Zealand

Planning a snowboarding getaway in New Zealand

When choosing your snowboarding destination, factor in your skill level, what time of year you plan to visit, and what else you want out of your experience. To get started, here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Where is the best snow in New Zealand?

Wanaka’s Cardrona Alpine Resort has the most reliable snow cover of any New Zealand ski field, so it has the longest season of any ski field in the country. Therefore, if you hope to travel at the margins of the winter season–June or October–Cardrona Alpine Resort is a safe choice.

Treble Cone is less reliable, but it makes up for it with a high annual snowfall of over 5 meters. Consequently, you’re most likely to hit a great powder day at Treble Cone.

With flexible passes valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone, you can pick and choose the best days at each.

Queenstown’s two ski fields are also fairly reliable for snow. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are in different mountain ranges and at different elevations, so they are subject to different weather systems. As a result, one might be icy while the other is soft, or one might be closed while the other remains open.

Mt Hutt Ski Field also receives a large average annual snowfall of 4 meters. However, adverse weather can close this ski field, and the Mt Hutt pass is not valid at any nearby ski fields in case you can’t reach the slopes for the day.

coronet peak ski field queenstown, one of the top queenstown ski resorts

When can you snowboard in New Zealand?

  • Most New Zealand ski fields open in June
  • Most New Zealand ski fields close in September or October

Ski field opening dates vary from year to year and are subject to adequate snowfall.

Typically, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the first ski field to open and the last to close. In some years it opens in early June; however, in other years it opens near the end of the month.

snowboarding treble cone ski field wanaka skiing nz ski

How much does it cost to go snowboarding in New Zealand?

The cost of a snowboarding package typically includes:

  • Lift passes
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation (rental car or mountain coach transport)

You also have the option to add:

  • Equipment and clothing rentals
  • Lessons
  • Childcare or kids’ club packages

Browse our range of skiing and snowboarding packages to get an idea of the typical cost of a snowboarding trip to New Zealand.

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05 Day Wanaka Ski Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Enjoy 3 days of skiing with a flexible Wanaka ski pass in the 5 Day Wanaka Ski Coach Package. Hit the slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone Ski Field. With lift passes, mountain coach transfers, accommodation, and transfers between Queenstown and Wanaka, this ski package includes everything you need for a fun-filled, stress-free snow holiday.

5 Day Wanaka Ski Coach Package – Ski Cardrona Alpine Resort & Treble Cone Ski Field

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

Travel time Queenstown Airport to Wanaka 70km / 1 hour 15 minutes

Arrive in Queenstown, the entry point to the Southern Lakes ski region.

Catch your airport transfer from Queenstown Airport delivering you to your Wanaka accommodation. Mountains frame the road, snow dusting their slopes, and there are photo opportunities 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 explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 5 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 50 minutes
Travel time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
    • **accommodation collection subject to availability, book now to secure your spot**

Cardrona is a relaxed and friendly ski area that has been entertaining skiers and snowboarders for 40 years. Explore it all – wide open beginner trails, pristine groomers, fun free-ride terrain, and world class parks and pipes.

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.

NOTE: 

**Your 3 Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 the stunning tracks. For a more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 5 Wanaka

Day three of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

Travel time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

Catch your airport transfer from your Wanaka accommodation to Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown at your leisure.

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05 Day Wanaka Ski Max Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

This 5 day ski package includes 3 days of Wanaka ski resort passes plus time to relax and explore Wanaka. Ski, sightsee, or add exciting activities to make the most of your stay. Your Wanaka ski resort pass includes both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.

5 Day Wanaka Ski Max Package – Ski Cardrona and Treble Cone

Day 1 Queenstown to Wanaka

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 before driving 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 reach the vibrant, laid-back ski town of Wanaka, check in to your accommodation and get settled in. You can venture downtown to explore the stunning lakeside town, or relax in your accommodation while gearing up for your ski holiday adventures.

Stay 5 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to get your ski holiday started!

Day one of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski 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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE: 

**Your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 4 Wanaka

Recover and rejuvenate!

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 the stunning tracks. For a more sophisticated option, discover the taste of Central Otago at the Rippon Winery.

Day 5 Wanaka

Day three of your 3-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

It is your last chance to push those ski legs a little harder! Enjoy your last day at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone.

You might like to enjoy a drink after your final day on the snow this evening. From lakefront bars with incredible views, through to cosy venues with roaring open fires, classic Kiwi pubs or lounge bars serving award-winning cocktails, you are definitely spoilt for choice. 

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

Make your way to Queenstown, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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05 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Only five days to spend on family snow holidays to New Zealand? Choose the 5 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package for an exciting, action-packed family getaway. Spend 3 days on the slopes at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, with a free day to explore Queenstown and check out the family activities on offer. Our family snow holidays to New Zealand include lift passes, rental car, and accommodation, with the option to add lessons, rental and equipment.

Family 5 Night Ski Package Only NZD$5,099 Per Family

Skiwiland – My First Ski School (Coronet Peak Only) is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from two to five years. Learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and the centre offers a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing.

Kids Ski Programmes are available from 10am – 4pm (Coronet Peak & The Remarkables) for children and youths aged 4-15 years. Kids Ski Programmes offer everything your kids need: lift passes, ski or snowboard hire and two daily lessons – ask for ‘Kids Ski Programmes’ under questions.

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of family adventures, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown will be a guaranteed hit with the kids. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 5 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 3-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars or restaurants. For an extra-special evening, your kids will love the gondola ride up to the Skyline Restaurant, where they can have a go at the hilltop luge.

Day 4 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or family exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers extreme exhilaration, with activities on offer that include skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping.

You can also choose one of the less-extreme adventures that take in the stellar scenery of the area–options include cruises on the historic steamer, the TSS Earnslaw; scenic helicopter flights; and backcountry safaris. You can add any Queenstown family activity to your ski package. Ask us for suggestions or tell us what you’d like to check off your bucket list.

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

It’s a tough choice: The Remarkables or Coronet Peak? Family vote!

After having an awesome day on the hill as a family, head back to Queenstown to relax and unwind.

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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05 Day Queenstown Learn to Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

First time skiers will gain confidence quickly with our Queenstown beginner ski packages. Spend three days on the slopes, with two sets of lessons each day, as you learn the basics and begin tackling more challenging terrain. With passes valid at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, Queenstown beginner ski packages offer an excellent discount.

Only NZD$1,799 per adult All Inclusive:

**3 Day Kids’ Intro to Snow packages (5-15 years) includes: all-mountain lift pass, 5 hours of lessons (10 am – 4 pm) and ski or snowboard hire. Perfect!**

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand’s premier ski destination! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Catch a cab or shuttle from Queenstown airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 5 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

The Intro to Snow package is designed for someone who has never tried skiing or snowboarding before.

Day one of your 3-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Learner Area Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

*Your 3-day ski package is valid at both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.  The three days do NOT have to be used consecutively, but you must return ski or snowboard hire when you are not skiing. The schedule outlined here is just an example of how you can plan your stay.*

**3 Day Kids’ Intro to Snow packages (5-15 years) includes: all-mountain lift pass, 5 hours of lessons (10 am – 4 pm) and ski or snowboard hire. Perfect!**

***Skiwiland – My First Ski School (Coronet Peak Only) is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from 2-5 years. Learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and the centre offers a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing. Please enquire for more information – this will need to be booked directly through NZSki.***

Day 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 3-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Test your new skills — collect your rental gear from the on-mountain rental shop and practice until your lessons begin.

Day 4 Queenstown

Day three of your 3-Day Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Two 2-Hour Lessons (beginning at 10.20 am and 2.00 pm daily)
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Now that you’re starting to get the hang of it, explore the mountain on your time off and develop your skills.

Day 5 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity imaginable. Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours and backcountry safaris.

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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05 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Learn to ski at New Zealand’s best beginner ski field with the 7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package. Cardrona Alpine Resort offers wide-open beginner terrain and a flexible lesson schedule that helps first timers progress quickly. With lift passes, rental equipment, transportation, and accommodation included, this package offers everything you need to start skiing.

5 NIGHT LEARN TO SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$1799 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

*Child 3 months – 4 years includes 4 Day Ski Kindy for under 5s, full day care 8.30am – 4.00pm per day. **Private lesson and ski hire can be added**

Day 1 Wanaka

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 4 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2 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 3-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Learner Conveyor Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • 2 Lessons: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm and 2 pm – 4.30 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

NOTE: 

* 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 3 Wanaka

Day two of your 3-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • 1 Lesson: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm or 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Test your new skills — collect your rental gear from the on-mountain rental shop and practice until your lesson starts.

Day 4 Wanaka

Day three of your 3-Day First Timer Package includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • 1 Lesson: 10.20 am – 12.20 pm or 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Rental Equipment: skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots

Now that you’re starting to get the hang of it, explore the mountain on your afternoon off and develop your skills.

Day 5 Wanaka to Queenstown

Recover and rejuvenate!

Check out what Wanaka township has to offer: boutique shopping, picturesque walking tracks, and attractions such as Puzzling World.

Driving time Wanaka to Queenstown 70km / 1 hour

After you have explored Wanaka and the surrounds, drive to 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.

To rejuvenate, add a Central Otago Wine Tour, lunch or dinner at Walter Peak Station, or dinner at the top of the Skyline Gondola.

Stay 1 night in Queenstown.

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

At your leisure, drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown.

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05 Day Ski Queenstown & Wanaka Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Sample the four best New Zealand ski fields in a 5-day Queenstown & Wanaka ski package packed with action and excitement. New Zealand ski holiday packages to Queenstown and Wanaka allow access to The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, and Cardrona. With ski passes, rental car, and accommodation included, this package offers great convenience and value for money. Book today for snow deals on New Zealand ski holiday packages to Queenstown and Wanaka.

5 NIGHT SKI PACKAGE ONLY NZD$1699 per adult ALL INCLUSIVE:

Day 1 Queenstown

Arrive in New Zealand’s premier ski destination, Queenstown! The scene of adventure, beauty, relaxation, and entertainment, Queenstown is sure to impress. Collect your rental car from the airport and head off to discover the attractive lakeside town, or simply unwind in your accommodation.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes 

Day one of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 2-day Queenstown ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.**

Day 3 Queenstown to Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Enjoy a spectacular day at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables.

After you’re done skiing, enjoy the sweeping views as you drive over the Crown Range to Wanaka.

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 1 hour

Check in to your Wanaka accommodation. Spend the evening exploring the attractive town and boosting your energy with a hearty dinner!

Stay 3 nights in Wanaka.

Day 4 Wanaka

Driving time Wanaka to Cardrona Alpine Resort 34 km / 45 minutes
Driving time Wanaka to Treble Cone 29 km / 40 minutes

Breathe in the fresh mountain air; it’s time to unleash your soul on the Wanaka mountains.

Day one of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

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.

Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the Queenstown Lakes District, providing access to 550ha of rideable terrain. You’ll find something for all abilities. Covering a leg-burning 700m of vertical, Treble Cone is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails.

NOTE:

**Your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass is valid at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.**

Day 5 Wanaka

Day two of your 2-Day Wanaka Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone

Test your skills at Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone today. If you would like to enjoy some lunch up the mountain this afternoon, both Cardrona and Treble Cone offer a range of cafés and restaurants that will keep your energy levels up!

In the evening you have the chance to catch a film at Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka’s quirky local theatre (hint: the homemade cookies and ice cream at half time are delicious).

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 1 hour

Drive to Queenstown Airport, drop off your rental car, and depart Queenstown at your leisure.

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05 Day Queenstown Supreme Ski Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

If you’re short on time and only have five days to spend in New Zealand, our Queenstown ski packages pack plenty of excitement in a short stay. Spend three days hitting the slopes at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, with a free day to explore Queenstown or sample the wide range of activities on offer. Our New Zealand & Queenstown ski packages include lift passes, accommodation, and transportation for convenient, stress free travel and great savings.

Only NZD$1,799 per adult All Inclusive:

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in Queenstown, the heart of adventure in New Zealand. Collect your rental car at the airport and head to your central Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll be perfectly situated to experience the best of the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade that’s perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 5 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled into Queenstown, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Driving time Queenstown to Coronet Peak 16 km / 25 minutes 
Driving time Queenstown to The Remarkables 24 km / 45 minutes

Day one of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 3-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s high-energy bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity  imaginable.  Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose from something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for a great day of fun at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

Return your rental car at the Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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05 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

We offer excellent Queenstown ski deals with our 5 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package. Spend three days skiing at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, with convenient mountain coach transport picking up from downtown Queenstown. Our Queenstown ski deals also include quality accommodation.

5 Night Ski Package Only NZD$1,599 Per Adult All Inclusive:

Day 1 Queenstown

You’ll arrive in Queenstown, the heart of adventure in New Zealand. Head to your central Queenstown accommodation, where you’ll be perfectly situated to experience the best of the town.

With a vibrant downtown packed with fine restaurants and bars, and a lakeside promenade that’s perfect for watching the sunset or catching a sightseeing boat, you’ll never run out of things to do.  And that’s before you even start your Queenstown skiing adventure!

Stay 5 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2 Queenstown

Once you’ve settled in, it’s time to hit the slopes!

Day one of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain, making it one of New Zealand’s most exciting ski destinations for snow lovers of any ability.

The Remarkables mountain range is a true alpine experience, offering terrain and facilities to suit everyone from beginners to experts. Snowboarders will find plenty to keep them entertained as well!

NOTE: 

**Your 3-day ski pass is valid for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, and 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 3 Queenstown

Day two of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Relish in another day of excitement at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak.

After conquering the mountain, experience Queenstown’s nightlife with Après-ski at one of Queenstown’s high energy bars or restaurants.

Day 4 Queenstown

Let your muscles rejuvenate with a day of relaxation or exploration. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown offers every extreme activity  imaginable.  Push yourself to the limits with skydiving, jet boating, and bungy jumping, or choose something a bit more peaceful. You can take in the beauty of the region with activities like cruises on the TSS Earnslaw (fine dining included!), scenic helicopter flights, wine tours, and backcountry safaris.

We can help you add Queenstown activities to your ski package; ask for suggestions, or tell us what you want to check off your bucket list!

Day 5 Queenstown

Day three of your 3-Day NZSki Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables
  • Return Mountain Coach Transport to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables

Fire up those ski legs and head up the mountain for your last day of fun on the slopes.

Day 6 Depart Queenstown

Make your way to Queenstown Airport and leave beautiful Queenstown at your leisure.

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Where to Ski in New Zealand

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

When deciding where to ski in New Zealand, you can choose between three major ski areas:

Queenstown and Wanaka are just an hour’s drive apart, and each town is less than an hour’s drive from two ski fields.

Methven, on the other hand, is close to just one ski field–Mt Hutt–and offers fewer off-slope activities. However, Mt Hutt Ski Field is great for families and less expensive than the other two ski regions, so it can be an excellent option.

Read on for an overview of each ski area so you can choose where to ski in New Zealand.

the view from The Remarkables Ski Field one of the best Queenstown ski resorts where to ski in new zealand
Looking over Queenstown from the Remarkables Ski Field

Ski Queenstown for the bustling resort town experience

Queenstown is rightfully the most popular town in New Zealand. In winter, it transforms into a bustling mountain resort, with mulled wine on every street corner and lights strung up for Winterfest.

Nestled beside a picturesque lake, surrounded by mountains, Queenstown is within close reach of two world-famous ski areas. In addition, Queenstown boasts the most convenient mountain coach transport in New Zealand, with buses leaving every 20 minutes from downtown for both ski fields, and daily scheduled services picking up skiers from locations around town.

Which ski fields are near Queenstown?

  • The Remarkables Ski Field (45 minutes)
  • Coronet Peak Ski Field (25 minutes)
  • Cardrona Alpine Resort (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Treble Cone Ski Field (1 hour 30 minutes)

The Remarkables and Coronet Peak share one pass. In other words, skiers can choose which mountain to ski each day, while rental equipment and lesson packages are available at both mountains.

Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone are also accessible from Queenstown, and skiers can use coach transport to access these resorts as well. However, most skiers choose to stay in Wanaka while skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.

One popular option is to split your stay between Queenstown and Wanaka. Visitors to Wanaka fly into Queenstown Airport either way, so this doesn’t add any extra travel time.

What is the best ski field in Queenstown?

The best ski field in Queenstown depends on what you want from your holiday.

  • The best ski field for beginners and children is Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • The closest ski field to Queenstown is Coronet Peak
  • The best ski field for advanced skiers is Treble Cone
  • The most iconic Queenstown ski field is The Remarkables

You can read an overview of the Queenstown ski resorts and their pros and cons here.

where to ski in New Zealand: Treble Cone Ski Field Wanaka
Treble Cone Ski Field in Wanaka

Ski Wanaka, New Zealand for a family-friendly experience

Just an hour’s drive from Queenstown, Wanaka has all the benefits of Queenstown without the crowds. This family-friendly ski resort town also sits on a picturesque lakefront with mountain views, and you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars downtown for après -ski.

Wanaka is also located within easy reach of two ski fields, including New Zealand’s most family-friendly ski area: Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Which ski fields are near Wanaka?

  • Cardrona Alpine Resort (40 minutes)
  • Treble Cone Ski Field (30 minutes)

Just like in Queentown, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone share one pass. Consequently, skiers have the flexibility to decide where they plan to ski each day.

Cardrona Alpine Resort is perfect for families and beginner through intermediate skiers, with the most flexible lesson offerings of any New Zealand ski resort.

Treble Cone, meanwhile, is the largest ski area on the South Island, with extensive advanced terrain and some of the country’s best off-piste runs.

Can you stay on snow in New Zealand?

Cardrona Alpine Resort is the only commercial ski field with on-mountain accommodation. In other words, if you dream of staying on the snow during your ski trip, this is the place for you.

On-mountain apartments book up well in advance, so be sure to reserve yours as soon as possible. However, there are limited on-mountain activities available, so you may want to stay just two or three nights on the snow and reserve downtown accommodation for the remainder of your stay.

Where to ski in New Zealand: Mt Hutt Ski Field Methven
Mt Hutt Ski Field near Methven

Where to ski in New Zealand if you want to cut costs: Methven

Methven is a tiny, compact town that comes alive in winter. Tucked at the foot of the Southern Alps not far from Christchurch, Methven is a popular ski choice for families and locals.

Which ski field is near Methven?

  • Mt Hutt Ski Field (40 minutes)

Though less popular than Queenstown and Wanaka-area ski fields, Mt Hutt is consistently voted New Zealand’s best ski field.

The mountain boasts extensive runs at all levels, a great range of lessons and childcare, and some of the country’s most consistent snow.

Where can I ski cheaply in New Zealand?

A ski holiday at Mt Hutt costs significantly less than the equivalent in Queenstown or Wanaka.

Firstly, accommodation in Methven is practically half the price of accommodation in Queenstown or Wanaka.

Secondly, children ages 7 and under ski free–a major bonus for families and not offered at any other commercial ski field in New Zealand.

And finally, flights into Christchurch are often less expensive than flights to Queenstown.

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Our Top Restaurants in Wanaka – (recommended)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Though Wanaka is a small town, the restaurants in Wanaka are superb. There’s a lot more to Wanaka than mountains and a picturesque scenery. If you visit our bustling South Island home base, no matter if on a Wanaka ski package or not, we highly recommend you to taste your way through its renowned restaurant scene.

The best restaurants in Wanaka are:

  • Big Fig
  • Francesca’s Italian Kitchen
  • Federal Diner
  • Spice Room
  • Trout Bar & Restaurant
  • Arc

Famous for their focus on local, fresh produce, outstanding NZ wines and stunning views, the culinary options here are plenty. To get an idea of what Wanaka eateries have to offer, read more about the six top restaurants in Wanaka.

Big Fig

Nestled at the Wanaka lakefront, Big Fig is famous for its ‘slow food served fast’. From slow-braised lamb shawarma or flavor-rich meatballs, to steaming veggie dishes, delicious salads and freshly baked pitta’s, this place pleases both meat lovers and vegetarians. Their “no reservations” policy means that you just turn up, make yourself comfy and dive into their diverse Middle-Eastern style menu.

Address: 105 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Contact: +64 34435023

Hours: Mon to Sun 8 am – 9 pm

Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

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Pizza at Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

What would Wanaka be without this authentic family-style trattoria, where bubbly Italian expat Francesca brings in the bursting flavors and culinary simplicity of her home country. This spacious eatery has been busy since day 1 and the homemade pasta, woodfire pizza and polenta chips speaks for itself. Wine and produce are sourced locally and even the Allpress coffee is brewed in NZ.

Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305

Contact: +64 4435599

Hours: Mon to Sun 12-10pm

Federal Diner

federal diner wanaka new zealand restaurant

A hidden foodie gem where the Wanaka locals love to fuel up on great coffee, seasonal & sustainable food and kind, warm-hearted vibes. Come by for breakfast to indulge in their signature cheese scones, enjoy a wholesome lunch, or get your taste buds rolling with Kiwi classics like slow roasted lamb. All is prepared with lots of care and passion for the freshest produce of the region.

Address: 47 Helwick Street, Wanaka, Central Otago 9305

Contact: +64 34435152

Hours: Mon and Tue 7am-4pm, Wed to Sun 7am-9pm

Spice Room

Just a few doors down, this loungy restaurant entices you with modern yet authentic Indian flavors created from fresh local produce, paired with the finest Central Otawa wines. It is open till late, although their special early bird deal for curry, rice and papadum and apres ski tapas by the fire are hard to beat. Try the ‘malai kofta’ as they melt in your mouth.

Address: 43 Helwick Street, Wanaka

Contact: +64 3 443 1133

Hours: Mon to Sun 5pm till late

Trout Bar & Restaurant

trout wanaka restaurant new zealand
Views from Trout Bar & Restaurant

If the stunning views don’t convince you already, the eclectic menu of Trout Bar should win you over. Apart from their excellent choice of seafood, the shared mixed platters are a real hit with larger groups – loaded with delicacies like prawn twisters, lamb skewers, roasted tomatoes, cheeses, dips and fresh ciabatta. And with some heavenly veggie stacks and gluten-free options available, no one will leave hungry.

Address: 151 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Contact: +64 34432600

Hours: Mon to Sun 10.30am till late

Arc

Arc is a cosy, elegant space offering brunch during the day accompanied with artisan coffee and breakfast cocktails. Enjoy breakfast and brunch dishes that have the same level of detail and innovation that you would expect to find when you go out for dinner. Meanwhile, in the evening the food is tapas style, with entré-size dishes that are designed to share. There is also an amazing cocktail and wine list.

Address: 74 Ardmore Street, Lake Wanaka 9305

Contact: +643 428 4938

Hours: Mon to Sun 9am – 3pm Brunch and Breakfast and 5pm – Late Bar and Tapas

Now you have at least six more reasons to make Wanaka the base of an unforgettable skiing holiday. Reach out to us and we help you choose your perfect Wanaka ski package, so you can focus on exploring the mountains and indulging in those culinary gems above.

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Wanaka in Spring: The Best Time to Ski in New Zealand (recommended)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

With the days getting longer and temperatures warmer, we think that one of the best times to ski in New Zealand is spring. Importantly with the changing weather system ‘one may call it global warming’ the trend during 2020 and 2021 was that the snow came later in the season and spring ‘September/October’ is now looking like the new August with guaranteed snow and fantastic snow storms creating epic powder days.

The chair lifts are also open longer, meaning you can hit the slopes later and spend the whole afternoon skiing or snowboarding.

Stopping by at one of the many outdoors ski bars becomes even more pleasurable as you soak in the warm sun before heading down the mountain in just a t-shirt. Not only that – the slopes are generally much less crowded and the ski shop sales offer a touch of retail therapy!

That said, skiing in Wanaka in spring is one of the best kept secrets of NZ’s Southern Lakes. But there is so much more to it.

What is there to do in Wanaka in spring?

  • Walking, Hiking & Mountain Biking
  • Water, Air & Offroad Adventures
  • Local Attractions Indoors & Outdoors
  • Food & Drink

Read on to learn more about our favourite things to do in Wanaka in spring.

Walking, Hiking & Mountain Biking

roys peak hike wanaka new zealand
Hiking the Roy’s Peak Track in Wanaka

Short routes or full day treks, easy walks or challenging hikes, Wanaka has 750km of trails that are just waiting to be explored.

Head to Mount Aspiring National Park and step into the magical world of Lord of the Rings. You’ll find beautiful mountains, stunning glaciers, scenic river valleys and quaint alpine lakes. In addition, Roys Peak Trek is often listed as must do in NZ, a half day walk rewarding you with breathtaking views over Wanaka, the lake and the Southern Alps. Another highlight: climbing alongside the iconic Twin Falls on the via ferrata.

If you don’t want to go by foot, you can also and go on a guided mountain biking trip. Alternatively, hit the single-track mountain bike circuit at Dean’s Bank to take in amazing views over the mighty Clutha River and Wanaka Basin.

Water, Air & Offroad Adventures

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Kayaking past the iconic Wanaka Tree

Spring time is an incredible time for jet-boating, canyoning, kayaking and paddle boarding. Explore the pristine rivers and waterfalls that wind their way through the native forests. Imagine a thrilling jet-boat ride into Mt Aspiring National Park, followed by a guided walk amidst towering glaciers and soaring mountains.

Sky is no limit in Wanaka, as there’s plenty of airborne adventures to keep your adrenaline rising. Why not go “flightseeing” and soak in the breathtaking scenery. Believe us, it’s hard to beat the views from above with Mt Aspiring, Milford Sound and the Southern Alps on our doorstep.

If you love driving, venture off the beaten path. Follow private farm roads into the iconic highlands on a private 4WD trip. Or take it a bit slower on a horse back and explore some of the most striking riding fields in New Zealand in Cardrona Valley.

Local Attractions Indoors & Outdoors

puzzling world wanaka activities
Puzzling World Wanaka

Feeling like taking things a bit easier? From museums and art galleries to unique sights, Wanaka is full of fun, quirky attractions to keep everyone entertained.

What to do in Wanaka when it rains?

  • Get lost in illusions in the maze of Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World
  • Visit one of the world’s largest private toy collections at the Transport and Toy Museum
  • Marvel at 500 classic cars in one place at Warbirds & Wheels
  • Watch a film at the quirky Cinema Paradiso

Being such a natural paradise, Wanaka also boasts some unique wildlife attractions. For example, enjoy a relaxing cruise to the Mou Wahu island to spot the native Buff Weka & other native animals. And don’t miss to check out NZ’s most photographed tree, known as the “lone tree of Wanaka”.

Food & Drink

Taste your way through the freshest spring produce of the region. At this time of the year, the chefs of the top restaurants in Wanaka are eager to spoil you with the local produce growing at our doorstep. You’ll find excellent restaurants and cafés in town. Moreover, Wanaka has artisan producers and world-renowned vineyards, as well as craft beer breweries and famous distilleries. There is something to cater for every taste and win over the hearts of even the most discerning food lover.

Hungry for more? Reach out to us and let us start planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Wanaka in spring.

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Our Latest Queenstown Ski Accommodation Guide: 2022 Edition

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Round off a perfect ski holiday with this Queenstown ski accommodation. Hit the slopes at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables before heading out to experience Queenstown’s vibrant après-ski scene. Or unwind in the spa pool at your luxury resort after a long day on the snow.

From budget motels to exclusive luxury lodges, we have selected the very best accommodation for your Queenstown ski holiday. Choose to stay downtown for convenient access to a wide range of shops and restaurants, or escape the bustle at a peaceful resort.

Read on for details on the top Queenstown ski accommodation.

Queenstown Ski Accommodation

Budget Accommodation (3.5-star)

Budget accommodation offers a good standard at an affordable price. Comfortable, clean, and conveniently located, these properties are a bit more basic than 4-star.

Blue Peaks Lodge

blue peaks lodge queenstown ski accommodation

Suitable for couples and families, Blue Peak Lodge lies within easy walking distance of downtown Queenstown. Spacious rooms and kitchen facilities offer flexibility for skiers.

Standard Accommodation (4-star)

Most skiers choose to stay at 4-star accommodation during their time in Queenstown. Affordable and well-presented, standard 4-star accommodation suits most travellers, from solo skiers through to large family groups.

Alexis Motel and Apartments

Alexis Motel and Apartments Queenstown

Spacious, well-appointed rooms and views over Lake Wakatipu characterise this popular 4-star property. In addition, it’s just a short walk from Alexis Motel and Apartments to downtown Queenstown.

Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Garden Court Suites and Apartments Queenstown

Just a short stroll from Queenstown’s centre, Garden Court provides a high standard of accommodation in a relaxing garden setting. Larger apartments include full kitchens and living areas, perfect for unwinding after a long day on the slopes.

Scenic Suites Queenstown

Scenic Suites Queenstown

For hotel-style accommodation, Scenic Suites Queenstown fits the bill. Located close to the town centre, the rooms are compact and well-presented. Add daily breakfast for a hassle-free ski holiday.

Affordable Luxury (4.5-star)

If you want something a touch nicer than 4-star, 4.5-star accommodation is the perfect choice. Without much of a price increase, these properties offer beautifully presented suites and apartments for couples and families.

Blue Peaks Apartments

Blue Peaks Apartments Queenstown accommodation

Spacious, central, and well-appointed, Blue Peaks Apartments offer a home away from home during your ski holiday. Perfect for families and groups, these fully equipped self-catering apartments face onto a quiet tree-lined street opposite the Queenstown Gardens.

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown

For couples looking for an indulgent yet affordable hotel stay, DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown is sure to hit the mark. With beautifully furnished rooms, a quiet lakeside location, and access to the extensive facilities at Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, DoubleTree exceeds all expectations. And, if you plan to spend most of your time skiing at The Remarkables, this Queenstown hotel is just a 30-minute drive from the ski field base.

The Glebe

The Glebe Queenstown Ski Accommodation

It’s hard to find Queenstown accommodation more central than this. With options ranging from studio suites to four-bedroom apartments, The Glebe caters for families and groups of all sizes. In addition, a range of penthouses appeal to more discerning travellers. Enjoy cosy fireplaces, spa baths, balconies, and spacious entertaining areas in these deluxe penthouses.

Arrowfield Apartments

Arrowfield Apartments Queenstown

Escape the bustle of downtown Queenstown with Arrowfield Apartments, situated near the picturesque historic mining village of Arrowtown. Stone fireplaces and designer kitchens complete the look of each beautifully appointed apartment. Meanwhile, guests can enjoy a heated indoor lap pool, tennis court, gymnasium, and nearby walking tracks.

Oaks Club Queenstown

Oaks Club Queenstown accommodation

Offering apartments with 1 – 4 bedrooms, Oaks Club Queenstown is a luxurious base for your ski holiday. Soak in panoramic lake and mountain views from your spacious balcony or warm up after a day on the slopes with cozy fireplaces and underfloor heating.

Luxury Accommodation (5-star)

For ultimate comfort and indulgence, choose luxury accommodation for your ski holiday. From 5-star hotels to luxury lodges, Queenstown offers some of the most exquisite accommodation in New Zealand.

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

Situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa boasts exquisitely appointed suites and a wide range of resort facilities. Ease sore muscles with an indulgent spa treatment or simply relax by the fire while taking in the views. A range of on-site restaurants cater for all tastes for those nights you prefer to dine in.

Peppers Beacon

Peppers Beacon Queenstown

Quiet yet centrally located, Peppers Beacon offers a range of spacious apartments for discerning travellers. Take in sweeping lake views from your balcony or stroll into town after a day on the slopes to sample the après-ski scene. Perfect for families and groups of all sizes, Peppers Beacon is sure to delight.

The Rees Hotel

The Rees Hotel Queenstown

From the moment you enter The Rees Hotel, the character and charm of this property becomes evident. With a grand lodge-style reception area and tiered rooms overlooking Lake Wakatipu, The Rees Hotel offers some of the best views in Queenstown. Choose your level of indulgence, from 5-star hotel apartments through to top-tier luxury residences and penthouses. Quiet, private, and sophisticated, The Rees Hotel epitomises southern hospitality at its finest.

Hotel St Moritz

Hotel St Moritz Queenstown ski accommodation

Idyllically situated in Queenstown, Hotel St Moritz is decorated with style and elegance. Intriguing works of art, bespoke furniture, and warm colours highlight the unique charm of the region. Handsomely appointed suites offer a relaxing haven after a day on the slopes.

Stoneridge Estate

Stoneridge Estate Queenstown luxury lodge

Nestled amidst acres of sprawling gardens and vineyards 15 minutes outside of Queenstown, Stoneridge Estate offers panoramic views over the surrounding mountains. This unique luxury lodge combines sublime scenery with 5-star facilities and warm, personalised service. Fuel up for a long day on the slopes with a gourmet breakfast, included in your stay. And when you return, ease your sore muscles with a soak in the outdoor spa pool.

Frequently Asked Questions on Queenstown Accommodation

Can you stay on the mountain in Queenstown?

Coronet Peak and The Remarkables do not offer on-mountain accommodation. This is because the access roads are steep and the base areas relatively small, which means facilities are limited. Snow does not typically fall as low as Queenstown itself, so skiers must drive high into the mountains to reach skiable terrain.

However, Cardrona Alpine Resort (just 1 hour and 15 minutes from Queenstown) does offer on-mountain apartments. But most skiers still prefer to stay in either Queenstown or Wanaka when skiing at Cardrona. This is because availability is very limited, and because Cardrona offers virtually nothing to do once the lifts close each evening.

Where should I stay when skiing in Queenstown?

If you will be taking mountain coach transport rather than driving, stay as close as possible to the town centre.

If you are renting a vehicle, you have the option to stay farther out, either to escape the crowds or to enjoy more extensive resort facilities.

And finally, some accommodations sit closer to one of the two ski fields. For example, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is just a 30-minute drive from The Remarkables. Meanwhile, a few smaller boutique options sit near the foot of the Coronet Peak access road.

How far are the ski fields from Queenstown?

The Queenstown NZSki fields:

  • Queenstown to The Remarkables: 24 km / 45 minutes
  • Queenstown to Coronet Peak: 16 km / 25 minutes

The Wanaka ski fields:

  • Queenstown to Cardrona Alpine Resort: 58 km / 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Queenstown to Treble Cone: 96 km / 1 hour 45 minutes

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New Zealand Ski Packages from Australia

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Our New Zealand ski packages from Australia offer the perfect chance to experience the Southern Hemisphere’s best snow at a great bargain.

Even when you add flights, skiing in New Zealand is comparable in price to skiing in Australia. Why not take the short flight over and discover some of the world’s most spectacular mountain terrain?

Read on to learn more about:

  • Our top recommendations for New Zealand ski packages from Australia
  • Planning a New Zealand ski holiday
  • The best ways to save on your ski trip

The Best New Zealand Ski Packages from Australia

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Whether you have a long weekend or two full weeks to visit, a New Zealand ski holiday is sure to be rewarding. You can fly directly into Queenstown, the hub of most New Zealand skiing, and the nearest ski field is only 20 minutes away. Best of all, the flight only takes 3-4 hours.

No matter what you’re planning, we can design the right ski package for you. These are our most popular New Zealand ski packages:

Continue reading to learn about these top-rated New Zealand ski packages and decide which is best for you.

5 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package

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3 action-packed days at two of New Zealand’s top ski fields–perfect for families with kids of all ages.

This package includes:

  • 3 days of skiing at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak
  • 5 nights of accommodation in Queenstown
  • Toyota RAV4 AWD rental car

You also have the option to add:

  • Lessons
  • Rental equipment
  • Childcare or Kids’ Club
  • Car seats

The 5 Day Queenstown Family Ski Package is the ideal short ski getaway. Children of all ages can ski with their parents or spend time in lessons with other kids their age. In addition, the flexible Queenstown NZSki Pass allows you to explore the runs at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

If you want a short family ski getaway, this package is the ideal combination of excitement, convenience, and big savings.

5 Day Ski Queenstown & Wanaka Package

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Sample all four of New Zealand’s top ski fields and stay in the country’s most vibrant resort towns with this action-packed long weekend getaway.

This package includes:

  • 2 days of skiing at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak
  • 2 days of skiing at Cardrona and Treble Cone
  • 5 nights of accommodation in Queenstown and Wanaka
  • Toyota RAV4 AWD rental car

You also have the option to add:

  • Lessons
  • Rental equipment

The 5 Day Ski Queenstown & Wanaka Package is the great introduction to New Zealand’s most exciting ski region. Spend a day hitting the slopes at each of the country’s top ski fields, and enjoy the vibrant apres-ski scene in Queenstown and Wanaka in the evenings.

If this is your first time skiing in New Zealand and you only have five days to pack in as much as possible, this ski package ticks all the boxes.

7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

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Go from total novice to confident skier at New Zealand’s best ski resort for beginners.

This package includes:

  • 4 days of skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Ski or snowboard rentals
  • 3 days of lessons
  • 7 nights of accommodation in Wanaka and Queenstown
  • Toyota RAV4 AWD rental car

You also have the option to add:

  • Clothing rentals (jacket, pants, helmet, goggles, and gloves)

The 7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package is the perfect introduction to skiing. Cardrona is known for its wide-open beginner runs, progressive intermediate terrain, excellent lesson programs, and “chondola” lift with gondola carriages.

This package includes three days of lessons, plus a free day to practice your skills. Spend the entire first day with the instructor, and after that, choose a morning or afternoon lesson session for the next two days of skiing. With rental equipment included, this package is convenient and bundles together everything you need to start off the right way.

If you’re new to skiing, this is the best possible ski package for you. The schedule balances lessons with independent practice and skiing with rest days.

7 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package

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Maximize skiing, convenience, and savings with this all-inclusive package.

This package includes:

  • 5 days of skiing at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak
  • 5 days of mountain coach transport to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak
  • 7 nights of accommodation in Queenstown

You also have the option to add:

  • Lessons
  • Rental equipment

If you’re looking for minimal cost and hassle, the 7 Day Queenstown Ski Coach Package is for you. The town centre is less than a 10-minute drive from Queenstown Airport, and once you get settled in, you can catch the convenient mountain coach departing every 20 minutes to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

For solo travelers, couples, and small groups of friends, taking the ski coach is much less expensive than renting a car. In addition, this option is ideal for young skiers who aren’t eligible to rent a car.

Forget the hassle of renting a car, driving to a far-off ski town, and tackling snowy mountain roads. This package is as simple as it gets.

14 Day Queenstown & Wanaka Family Ski Package

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The ideal two-week school holiday getaway–combine skiing at New Zealand’s four top resorts with plenty of downtime to spend with the family.

This package includes:

  • 4 days of skiing at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak
  • 4 days of skiing at Cardrona and Treble Cone
  • 14 nights of accommodation in Queenstown and Wanaka
  • Toyota RAV4 AWD rental car

You also have the option to add:

  • Lessons
  • Rental equipment
  • Childcare or Kids’ Club
  • Car seats

The 14 Day Queenstown & Wanaka Family Ski Package offers the perfect balance for a family ski adventure. Hit the slopes at New Zealand’s four top ski fields, and on your days off, check out the family-friendly activities on offer in Queenstown and Wanaka.

If you want to make the most of the school holidays, this ski package will be a trip to remember.

Planning New Zealand Ski Packages from Australia

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As you plan your New Zealand ski holiday, you will need to arrange three components:

  • Flights
  • Everything within New Zealand (this is what our ski packages take care of)
  • Travel documentation

Flights

We recommend booking flights directly from Australia to the airport nearest your chosen ski field. For Mt Hutt, this will be Christchurch Airport. And for the Queenstown and Wanaka ski fields, this will be Queenstown Airport.

The reason we do not include flights with our ski packages is because most of our clients are able to secure better deals through booking directly with the airline. We recommend looking at flights with Air New Zealand and Jetstar.

Everything within New Zealand

All of our ski packages include lift passes, accommodation, and transportation (rental car or mountain coach). Some also include lesson and rental packages or off-slope activities.

These packages serve as a starting point when you begin planning your ski holiday. However, we recommend adding in anything else you need to make your ski holiday a success. We can bundle everything together for great discounts and unbeatable convenience.

This includes:

  • Lessons
  • Rental equipment
  • Clothing rentals
  • Childcare and Kids’ Club
  • Night skiing (Coronet Peak)
  • Child car seats
  • Infant cots at accommodation
  • Daily breakfast at accommodation
  • Additional sightseeing or adventure activities
  • Extra ski days
  • Accommodation upgrades

Travel documents

You need a passport to travel to New Zealand from Australia, but not a visa.

If you are traveling with an Australian passport, your passport needs to be valid until the date you leave New Zealand (other nationalities must hold a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you intend to leave New Zealand).

How to Save on New Zealand Ski Packages from Australia

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Skiing can be expensive. Thankfully, there are many ways to save big on your New Zealand ski holiday. These are a few of our top tips to save on New Zealand ski travel:

  • Book far in advance
  • Travel in June
  • Plan your travel dates around flight pricing
  • Ski at Mt Hutt
  • Bring your own gear if you own it

Book far in advance

Especially if you’re traveling as a family, the best and cheapest accommodation is fully booked out by January. If you book your ski holiday early, you can score great discounts or accommodation upgrades on your ski package.

Travel in June

When the ski season begins in early or mid-June (not the case in 2020), traveling in June is far cheaper than any other time during the winter season. June is still quiet, with fewer crowds, and we can often find excellent savings if you travel in this shoulder season.

Plan your travel dates around flight pricing

The biggest variable in a New Zealand ski trip from Australia is the flights. While you can score round-trip flights for $300 or less at certain times of year, these skyrocket to well over $600 over peak periods. If you’re traveling as a family, that can mean spending an extra $1200 or more on your ski holiday.

The best way to save on flights is to book early, choose your dates based on the cheapest flights you can find, and plan everything else around that.

Bring your own gear if you own it

While traveling with excess luggage can be pricey, renting ski gear for three or more days is pricier still. If you’re planning to spend a week or longer in New Zealand, it pays to bring your own gear from home. Plus, that way you’ll know everything fits right.

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Wanaka Skiing

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Located just 45 minutes drive from Queenstown Airport, Wanaka is the perfect destination to enjoy the best skiing in New Zealand.

Boasting two of New Zealand’s top ski fields, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone, Wanaka ski fields offer a true winter town atmosphere with a unique buzz about town, while still offering a nice sense of relaxation.

Read on to learn more about Wanaka skiing.

Cardrona Alpine Resort

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The new “Chondola” at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Ski Resort is New Zealand’s most popular ski area, attracting all kinds of snow enthusiasts – from beginners & families, to Olympic & X Games athletes. What sets it apart from other areas is its world class facilities. They really are carving their way to the top. Each year there is a new development to get excited about!

Cardrona has the most varied terrain than any other area in New Zealand, from beginner to expert runs. It also has olympic grade half pipes and an extensive freestyle park – great entertainment on your ride up the chairlift! It is notably the most family friendly ski area in NZ, offering fantastic childcare and kids club options. In addition, Cardrona boasts a 150m long SunKid Conveyor with a ‘Gallery’ see-through tunnel (a closed in learner conveyor), plus their new Chondola ‘chairlift – gondola’ – the first of it’s kind in New Zealand!

Treble Cone Ski Area

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Skiing at Treble Cone Ski Field

Treble Cone offers a whole different experience. This is what makes the Wanaka resort a ski destination gem to suit any skier or rider. Treble Cone, Wanaka NZ is the largest ski area in the Queenstown Southern Lakes District, accessing 550ha of rideable terrain. Covering a leg burning 700m of vertical, it is recognised for its long runs and uncrowded piste and off-piste trails. The views are unbeatable with all runs overlooking Lake Wanaka!

For beginner skiers and snowboarders, Treble Cone provides lift access to the ‘Nice n’ Easy’ surface lifts located alongside the comforts of the Base lodge and café. For intermediate skiers and snowboarders, the 4km High Street / Easy Rider leg burner is fantastic. If it is advanced terrain you are after, the Saddle Basin and Summit Slopes are a playground of open powder faces, natural half pipes and fun drops. Or for the Expert skier and snowboarder, the Motatapu Chutes are a unique way of exploring the backcountry within the boundaries of patrolled and protected area.

Skiing in Wanaka – A top New Zealand bucket list destination

Wanaka is full of activities to keep you busy off the slopes. With a thriving cafe culture, an impressive line-up of restaurants, and countless boutique shops to explore, the compact downtown is a great place to relax and soak in the views. Take a look at the Top 10 Wanaka Activities here, featuring Puzzling World, the famous Wanaka Tree and Cinema Paradiso to name a few!

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Puzzling World Wanaka

Due to the town’s central and stunning location, nestled below the Southern Alps, it is a great place to base yourself while taking a few must do scenic drives around the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago area. See the 5 Most Scenic Drives here, featuring Haast Pass, Blue Pools; Mount Aspiring National Park and Gibston Valley of Vines!

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The Kawarau Gorge, a scenic drive from Wanaka

Everybody likes to eat good food right?! Well this place really is a treat in terms of its many delicious dining options. Check out the Top Restaurants for a fantastic range of the best dining options, also a great après ski guide.

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Pizza at the popular Francesca’s Italian Restaurant in Wanaka

Wanaka Skiing in spring: the best-kept secret

With the days getting longer and temperatures warmer, we think that one of the best times to ski Wanaka is spring. The chair lifts are open longer, meaning you can hit the slopes later and spend the whole afternoon on the hill. Not only that – the slopes are generally much less crowded and the shop sales offer a touch of retail therapy!

That said, skiing in Wanaka in spring is one of the best kept secrets of the New Zealand ski season. But there is so much more to it. To give you a better idea, these are some of our favourite things to do in Wanaka in spring.

Before you head off on your New Zealand ski trip check out our handy resource. What to Pack for Travel in 2019: The Ultimate Checklist

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2023 New Zealand Ski Season Dates (updated)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

What is the best time to ski in New Zealand?

Each ski field has its own season, dictated by the snow conditions and the staffing. These are the most up-to-date 2023 New Zealand ski season dates, which may change depending on snow conditions.

2023 New Zealand Ski Season Dates

In general, the ski season runs from June to mid-October, though this may vary widely depending on the ski field.

Keep an eye on this page for updates to the ski fields that have not yet announced their dates.

South Island Ski & Snow Season 2023

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Coronet Peak Ski Field Queenstown

Queenstown Ski Season Dates 2023

The Remarkables Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 17 June 2023

Closing date: 8 October 2023

Coronet Peak Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 16 June 2023

Closing date: 24 September 2023

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Treble Cone Ski Field Wanaka

Wanaka Season Dates 2023

Cardrona Alpine Resort Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 17 June 2023

Closing date: 22 October 2023

Treble Cone Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 24 June 2023

Closing date: 24 September 2023

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Mt Hutt Ski Field New Zealand

Canterbury Season Dates 2023

Mt Hutt Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 09 June 2023

Closing date: 15 October 2023

North Island Ski & Snow Season 2023

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Mt Ruapehu Ski Areas Season Dates 2023

Happy Valley Ski Field Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 24 June 2023

Closing date: 01 October 2023

Whakapapa Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 09 July 2023

Closing date: 15 October 2023

Turoa Ski Field Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 09 July 2023

Closing date: 15 October 2023

Opening Dates for South Island Club Ski Fields 2023

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Canterbury Ski Season Dates 2023

Mt Dobson Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: Early July 2023

Mt Lyford Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 02 July 2023

Ohau Snow Fields Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: Late June 2023

Closing date: Early October 2023

Porters Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 25 June 2023

Closing date: Early October 2023

Roundhill Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 01 July 2023

Closing date: 18 September 2023

Broken River Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: Early July 2023

Closing date: Early October 2023

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: Early July 2023

Mt Cheeseman Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: Early July 2023

Mt Olympus Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: Early July 2023

Closing date: Early October 2023

Fox Peak Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: June/July 2023 (depending on snow)

Closing date: Early October 2023 (depending on snow)

Nelson Lakes Ski Season Dates 2023

Rainbow Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 09 July 2023

Closing date: 09 October 2023

Hanmer Springs Season Dates 2023

Hanmer Springs Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: Early July 2023

Arthurs Pass Season Dates 2023

Temple Basin Ski Area Ski Season Dates 2023

Opening date: 23 July 2023

Closing date: 25 September 2023 (depending on snow)


Notes

Most ski fields with set opening and closing dates have snowmaking capabilities to guarantee good snow cover even when the conditions are not perfect. However, even these cannot create snow when the weather is too warm.

Keep an eye on this page for future updates, especially as the ski season approaches! The final 2023 New Zealand ski season dates will be announced closer to each ski field’s opening.

Is there snow skiing in New Zealand?

The South Island is home to three main skiing regions; Queenstown plays host to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, Wanaka boasts Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone and Christchurch/Canterbury is home to Mt Hutt Ski Area. Expect world-class ski schools, accommodation close to the ski fields with transport from door to slope and value for money ski deals covering the essentials. In the North Island, ski on an active volcano at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s largest commercial ski field – now that’s something to write home about!

Where is best skiing in New Zealand?

Queenstown is home to two of the best ski fields in the south, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. The magnificence of The Remarkables goes without saying. Craggy peaks dot the landscape, narrow chutes and off-piste powder await, and three sunny wide open bowls aim to please the most intrepid skier. Coronet Peak attracts night owls and early risers with its Night Skiing and Fast Tracks options, which allow skiers extended snow-time. Wanaka is home to two of the best ski fields in the south, Cardrona Alpine Resort is leading the way with infrastructure offering New Zealand’s first ever gondola, Cardrona can be easily accessed from Queenstown. Cardrona is New Zealand’s “fun and friendly” family mountain, as its famous for its learner-friendly slopes and dedicated kids’ centres. Treble Cone is the South Island’s largest ski area at 550 ha. It has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), 4km-intermediate runs, more intermediate and advanced terrains than any other resort in the south, and delivers on views, with Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring both within sight.

What is the biggest ski resort in New Zealand?

Treble Cone is the South Island’s largest ski area at 550 ha. It has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), 4km-intermediate runs, more intermediate and advanced terrains than any other resort in the south, and delivers on views, with Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring both within sight. In terms of total ski slope length, Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort both offer 40km of trails, Treble Cone follows with 22 km and The Remarkables has 10km.

What month does it snow in Queenstown?

The Queenstown ski season runs from mid June to mid October, snow can fall as early as April and as late as November!

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What is a good age to start skiing?

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

The right age to start skiing depends greatly on your family. However, choosing a good age to start skiing is key to a successful ski holiday.

First, you must consider the temperament of your child. Are they timid, or do they enjoy new experiences and challenges?

Second, how much skiing does your family plan to do as your child grows up?

What’s a good age to start skiing?

Children can learn to ski as soon as they are able to walk. If you plan to continue skiing as your children grow up, it’s best to start them off early. However, if your family will only ski occasionally, the best time for your children to learn is between the ages of 4 and 6.

Read on to learn more about what age is right for your child to begin skiing.

The youngest age a child can learn to ski

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Many avid skiers agree that children can learn to ski as soon as they are able to walk.

The earlier they gain confidence in the snow, the better the foundation they have for a lifetime of skiing. Very young children can take to skiing effortlessly, whereas older children may be timid and allow the fear of falling to limit their progression.

However, not all ski fields are equipped to teach very young children.

Toddlers learning to ski will need private instruction combined with childcare, as they will tire easily.

If your family only skis once every few years, it might not be worth introducing your child to skiing at such a young age. Since they won’t remember the experience, it could be best to choose a ski field that provides the right terrain and programs for the rest of the family. Regular childcare programs will take good care of your child while the rest of the family skis.

However, if you are avid skiers and wish to foster the same love of winter sports in your children, choose the ski field that will best introduce them to skiing at a young age.

Can an 18-month-old ski?

With individual instruction, a child as young as 18 months can begin skiing. However, most ski fields in New Zealand do not offer ski lessons for 18-month-olds. Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best ski field for families with young children.

The best age for casual skiers to learn

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If your family only skis occasionally, the perfect time for your children to begin learning is between the ages of 4 and 6.

Most ski fields offer lessons for children ages 4 and up. This means you have the flexibility to choose your ski destination based on the experience the rest of your family is after.

4-year-olds are generally encouraged to join group lessons only if they are sociable and eager to learn new skills. On the other hand, most 5- and 6-year-olds will enjoy group lessons.

Group sizes are very small, ensuring plenty of personal attention from the instructor.

For younger children, lesson times are kept shorter, and often combined with snow play and indoor activities.

What if my child is older than 6?

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Most ski fields divide lessons between both age and ability. Even if your child is older than 5 or 6, they will be in good company.

Beginner lessons for older children are more active and exciting. As with younger children, the groups are kept small to ensure personal attention and engagement.

Older children can usually participate in a multi-day learn-to-ski course, which helps them progress quickly. They are accompanied by the same peers each day.

If your entire family is learning to ski together, private lessons can be a good option if you have teens. However, children generally learn faster than adults, so splitting the family into adult and child lessons will almost always be more effective. Just leave enough free time to practice your skills together after each day’s lessons!

Should a child learn to ski or snowboard first?

Snowboarding lessons are only available for older children. In general, skiing is easier to learn. We recommend children ski first to gain confidence on the snow before trying out snowboarding.

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Queenstown Scenic Drives

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Queenstown is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most spectacular sights, which means there are many rewarding Queenstown scenic drives to discover.

These are our favorite Queenstown scenic drives:

  • Arrowtown (40 minutes return)
  • Glenorchy (2 hours return)
  • Wanaka (2 hours return)
  • Mt Cook Village (6.5 hours return)
  • Milford Sound (8 hours return)

All of these scenic drives can be done in a day, though some (such as Mt Cook Village and Milford Sound) are more suited to a multi-day excursion.

While you’re resting your legs from a long day on the slopes, these Queenstown scenic drives are the perfect way to add a bit of sightseeing to your holiday. Queenstown is located at the heart of New Zealand, with easy access to most of the South Island’s top destinations.

Read on for more detail about each of the top 5 Queenstown scenic drives.

The Top 5 Queenstown Scenic Drives

1. Arrowtown, 40 minutes return

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The quaint historic mining village of Arrowtown is a wonderful heritage destination just outside of Queenstown. This is an easy day trip, or even a suitable afternoon excursion. Check out the boutique shops and historic mining cottages in the picturesque downtown.

Highlights

Buckingham Street is the heart of Arrowtown’s historic centre, with a procession of heritage buildings lining the road. You will find cafes, restaurants, boutique shops, galleries, and more in the town centre.

Gold panning is a fun activity for the whole family! There are several places in town where you can hire a gold pan. You will then be shown where gold can be found so you can get started!

The historic Chinese settlement just outside town is a great place to learn more about the way life used to be. This partially restored settlement has a number of signs to give you more background to the buildings that remain.

2. Glenorchy, 2 hours return

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Glenorchy contains some of the Queenstown region’s most spectacular scenery. Just 45 minutes up the road (plus extra if you visit any of the viewpoints past the town), this is a very accessible destination. Lord of the Rings fans are sure to recognise the white-capped mountains and deep forested valleys from the films! This is one of the most rewarding Queenstown scenic drives.

Highlights

Halfway up Lake Wakatipu, the road goes around a bend and the northern end of the lake suddenly appears. A pulloff here invites you to stop for a view. It’s unforgettable, with the turquoise lake spread before you and lofty peaks crowded around the valleys of Glenorchy.

The township of Glenorchy is very modest, though there are a number of cafes and restaurants which make excellent lunch stops.

Paradise Valley is the filming location for what Lord of the Rings fans will recognise as Isengard. Nestled at the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park, this valley is breathtaking. The best views are found from the Paradise Trust (ask for directions in town, as the turnoff is easy to miss).

The Routeburn Track is the next turnoff past Paradise Valley. This Great Walk is closed in winter, but you can still enjoy a stroll through the beech forest at the start of the trail.

Kinloch Lodge is almost directly opposite the township of Glenorchy, and provides a different perspective on the region. Sip a coffee in their rustic cafe, or enjoy a stroll along one of the tracks at the end of the road.

3. Wanaka, 2 hours return

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If you don’t have time to ski in Wanaka this time around, a day trip over the Crown Range to Queenstown’s neighbouring town might persuade you to choose Wanaka for your next visit! Wanaka is a quieter, more laid-back version of Queenstown, with all the views and buzzing ski-resort atmosphere.

Highlights

Arrowtown (see above) is along the way to Wanaka, so you could easily combine the two destinations into one day.

Once you pass by Arrowtown, the road quickly begins to climb up the Crown Range. A viewpoint at the top offers panoramic views over the Wakatipu Basin, and there are several other scenic stops along the way.

Cardrona is a tiny township along the Crown Range Road, located just at the foot of Cardrona Alpine Resort. While you’re there, visit the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment or taste the unique sprits at Cardrona Distillery. Or, if you’re still in the mood for a bit of snow, visit Snow Farm for the chance to go tubing and tobogganing on their slopes!

Wanaka is just 25 minutes past Cardrona. While you’re there, check out these other Wanaka activities, or simply soak in the atmosphere with a meal at one of the excellent restaurants.

4. Mt Cook Village, 6.5 hours return

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You might want to spend a night in Mt Cook Village after the long drive. But if you’re up for it, this scenic day trip packs a lot of New Zealand’s best scenery into a short amount of time! Along the way, you’ll be able to check New Zealand’s highest mountain and largest glacier off your list.

Highlights

As you make your way past Arrowtown, you will soon reach the Gibbston Valley of Vines. Numerous wineries line the road, and most of them offer tastings. If you want, you can even book a full-day tour of wine tastings in the Gibbston Valley!

The historic Kawarau Bridge marks the end of the wineries. It’s an interesting historic piece in its own right – but more interesting still are the bungy jumpers constantly throwing themselves off the bridge! Watch them have a go, or even try it yourself.

The Kawarau Gorge continues from there, with a turquoise river churning far below. The Goldfields Mining Centre, located within the gorge, is a great way to experience the rich history of this region. Take a look at the historic houses, learn about the challenges these miners faced, and even try your hand at panning for gold!

Lindis Pass is the next scenic highlight, with a great lookout over the golden hills nearby. You’ll want to check ahead of time to see if you need to bring your chains for the drive over.

Just before Twizel, the High Country Salmon farm is a fun place to stop and look at the fish. If you’re getting hungry, you can buy a sample as well!

Lake Pukaki is not long after that, with fantastic views across the lake towards Mt Cook. If the weather is good, you might want to continue along the main road before turning to find the best viewpoints.

Mount Cook Village is located at the end of a road that follows Lake Pukaki into the heart of the Southern Alps. Nestled at the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, the village is surrounded by fantastic alpine views. While you’re there, you could enjoy the scenic walk to Kea Point, or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre to watch planetarium shows and films on New Zealand.

Be sure to make the short drive to Tasman Valley, where you can take a short 10-minute walk up to a viewing point over Tasman Glacier. There are icebergs floating on the terminal lake, and the mountains surrounding Tasman Glacier are every bit as impressive as the glacier itself.

5. Milford Sound, 8 hours return

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This lengthy drive is not really suited for a day trip, but it’s worth mentioning because some people do take on the challenge! The best way to experience Milford Sound is with a two-night stay in Te Anau, which gives you a full day to enjoy the Milford Highway and the cruise through the fiord.

If you really want to fit it all in one day, try booking a return tour from Queenstown, which allows you to relax during the long drive.

Highlights

The Devil’s Staircase, a row of jagged mountain peaks lining the southern shores of Lake Wakatipu, are your first scenic highlight. There are several stopping points along the road where you can get a good view.

Te Anau is worth spending two nights at, since there are several local attractions that you won’t want to miss. First, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves are a great afternoon trip including a boat ride across Lake Te Anau. Second, there are a number of walks and hikes in the region that you may wish to check out – farther along the Milford Highway, Key Summit is the most famous of these. And third, one of the best ways to see the dramatic, near-vertical Fiordland scenery is with a scenic helicopter flight, which is a great activity to do if you have an extra afternoon.

Continuing on, the Milford Highway begins north of Te Anau. This is one of the most incredible scenic drives in the world, and there are highlights all along the route. Keep an eye out for the signs marking these. Some of the best stops along the way include Eglinton Valley, the Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn, and The Chasm.

Milford Sound itself is the final highlight. Take a cruise (or kayak trip!) on the fiord to experience the grandeur of the soaring rock walls and thundering waterfalls, and you might be lucky enough to spot a few seals or dolphins along the way! In rain or shine, Milford Sound is an awe-inspiring sight.

Frequently Asked Questions on Queenstown Scenic Drives

Is Glenorchy worth visiting?

Glenorchy is one of the most scenic places in New Zealand. In addition, the drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy is superb. However, you should continue past the Glenorchy township to see the best the area has to offer. Paradise Valley and Dart Valley are both stunning.

These regions were used for filming countless movies. For example, you might recognize scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. Glenorchy even formed the background for Taylor Swift’s Out of the Woods music video.

What is the road like from Wanaka to Queenstown?

You can choose from two routes between Wanaka and Queenstown: the Crown Range or the Kawarau Gorge.

If you aren’t used to driving on mountain roads, we recommend taking the longer route via the Kawarau Gorge. This 1.5-hour route is reasonably flat, though the road is narrow and winding.

The Crown Range Road climbs steeply up many switchbacks from Queenstown before descending more gently to Wanaka.

What is there to see between Te Anau and Queenstown?

Most of the drive between Te Anau and Queenstown passes through farmland. Although mountains rise all around, there aren’t many scenic stops along the way. However, the first 45 minutes from Queenstown south to Kingston follows the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This portion of the drive is very scenic–don’t miss the Devil’s Staircase viewpoint.

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How to Grab the Best Queenstown Ski Deals

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Plan an unforgettable ski holiday with a range of fantastic Queenstown ski deals. With four world-class resorts nearby, Queenstown is one of the top ski destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. Make the most of your stay with these unbeatable ski deals.

From Queenstown ski holiday packages to special discounted offers, we’ve picked the best ways to save on your New Zealand snow holiday. These deals are available at the top Queenstown resorts, which include:

  • The Remarkables
  • Coronet Peak
  • Cardrona
  • Treble Cone

Read on to learn more about the best Queenstown ski deals.

Queenstown Ski Pass Deals

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You can score a discounted lift pass if you book early or travel at the right time of the year.

Earlybird & Pre-Season Specials

Book early enough, and you can take advantage of a range of special deals available throughout the months leading up to each winter season. These deals vary between the different Queenstown ski resorts and can change from year to year. However, a few deals to look out for are:

Price Freeze Promotions

Cardrona Alpine Resort typically offers a price freeze promotion on products booked before October 31st. This promotion allows you to book ski products for next winter at this winter’s rates, and covers most ski products.

Earlybird Specials

For any bookings made far enough in advance, Earlybird specials offer a significant discount on lift passes and rental equipment. However, these deals are only available for multi-day passes for certain numbers of days, so they can be more restrictive.

Pre-Season Specials

After the Earlybird specials expire, some Queenstown ski fields offer Pre-Season specials at a slightly higher rate than Earlybird specials. As with Earlybird deals, these only apply to certain lift passes and rental equipment.

In conclusion, if you book before the start of June, you can typically buy certain ski products at discounted rates.

September Ski Deals

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For September skiing, the Queenstown ski fields offer heavily discounted spring ski passes. Many multi-day September lift passes include free days of skiing, and the discounts apply for rental equipment as well.

Unlike other ski products, it doesn’t necessarily pay to book your September ski holiday in advance. Some ski fields don’t announce their September ski deals until midway through winter, so it’s worth waiting until these are available.

Ski Pass Discounts and the Queenstown Superpass

Typically the ski pass valid at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables is called the Queenstown Superpass. Unused ski days on the Queenstown Superpass can be redeemed for off-mountain credit.

However, any of the above discounted passes are separate from the Queenstown Superpass. In other words, you CANNOT redeem your discounted ski pass for off-mountain credit at participating retailers.

Other Queenstown Ski Holiday Deals

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When you book through New Zealand Ski Packages, we find countless ways for you to save on ski travel. Our ski packages include premium rental vehicles and quality accommodation at affordable prices.

Here are a few ways we help you save on your ski holiday.

Rental Car Savings

When you book a rental car online, the extras you need for a ski holiday add up fast. For example, you will need:

  • Snow chains
  • Ski racks
  • Snow cover (an extra insurance cover often required for driving ski roads)

You may also need to pay airport fees when you collect your vehicle.

Thankfully, we bundle all of these extras into your premium 4WD vehicle hire when you book a ski package with us. You therefore end up paying much less than you would for the same vehicle booked online.

Accommodation Discounts

During the ski season–especially in July and August–accommodation operators raise their daily prices exponentially. Thankfully, we are able to secure rooms at discounted agent rates, which means you don’t have to pay a premium for peak-season travel.

Save with Queenstown Ski Packages

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Browse our range of Queenstown ski packages to get started. Once you have an idea of what you want for your ski holiday, we can help find even more ways to save. From great-value Learn to Ski packages to different levels of accommodation, we will tailor your ski package to match your budget and requirements.

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Top 10 Queenstown Activities in Winter

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

No matter the time of year, you’ll find countless Queenstown activities on offer.

Located at the heart of the Southern Lakes ski region – the most popular ski destination in New Zealand – Queenstown is just as lively in winter as it is in summer.

Queenstown has earned its title as the “adventure capital of New Zealand” for a reason. Both on-slope and off, this town’s thrills deliver. From skydiving to jet-boating, heli-skiing to rafting, you’ll never get bored in Queenstown.

There are plenty of quieter (and less expensive) Queenstown activities to choose from as well, when you need a bit of time to wind down after a long week of skiing.

These are our pick of the top 10 Queenstown activities in winter:

  • Skyline Gondola
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park
  • Ivan Clarke Gallery
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Ice Skating
  • Underwater Observatory
  • Arrowtown
  • Nightlife
  • Adrenaline Activities
  • Milford Sound

Read on to learn more about the top 10 activities on offer.

Top 10 Queenstown Activities in Winter

1. Skyline Gondola

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The classic view over Queenstown is found at the top of Bob’s Peak, where the Skyline Gondola ends. The jagged mountains and deep blue lake are stunning at any angle, but from a bird’s-eye view the Wakatipu Basin will take your breath away.

If you want to make an excursion out of it, there are a number of activities on offer at the top of the Skyline Gondola, from buffet meals and Maori cultural shows to luge rides and paragliding trips (though you’ll need to book the paragliding in advance).

2. Kiwi Birdlife Park

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This bird and reptile sanctuary is involved in the conservation of New Zealand’s most vulnerable native species – and it offers you a chance to get up-close and personal with kiwis, tuataras, and more.

Check out their daily schedule of events for more details on their scheduled shows.

3. Ivan Clarke Gallery

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Ivan Clarke was once a very talented landscape painter, but he found his fame in re-imagining city life with dogs and cats as the characters! Kids and adults alike will have fun following the adventures of his recurring characters. (The cats are the “high society,” while the dogs are relegated to the lower class.)

4.  Frisbee Golf

The Queenstown Gardens are fun to explore on their own, with a number of paths winding along the lakeshore and a gazebo in the centre, plus views in every direction. But if you have a bit more energy to burn off, you can rent frisbees and play a round of frisbee golf!

5. Ice Skating

Also situated in the Queenstown Gardens is the Queenstown Ice Arena. This covered skating rink is a fun outing  no matter the weather, with a cafe and bar to add to the experience.

If you’re lucky enough to visit Queenstown during the Winter Festival (22 – 25 June 2017), you can also skate at their special outdoor ice rink, with fairy lights in the trees all around to add to the atmosphere.

6. Underwater Observatory

Located on the waterfront at the KJet pier, Queenstown’s underwater observatory will give you a unique look at the wildlife lurking beneath the water. Keep an eye out for giant trout, eels, and diving ducks!

7. Arrowtown

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If you want to escape the bustle of downtown Queenstown, Arrowtown is a great destination only 20 minutes out of town. This historic gold rush village is home to a number of boutique shops, galleries, bars, and restaurants. Try your hand at gold panning, visit the historic Chinese Settlement, or simply stroll the picturesque streets.

8. Nightlife

Queenstown is famous for its scenery and thrills – and for its nightlife. In addition to its impressive array of restaurants, Queenstown has more bars than you can visit in a week (though there are bar crawls and pub crawls to join if you want to give it a try!).

The two ice bars are definitely worth a visit, and the streets are bustling until late at night.

9. Queenstown Adrenaline Activities

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You can’t compile a list of Queenstown activities without mentioning the extreme sports. Walk down the main street, and you’ll get a taste of what’s on offer – jet boating, skydiving, bungy jumping, rafting, paragliding, 4WD safaris, canyon swings, luging, zip lining…the list goes on. Anything you can think of, you’ll probably find find here.

10. Milford Sound

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Queenstown is a convenient base for visiting one of New Zealand’s most famous destinations: Milford Sound. If you just have a day, book a coach tour or a flight to the majestic fiord for a cruise. You could also drive, though be prepared for a very long day.

If the Milford Road closes (which happens sometimes in winter), Doubtful Sound is a less-famous but even more spectacular fiord that is accessible all year round.

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Queenstown Family Activities – (recommended)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

So you’re heading to Queenstown and you need some family activities to do in Queenstown to keep you and your clan entertained. Thankfully, Queenstown has an impressive array of delights in store for visitors of any age, all with the stunning backdrop of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu.

The top Queenstown Family Activities are:

  • Skyline Gondola and Luge
  • Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park
  • Exploring Historic Arrowtown
  • Shotover Jet

Read on to learn more about these top Queenstown Family Activities.

The Top 5 Queenstown Family Activities

1. Skyline Gondola and Luge

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The Skyline Gondola Queenstown

The Skyline Gondola is an unmissable Queenstown experience. Families with children of all ages should plan enough time to ride the Skyline Luge, a network of exciting gravity-powered cart tracks.

While you’re up at the Skyline Complex, why not enjoy lunch or dinner overlooking Queenstown? In addition, families with older children can choose a unique way to get down the mountain: ziplining or paragliding.

How do you get to the Skyline Gondola from Queenstown?

You can park at the top of Brecon Street to ride the Skyline Gondola. However, the car park is often full. It’s only a 5-minute walk from downtown Queenstown to the base of the Skyline Gondola.

2. Walter Peak High Country Farm

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The TSS Earnslaw Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm

Kids love watching the farm show and interacting with friendly farm animals at Walter Peak High Country Farm. The experience begins with a ride across Lake Wakatipu on the historic TSS Earnslaw steamship, which makes for a great day out. In addition, you can enjoy a gourmet BBQ lunch or dinner at Walter Peak High Country Farm.

Children will love getting up close with the friendly animals while parents are welcome to sit back, relax and enjoy a slower pace of life for a few hours.

3. Kiwi Birdlife Park

Located at the base of the Skyline Gondola, the Kiwi Birdlife Park is a must-see for all nature-loving families. This conservation reserve is the best place to see New Zealand’s unique native birds.

See kiwis and tuataras, watch the conservation show, and walk through native bush in this 5-hectare park.

4. Exploring Historic Arrowtown

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The historic town center of Arrowtown

Arrowtown is a quaint, charming historic mining village just 20 minutes outside of Queenstown. Families will have fun strolling through the town center and looking in local shops. In addition, you’ll find a historic Chinese settlement, several golf courses, and peaceful walking trails along the Arrow River.

History fans should try their hand at panning for gold. From the visitor centre you can rent a pan and head to the Arrow River to start fishing for your fortune. The museum here is ideal for learning about the history of gold in Queenstown.

Is Arrowtown worth visiting?

Yes, absolutely! Arrowtown is New Zealand’s most picturesque historic settlement. Moreover, it’s a great way to escape the hectic bustle of downtown Queenstown. With many great cafes, restaurants, and wineries in the town and surrounding hills, Arrowtown is a great option for a memorable meal.

What is Arrowtown famous for?

  • Gold mining history
  • Spectacular fall colors
  • Lord of the Rings filming

5. The Shotover Jet

Adventurous children love the fast-paced thrills on the Shotover Jet. Spinning and speeding its way through the picturesque Shotover Canyon, the Shotover Jet is an iconic Queenstown experience. The jet boat ride only takes 30 minutes, so it’s easy to fit in any Queenstown itinerary.

Planning Your Queenstown Family Activities Frequently Asked Questions

What can toddlers do in Queenstown?

  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise and Walter Peak High Country Farm Tour
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park
  • Skyline Gondola and Luge (young children ride the luge with an adult)
  • Shotover Jet (children must be at least 1 meter tall to ride)
  • Learn to ski
  • Explore Queenstown Gardens and visit the lakefront playground

What Queenstown Family Activities are open in winter?

Most Queenstown activities are still open in winter. However, the TSS Earnslaw Steamship undergoes maintenance in June. Therefore, the tours use a different boat and run on a reduced schedule.

Which Queenstown ski field is best for families?

Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best Queenstown ski field for families and first-time skiers. You’ll find excellent lesson offerings, extensive beginner and intermediate terrain, and childcare for all ages.

Read more about the family offerings at Cardrona Alpine Resort here.

Whatever you and your family enjoy, Queenstown can undoubtedly provide it. Great food, excellent service, and breathtaking views are not the only reason to head into this gorgeous town. So if you’re looking for adventure, entertainment, education or just plain fun, head to Queenstown!

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Top Five Outdoor Activities in Queenstown – (updated)

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

You’ll find countless exciting outdoor activities in Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand.

The top outdoor activities in Queenstown are:

  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Shotover Jet
  • Helicopter Tour
  • Lord of the Rings Tour
  • Hiking

Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is surrounded by the Southern Alps. With mountains, rivers, lakes, and glaciers surrounding the stunning town, Queenstown is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

However, with so much variety on offer, it can be hard to choose.

Read on to find out why these are our top picks for outdoor activities in Queenstown.

The Best Outdoor Activities in Queenstown

1. TSS Earnslaw Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm

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Adults and children of all ages love this iconic cruise across Lake Wakatipu aboard a historic steamship. Marvel at the panoramic views as you glide across the calm waters to Walter Peak High Country Farm, tucked in a narrow valley between mountains.

Once you arrive, enjoy a gourmet BBQ meal and a farm show. New Zealand’s rugged high country farm life is unique and captivating. In addition, children love meeting the friendly farm animals.

2. Shotover Jet

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The Shotover Jet is an unforgettable thrill ride, the most famous of the many adrenaline activities in Queenstown.

Even children and fear-averse travelers have a fantastic time on the Shotover Jet. The 30-minute jet boat ride hurtles through the stunning Shotover Canyons, with 360-degree spins and plenty of splashy fun.

In addition, since the Shotover Jet ride is short and departs frequently, it’s easy to fit in any itinerary.

3. Helicopter Tour

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The mountains around Queenstown are jagged and steep, often inaccessible except by air. Therefore, the best way to see the breathtaking wilderness around Queenstown is with a helicopter tour.

Some of the best Queenstown helicopter tours are:

  • Earnslaw Burn Flight: land below a hanging glacier with waterfalls
  • The Remarkables: fly in front of the iconic Remarkables Range
  • Milford Sound: fly over Mt Aspiring National Park and through Fiordland National Park
  • Heli Skiing: carve new lines on untouched backcountry powder

From short helicopter flights to full-day flightseeing tours, helicopter tours are among the most rewarding activities in Queenstown. You can even combine a helicopter flight with another activity. For instance, book a helicopter Lord of the Rings tour or fly to a high country farm for an exclusive gourmet meal.

4. Lord of the Rings Tour

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STopping at the viewpoint on the way to Glenorchy on a Queenstown Lord of the Rings tour

Isengard. Lothlorien. The Misty Mountains. Some of the most dramatic Lord of the Rings locations were filmed around Queenstown.

Check off the top Lord of the Rings filming locations on a Queenstown Lord of the Rings tour. With experienced guides and replica props, you’ll get a true Middle-earth experience. And this isn’t just for fans. Lord of the Rings tours are a great way to explore the gorgeous scenery of Glenorchy.

Where was Lord of the Rings filmed in Queenstown?

  • Paradise Valley, Glenorchy: Isengard and Lothlorien
  • Deer Park Heights: The Refugees of Rohan
  • Twelve Mile Delta: Ithilien Camp
  • Arrow River: Ford of Bruinen
  • Lake Alta: Dimrill Dale
  • Kawarau Gorge: The River Anduin and the Pillars of the Kings

5. Hiking

Queenstown is home to some of New Zealand’s most famous hikes. In summer, many hikers tackle the famous Great Walks nearby: the Routeburn Track, the Milford Track, and the Kepler Track. And in winter, you can still hike at lower elevations where trails aren’t covered by snow.

Some of the best hikes in Queenstown are:

  • Ben Lomond
  • Routeburn Track
  • Greenstone-Caples Track
  • Queenstown Hill Walking Track

Can you walk up to Skyline Queenstown?

Yes. A trail leads up through pine forest to the Skyline Queenstown complex at the top of Bob’s Peak. After that, the trail continues to the summit of Ben Lomond.

Planning a holiday with activities in Queenstown

What else is there to do in Queenstown?

  • Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Skydiving
  • Bungy jumping
  • Skyline Gondola and Luge
  • Wine Tours
  • Rafting
  • Canyon Swing
  • Zipline Canopy Tour
  • Canyoning
  • Paragliding
  • “Funyaking” (paddling in inflatable kayaks)
  • Kiwi Birdlife Park

Whatever you choose to do in Queenstown, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic time. Whether you come for the weather, the scenery or the thrills, you can take home a little bit of everything in this idyllic New Zealand town.

How do I spend a day in Queenstown?

  • Head to Arrowtown in the morning for coffee or brunch at one of the local cafes and stroll through the historic town center.
  • In the afternoon, make time for the activity or activities of your choice. Try the Shotover Jet, a skydive or bungy jump, or a Lord of the Rings tour.
  • In the evening, ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak for a sunset dinner at the Stratosfare Restaurant.

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How to Plan a Family Ski Holiday with Daycare

Date: November 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Planning a family ski holiday in New Zealand with daycare is often easier than planning a ski holiday once your children are ready to learn to ski.

Rather than trying to coordinate lesson schedules for each member of the family, you can simply drop your child off at the daycare centre in the morning and collect them when you finish skiing.

Which New Zealand ski fields offer childcare?

  • Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Coronet Peak Ski Field
  • Mt Hutt Ski Field

Read on to learn more about on-mountain daycare programs and how to plan a family ski holiday with daycare.

On-Mountain Childcare / Daycare for your Family Ski Holiday

Family ski holiday with daycare on-mountain at Cardrona Alpine Resort

On-mountain daycare is the most convenient and straightforward option to arrange. However, not every ski field offers programs for young children.

Of the New Zealand ski fields, only Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, and Mt Hutt offer childcare for children under the age of 4.

Treble Cone and The Remarkables, on the other hand, only cater for slightly older children who are ready to learn to ski. (Treble Cone offers short ski lessons for children ages 2 and up, while The Remarkables only allows children into their lesson programs beginning at age 4.)

What does an on-mountain daycare program usually include?

Family ski holiday with daycare on-mountain at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Not only do childcare programs at ski fields take your children off your hands to allow you a stress-free day of skiing, they also introduce your children to snow play in a safe and fun environment.

On-mountain daycare programs usually include the following:

1. Flexible drop-off and pick-up times, beginning early

Childcare at ski fields is designed to work around the rest of the family, so if you or your older children have lessons scheduled for the morning, any daycare center will be able to take your child before your lessons start.

Since daycare centers do not have a set program, you can then collect your children whenever you are ready to leave. Half-day and full-day childcare options are both available at many ski fields.

2. Lunch and snacks

Meals are usually included in full-day on-mountain childcare programs. However, if your child is very young or has special dietary requirements, you may need to provide food for the day.

3. Snow play

Family ski holiday with daycare on-mountain at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Experiencing the snow in a safe and controlled environment is part of most ski field daycare programs.

Whether the daycare center brings snow inside for children to play with, or offers a small outdoor play area, this is a great precursor to children learning to ski.

Off-Mountain Childcare Options for your Family Ski Holiday with Daycare

What if your family’s ski field of choice does not offer childcare?

One alternative is to book a babysitter for the day. Babysitting Queenstown offers numerous childcare options; in many cases, the babysitter will come to your accommodation and spend the day looking after your child there.

Some skiing families bring an Au Pair on their travels to look after non-skiing children while the rest of the family enjoys the snow.

Some even invite a grandparent along for quality time with baby while the parents are out skiing!

If you wish to plan a family ski holiday with daycare, first investigate the ski fields that offer on-mountain childcare.

If none of these appeal to your family, there are many childcare alternatives that can be arranged in town.

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Best Family Ski Resort NZ (updated)

Date: October 30th, 2021, Posted by francine

Comparing the Best NZ Family Ski Resorts of 2022

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Every ski field in New Zealand has a different set of family offerings. These are the top 5 NZ family ski resorts, starting with the most family-friendly:

  • Cardrona Alpine Resort (Wanaka)
  • Coronet Peak (Queenstown)
  • Mt Hutt (Canterbury)
  • Treble Cone (Wanaka)
  • The Remarkables (Queenstown)

When booking your New Zealand Family Ski Holiday there are many things to consider. Do you want your children looked after for the full day while you enjoy the freedom of skiing? Is childcare available on each mountain? What ages do each ski field take in their child care facilities and ski school? What exactly am I getting for my money?

You can use the information below to thoroughly research all child care options available at New Zealand’s top ski resorts.

Of course New Zealand Ski Packages have expert consultants local to Queenstown, Wanaka and Christchurch. We are ready to help you choose and also discuss the best child care options for your family, so you know you have made the best decision regarding your upcoming New Zealand family ski holiday. Enquire about a family package ski deal inclusive of childcare and lessons today.

Ski Field

Childcare Facilities
Child-Friendly Runs
 Kids’ Ski School
 Family Deals

Cardrona Alpine Resort

(Wanaka) 

 ☆☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆☆  ☆☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆

Coronet Peak

(Queenstown) 

 ☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆  ☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆

Mt Hutt

(Canterbury) 

 ☆☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆☆

Treble Cone

(Wanaka) 

 ☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆ ☆☆☆☆

The Remarkables

(Queenstown) 

 ☆ ☆☆☆  ☆☆☆ ☆☆☆

1. Cardrona Alpine Resort

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Offering New Zealand’s most extensive beginner terrain, Cardrona Alpine Resort comes out on top as New Zealand’s best family ski resort. Here’s why:

Childcare Facilities

With childcare options available for kids ages 3 months through 14 years, Cardrona has your kids covered, giving you the freedom to ski uninterrupted.

For children age 3 months to 4 years, Cardrona has a childcare centre with a number of activities on offer (including private and group lessons).

And for older kids, age 5 to 14 years, the Kids’ Snow Sports Club can be added onto full-day lessons so your kids have a fun and relaxing place to hang out between lessons.

Most of the childcare offerings include lunch, too!

Child-Friendly Runs

With 25% beginner and 25% intermediate runs, Cardrona has the perfect terrain to help your kids progress quickly – and challenge and them as they become more experienced.

The new “Chondola,” which has gondola cabins interspersed with chair lifts, is a perfect option for young children and those who are not confident enough to ride the chair lifts yet. And it opens up a whole new range of beginner terrain higher on the mountain!

Kids’ Ski School

Every age is catered for at the Cardrona kids’ ski school. From kids who have just learned to walk through teens, there are lessons to suit every age and ability.

Choose from private lessons, group lessons, or first-timer lessons.

Family Deals

Cardrona doesn’t offer any special family deals. However, children under 6 ski free, and ski lessons for under 5s include free rental equipment. Additionally, Wanaka is a cheaper base for skiing than Queenstown, and if you’re lucky, you could book one of the on-mountain apartments to save on transport costs.

2. Coronet Peak

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Conveniently located close to Queenstown, Coronet Peak is sure to be a top choice for families looking to experience the vibe of New Zealand’s most popular ski resort town. And Coronet Peak is well set-up for families, with excellent offerings for all ages.

Childcare Facilities

With a wide range of childcare offerings from age 3 months to 15 years, Coronet Peak is the perfect family ski destination.

Kids under the age of 5 have the option to choose from half-day or full-day childcare, with lessons and activities offered for ages 2-5.

And for ages 5-15, you can add lunch onto the full-day lesson package, which means your kids are taken care of all day.

Child-Friendly Runs

Coronet Peak offers gentle learner slopes and a wide variety of intermediate terrain. Skiers of all abilities will have the opportunity to test themselves and progress quickly.

Kids’ Ski School

From under-5s lessons to more advanced ski lessons, kids of all ages and abilities will find something at Coronet Peak.

Choose from a range of options, including Intro to Snow packages, group lessons, and progression packages.

Family Deals

There’s no escaping it – Queenstown is an expensive place to ski. However, kids under 6 ski free at Coronet Peak, and the ski prices for kids are reasonable.

3. Mt Hutt

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Voted New Zealand’s best ski resort two years running, Mt Hutt is a great choice for families. With all the right facilities and programs, plus great family deals, this is one of the best NZ family ski resorts.

Childcare Facilities

Owned by the same company as Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt has a childcare program set up just like the one at Coronet Peak.

Kids under the age of 5 have the option to choose from half-day or full-day childcare, with lessons and activities offered for ages 2-5.

And for ages 5-15, you can add lunch onto the full-day lesson package, which means your kids are taken care of all day.

Child-Friendly Runs

Mt Hutt features a special enclosed beginner lift and a wide, gentle beginners area, perfect for children just starting out.

Kids’ Ski School

From under-5s lessons to more advanced ski lessons, kids of all ages and abilities will find something at Coronet Peak.

Choose from a range of options, including Intro to Snow packages, group lessons, and progression packages.

Family Deals

Mt Hutt offers fantastic family prices – kids age 10 and under ski free! Plus, equipment rental is included free of charge for children age 3-5 who take all-day lessons.

4. Treble Cone

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Treble Cone has a reputation as a more advanced ski field, but don’t let that keep you away. With unbeatable views and the South Island’s most extensive terrain, Treble Cone is a great destination. Spend a few days letting your kids get comfortable on the snow at Cardrona Alpine Resort before graduating to Treble Cone – both ski fields are covered under the convenient Wanaka Flexi Pass!

Childcare Facilities

Treble Cone does not offer any childcare facilities, though they do offer full-day lessons with a supervised lunch for kids ages 4 – 17.

Child-Friendly Runs

The majority of Treble Cone’s runs are more advanced, though they do have a beginners’ slope that kids (and other novices) can ski on free of charge.

Kids’ Ski School

Treble Cone offers a wide range of lesson options for kids, and theirs are some of the most flexible among New Zealand’s top ski fields. From one-hour lessons for kids ages 2-4 to half-day and full-day lessons offered for ages 4-17, Treble Cone has something available for children of any age.

Family Deals

Treble Cone doesn’t offer any special family deals. However, children under 6 ski free, and Wanaka is a cheaper base for skiing than Queenstown. In addition, anyone may ski free of charge on the learner slope.

5. The Remarkables

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New Zealand’s most famous ski field, located just outside of Queenstown behind the iconic Remarkables Range, The Remarkables is definitely going to be on any ski enthusiast’s must-see list. However, The Remarkables does not offer childcare for kids under the age of 4, so you will need to plan carefully (Coronet Peak, which is covered under the same ski pass, does have childcare options).

Childcare Facilities

Nothing is available here for children under the age of 4; children ages 4+ can be booked into full-day lessons including a supervised lunch.

Child-Friendly Runs

The Remarkables has some of the widest, smoothest beginner runs at any NZ family ski resorts. With two extensive learner areas serviced by three conveyer lifts, The Remarkables is well-suited to beginners who are just testing the waters.

Kids’ Ski School

All lessons at The Remarkables are full-day lessons, and kids’ lessons include the Kea Club full-day program including lunch.

Intro to Snow packages are also available for first-time skiers.

Family Deals

There’s no escaping it – Queenstown is an expensive place to ski. However, kids under 6 ski free at The Remarkables, and the ski prices for kids are reasonable. Plus, you can get two for the price of one with the NZSki Pass that covers both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

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Queenstown Skiing

Date: October 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

When you dream of skiing in New Zealand, you likely dream of the Queenstown ski fields and the town’s stunning mountain and lake vistas. Queenstown skiing is like no other and Queenstown itself offers a world-class mountain ski resort vibe.

Boasting two of New Zealand’s top ski fields, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, Queenstown ski fields offer an amazing ski experience for couples, families and friends. Beginner to expert terrain and excellent ski schools for adults and children wanting to learn to ski all make Queenstown the perfect skiing destination.

Read on to learn more about the top Queenstown ski fields.

The Top Queenstown Ski Fields

Coronet Peak

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Coronet Peak boasts spectacular roller coaster terrain and is one of New Zealand’s most popular ski areas. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Queenstown, it provides skiers and snowboarders a convenient ski base. Coronet Peak is also the only ski field in New Zealand to offer night skiing, which adds to the mountain’s unique atmosphere and maximises what you can achieve on your New Zealand ski holiday!

Night Ski at Coronet Peak every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night to 31 August. Check out epic sunsets and send it down floodlit trails. Experience après ski beside a roaring fire or dance while the DJ spins tunes. Night Ski is one of  Queenstown’s bucket list activities.

Want to learn how to ski or snowboard? You’ve come to the right place. Coronet Peak has extensive beginner facilities, modern and easy to use chairlifts, progressive terrain and packages for all ages to help you make the most of your first day on the snow!

Coronet Peak also caters for families extremely well, with a range of kids club facilities and learn to ski programs to make your family ski holiday stress free. What’s more, kids five years and under ski for free!

Quick Facts

How do I get to Coronet Peak? Coronet Peak is the closest ski field to Queenstown, only 16kms away. You can drive or catch a ride on Coronet Peak’s Bus transport from downtown Queenstown or from your hotel.

When is the Ski Season? The New Zealand Ski Season runs from June to October.

What hours is the mountain open? 9am – 4pm. Night Ski at Coronet Peak from 4pm – 9pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night from late June to early September.

Do I need to book? Highly recommended, plus it saves a huge amount of time so you can ski more!

Can I get food on the mountain? You bet! Coronet Peak has restaurants, cafes and Ice Bars to keep you fuelled and hydrated for an epic day on the snow.

The Remarkables

skier at The Remarkables Ski Field Queenstown

The Remarkables offers big mountain terrain with sun-soaked chutes and untouched snow. Test out your skills in one of seven parks or take your first turns in the extensive learner’s area. The Remarkables offers terrain and facilities that suit first timers to seasoned skiers and snowboarders!

Want to learn to ski? You’ve come to the right place. The Remarkables has a huge beginner area and programs tailored for all ages and capabilities.

The Remarkables ski field makes family holidays memorable! With excellent ski school and kids club programs, The Remarkables will take great care of your little or not so little cherubs and what’s more they will learn amazing new skills! The best news is you will be able to relax and enjoy your skiing as The Remarkables has your kids covered. What’s more, kids aged five years and under ski for free at The Remarkables.

Quick Facts

How do I get to The Remarkables? The drive is 45 minutes from central Queenstown (24km). You can drive or catch the The Remarkable’s Bus transport from downtown Queenstown or from your hotel.

When is the Ski Season? The New Zealand Ski Season runs from June to October.

What hours is the mountain open? 9am – 4pm.

What Beginner Terrain does The Remarkables offer? The Remarkables offers 3 beginner conveyors.

Do I need to book? Highly recommended plus it saves a huge amount of time so you can ski more!

Can I get food on the mountain? You bet!

Skiing in Queenstown – New Zealand’s Most Popular Ski Destination 

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The TSS Earnslaw Cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm

Queenstown is full of activities to keep you busy off the slopes. With a an impressive line-up of restaurants and bars and countless boutique shops to explore, the compact downtown is a great place to relax and soak in the views. Take a look at the Top Five Outdoor Activities in Queenstown here, featuring helicopter tours, Lord of the Rings Tours and top Queenstown Lake Cruises.

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The Skyline Gondola Queenstown

Travelling to Queenstown as a family? Check out Family Activities To Do in Queenstown here, featuring the Underwater Observatory, Skyline Gondola, Zip Lining, Queenstown’s Ice Bar, the historic town of Arrowtown located just outside of Queenstown, and Walter Peak High Country Farm.

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05 Day Mt Hutt Ski Package

Date: July 1st, 2021, Posted by francine

Ski one of New Zealand’s best resorts with our Mt Hutt ski packages. Conveniently located close to Christchurch, Mt Hutt is less crowded and less expensive than most other New Zealand ski fields. Packages include lift passes, accommodation in the nearby town of Methven, and rental car for convenient and stress-free travel.

ONLY NZD$1,799 per adult All Inclusive Mt Hutt ski packages:

Day 1 Christchurch to Methven

Driving time Christchurch to Methven 96km / 1.5 hours

Arrive in the Garden City of Christchurch, collect your rental car, and head inland to the ski hub of Methven. Tranquil yet exhilarating, relaxing yet vibrant, Methven offers a perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget.  Just one hour from Christchurch on the Inland Scenic Route, this alpine-themed village buzzes in winter.

Stay 5 nights in Methven during your Mt Hutt skiing trip

Day 2 Methven

Day one of your 4-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

It’s a day of fun in the snow at Mt Hutt. Mt Hutt ski field is just a 35-minute drive from Methven Village, and is renowned for its big snowfall. Great natural snow is captured in its south-facing basin; combine that with 75 snow guns, and you are destined for some great sliding at Mt Hutt Ski field!

Day 3 Methven

Day two of your 4-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt Ski Field

Fire up those ski legs — it’s time to show off those ski skills. Take a break and sip a cup of coffee while admiring the views from the top of Mt Hutt.

Day 4 Methven

Day three of your 4-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt Ski Field

Day 5 Methven

Day four of your 4-Day Mt Hutt Ski Pass includes:

  • Full-Mountain Lift Pass at Mt Hutt Ski Field

It’s your last day at Mt Hutt Ski Field; your legs can rest tomorrow!

Day 6 Depart Christchurch

Driving time Methven to Christchurch 96km / 1.5 hours

Drive to Christchurch through the scenic chequerboard fields of the Canterbury Plains, drop off your rental car at the Christchurch Airport, and depart Christchurch at your leisure.

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