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New Zealand Ski Packages from Australia

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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