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Ski and Snowboarding New Zealand

Where can I ski and snowboard in the South Island?

There are 5 major ski fields in the South Island which accommodate skiers and snowboarders and there are also a number of small family owned and club ski fields.

The 5 main ski fields are:

  • Cardrona Ski Resort and Treble Cone, located near Wanaka;
  • The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, located near Queenstown;
  • And Mt Hutt which is located near Methven (1 hour from Christchurch).

Many of the club fields are located near Arthurs pass while Roundhill, located near Lake Tekapo, and Ohau (near Twizel) are popular small ski fields.

If you are staying longer than a few days and would like some variety, we suggest you base yourself in Queenstown or Wanaka where you can enjoy 4 ski fields plus the fantastic winter holiday activities the region has to offer.

For more information on the ski fields visit our Skiing in NZ page.

When does the New Zealand ski season start and finish?

This varies for each mountain, but is generally between mid June to late September or early October. Below are the scheduled opening and closing dates for the 2024 ski season:

  • Cardrona Ski Resort, Wanaka 15th June – 13th Oct 2024
  • Treble Cone, Wanaka 29th June – 29th Sept 2024
  • The Remarkables, Queenstown 15th June – 13th Oct 2024
  • Coronet Peak, Queenstown 14th June – 22st Sept 2024
  • Mt Hutt, Methven 14th June – 13th Oct 2024
  • Roundhill, Lake Tekapo 23 June – Sept 15th 2024
What are the ski field access roads like to drive on?

All ski field access roads are alpine roads so you must carry snow chains and know how to fit them.

Cardrona Ski Resort, Treble Cone Ski field and Roundhill ski field have gravel access roads. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski fields are sealed roads. All can be safely driven in your rental car as long as you have the appropriate insurance cover and follow instructions for when to fit chains, etc.

Read or listen to snow reports for current road conditions.

How do I get to the ski field if I don’t want to drive?

All the ski fields have regular shuttle transfers that run between the town and the mountain. There is also the option to get picked up from your accommodation and dropped off at your accommodation at the end of the day. Of course, this varies between accommodation, ski field and can be a minefield of information.  If you get in touch with our team we can take away all the frustration of planning and get you to the ski field in the most efficient way.

If you are not looking for a self-drive package we will include such arrangements in your booking, this means a one-off payment, one set of T&Cs, 24/7 support. There really is no reason to deal with anyone else.

Can I hire ski equipment when I arrive?

Yes, many shops in Wanaka, Queenstown, and Methven rent the latest ski and snowboard equipment. These shops offer a relaxed atmosphere for trying on gear to ensure you get the correct fit.

You can also hire equipment directly from the ski fields, which can make your first day on the mountain a little busy. Whatever you decide, we can organise everything for you in advance; all you need to do is turn up and confirm the sizing.

What clothing should I wear to ski or snowboard in?

We recommend you wear a jacket and pants specific for snowboarding or skiing. These can be hired from rental stores in town or from the ski fields, which we can arrange.

Temperatures can vary with mountain weather conditions and you will be exercising in your gear. So it is a good idea to layer your clothing to allow yourself some flexibility. Wear warm layers that you can remove or add on depending on the weather, preferably thermal polypropylene or merino, under your ski jacket and pants, this will help you regulate your temperature - warm but not sweaty!

Helmets are now standard snow sports wear. If you are new to snowboarding or skiing, we highly recommend you hire a helmet which will offer protection from accidents and keep your head toasty warm. Alternatively, make sure you bring a warm beanie (hat).

Socks and gloves are two of the most important items of clothing when skiing or boarding -- crucial to your enjoyment of your day on the mountain. But they can’t be hired. Bring ski or snowboard specific long socks and waterproof gloves or mittens or purchase some when you arrive. Normal socks and gloves will not be adequate protection in cold snowy conditions.

Lastly, eye protection, in the form of sunglasses or goggles, and sunscreen for your face are very important. The sun reflecting off the snow is much stronger than normal and can damage your eyes if you are not wearing appropriate eye wear.

Can I leave my skis on the mountain overnight?

This isn't possible with your own gear but may be possible if you hire from the ski area you are skiing. If you are skiing there the following day then you may have the option to leave your hired equipment in a storage locker overnight.

We recommend taking your boots home and ensuring they are dry and warm for your next day of mountain adventure.

If this is something that interests you then please get in touch with the team and they can make the relevant calls, saving you time to enjoy.

Can I buy lunch and snacks when I am up the mountain skiing or snowboarding?

Yes. All the ski fields have cafes and snack bars where you can buy lunch, coffee, snacks and drinks.

We recommend you carry some treats in your pocket for on the ski lift, especially if you are skiing with young children.  A water bottle or thermos of hot chocolate or tea is a great idea for the journey home too.

Some mountains have great facilities for dinner too. So if your travel times allow it you could have a meal as you come off your skis then all you need to do is shower and enjoy your evening when you get home.

TOP TIP: If it's a sunny day secure a deck chair early for the post-ski beverage, it'll be your most relaxing drink yet!

Is there accommodation on the mountain?

Cardrona Ski Resort is the only Southern Lakes ski field with on-mountain accommodation.

Get in early if you would like to stay at Cardrona overnight. During school holidays when the ski season is at its busiest on-mountain accommodation sells out well in advance of the ski season.

You can bring supplies for in-house dining but Cardrona has marvellous on-mountain restaurant facilities and when the skies are clear some of New Zealand's best star gazing.

What options are there for children at the ski fields?

The major ski fields offer kids ski clubs, which are a great option for children. These include lessons, lunch and heaps of fun activities to keep them engaged while learning to ski or snowboard.

For the younger ones, who aren’t ready for the slopes, there are also licensed early childcare centres at Cardrona, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt. Opening hours can fluctuate throughout the season with demand so getting in touch with us early to make sure this is available can be crucial to planning your holiday.

When is the best time to visit the South Island for a ski or snowboarding holiday?

Seasons vary from year to year so it’s impossible to predict the best weather and snow conditions. As a general rule, you are more likely to get good conditions in the middle of the season rather than at either end.

On the odd occasion, ski fields may delay their opening day.

New Zealand and Australian school holidays are the busiest times of the year at the ski fields. If possible, we suggest avoiding these dates. And if you need to travel during the school holidays, the best plan is to book early to ensure you get your first choice of accommodation at the best price available.

Of course, no one can predict the weather, but this is where travel insurance can be invaluable, covering you for days missed on the mountain. If you are based in the Queenstown/Wanaka region for your stay we can also help you purchase a super pass. These passes allow you to not only choose from multiple mountains in the area but also enable you to transfer funds to other activities if the weather does not permit skiing that day or you don't fancy it - great flexibility!

Can the ski packages on your website be customised?

Yes. Winter ski holiday packages featured on this site are just a sample of available packages.

We can customise promoted packages, or create a custom winter holiday, to suit your needs with your choice of accommodation, activities, ski lift passes, rental equipment, lessons, etc. Your winter holiday itinerary possibilities are almost endless.

Our goal is to provide you with the most seamless ski holiday. No hidden costs when you're here, easy transfers, and 24/7 support should the unlikely happen.

Just contact us with your specific requirements.

 

I have never skied or snowboarded before. What should I do and where should I go?

Beginner skiers and snowboarders are well catered for at New Zealand ski fields and there is a range of packages that will take you from beginner to skier in no time.

We can design a winter holiday that includes lessons on a ski field best suited for beginners and shuttle transfers if you prefer not to drive. We will also organise equipment and clothing rental if required and provide you with detailed information on collecting your passes and getting to and from the ski fields.

New Zealand has so much more to offer in the winter, not just great skiing so if you are a beginner we can help you organise a winter holiday inclusive of sometime up the mountain.

What is our Best Price Guarantee?

We're prepared to put our money where our mouth is. If you get a price elsewhere for the same itinerary, we promise to beat it. It's that simple.

Just send us the alternative price quote or tell us where we can find it, and we'll do you one better. By booking with us, you're guaranteed the best price, service, and ski experience available.

Here at Ski New Zealand, we believe personal support, insider knowledge, and excellent on- and off-mountain experiences are the most important parts of any ski or winter holiday. And that's precisely what we focus on!

We know, however, that value is essential to our customers — so as well as offering local expertise and on-the-ground support over our range of comprehensive all-inclusive ski packages, we are confident our pricing also gives outstanding value. Although you may come across many other options that appear to provide what you require, we strive to go above and beyond to ensure that you have not only everything you need but also everything that you may not even have considered.

 

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Need more help planning?

Our team of New Zealand specialists can help you with your questions. We can create a ski holiday to suit your ability, accommodation requirements, either by self-drive or coach. Whatever you want we can arrange it. Get in touch with us today.

Key things to consider when you are doing your research:

  • How long would you like to travel for?
  • Do you like to spend every day on the mountain or would you like to have access to alternative activities?
  • Will you be driving?
  • Do you need to hire clothes or equipment?
  • What accommodation style do you like to stay in?

Why Ski New Zealand?

Simple - Because every visitor to New Zealand deserves the very best experience.

At Ski New Zealand we know that simply selling you one of our Ski Packages isn't enough to ensure a great experience.

That’s why we take the time to prepare our suggestions to include the things we know our guests want and will enjoy. Almost 90% of the SKI NZ packages we create and book are tailor-made for our guests. We take the time to consult with you, learn about your group’s abilities, the kind of place you enjoy staying in, how you want to travel up and down the mountain and of course how you want to feel about your Ski Holiday. By this we mean some people want to be completely exhausted and exhilarated at the end of each day, some want to take it easy, enjoy a few runs and then a coffee or a wine. Everyone is different.
Our team of New Zealand specialists are based in Wanaka which if you didn’t already know is probably the best location to be in if you enjoy winter snow sports. Nearly everyone here enjoys skiing or snowboarding, some to extreme levels and others enjoy a more relaxed and family approach to the slopes. This means we have people who with real-life, real-time experience located right in the heart of New Zealand’s ski area. The advice they give comes with true local knowledge.

So if you want to explore Coronet Peak or the Remarkables in Queenstown, Cardrona, Snow farm or Treble Cone in Wanaka, Roundhill & Mt. Dobson in Tekapo or Mt. Hutt near Christchurch then talk to the team at Ski New Zealand before you book your next winter holiday.

Planning your visit to New Zealand
Follow these steps to get the best out of your visit to NZ

Having your visit to New Zealand planned and managed by a dedicated and expert New Zealand based company ensures you see the best the country has to offer. Our up-to-date knowledge, independent advice and a comprehensive selection of accommodation options, vehicle types and activities means your tour is created to suit your interests, tastes and resources. A custom designed tour doesn't cost any more than an off the shelf itinerary and it means you get exactly what you want.

Questions to consider when planning your visit to New Zealand:

Taking the time to consider a few key questions will help with your decisions and planning. It will ensure your visit to New Zealand is everything you expect it to be. The main factors to consider when planning your visit to New Zealand will vary according to your personal circumstances. But we deal with some of the most common questions here.

When is the best time to visit to New Zealand?

The easy and short answer: anytime. Although we have distinct seasons there is no reason not to visit anytime.

The long answer:

There are a few factors that you might want to consider when deciding which season suits you. These are:

  • The weather or season you might prefer
  • Availability of specific activities in specific season 
  • Driving conditions during specific seasons
  • Cost and availability of flights to New Zealand
  • Cost of accommodations and activities etc in specific seasons

The weather and our seasons:

New Zealand does experience the four distinctive seasons. Officially these are:

  • Summer: December, January and February
  • Autumn: March, April and May
  • Winter: June, July and August
  • Spring: September, October and November

What sort of temperatures and conditions does each season produce?

  • Summer: Expect an average high of 25 C (76 F) in the north to around 22 C (72 F) in the south. Average lows (evening time) are 13 C (55 F) in the north to 12 C (54 F) in the south.
  • Autumn: Expect an average high of 20 C (68 F) in the north to around 17 C (63 F) in the south. Average lows (evening time) are 11 C (52 F) in the north to 7 C (45 F) in the south.
  • Winter: Expect an average high of 15 C (59 F) in the north to around 10 C (50 F) in the south.
    Average lows (evening time) are 6 C (43 F) in the north to 2 C (35 F) in the south.
  • Spring: Expect an average high of 18 C (65 F) in the north to around 16 C (61 F) in the south.
    Average lows (evening time) are 9 C (48 F) in the north to 7 C (45 F) in the south.

See here for a seasonal high/low chart.

Rainfall

Generally speaking rainfall days are consistent throughout the year at between 7 and 11 days per month but regions such as the West Coast and Fiordland do get drier during the winter months.

Snow

The North Island only gets snow on the high central plateau around Tongariro National Park (the Whakapapa and Turoa Ski fields) and on a few other high peaks such as Mt Egmont/Taranaki. In the South Island almost everywhere can experience snow and as the Southern Alps and other high mountain ranges stretch from top to bottom then during winter snow isn't far away from anywhere. Stewart Island also gets snow in winter but not often. Canterbury, Otago and Southland generally get the most snow and this is why most of the ski resorts are based here. 

Driving conditions:

New Zealand roads are very well maintained and well signposted. The local services are crews are also very used to the wintry conditions that some regions can experience and respond quickly to keep roads clear and safe. During winter months some of the high road passes such as Arthur's Pass, Lindis Pass and Lewis Pass (effectively the roads that join the East Coast of the South Island to the West Coast) might be closed following a heavy snowfall however road crews generally open these within a few hours of the storm passing.

Train services such as the Tranz Alpine are rarely affected. Roads can become quite slippery around the colder regions and areas or sections that are particularly prone to this are well signposted.

Rental car companies do prohibit driving their vehicles on certain roads during certain hours (usually 11pm-6am) and seasons. The Milford Road can be quite a hazardous section in the winter months so if you are not familiar with winter driving our advice would be to take one of the coach trips into Milford instead. The drivers have special training and the specially equipped vehicles ensure a relaxed and informative day trip.

Our tip - always drive to the conditions.

Availability of specific activities during seasons.

Almost every activity is available all year round in some form or another. The exception might be access to some of the multi day walking tracks such as the Milford Track and Routeburn Tracks. These close from mid April to late October for guided walks. Other popular trips to cease during the winter months are the Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound overnight cruises. Day cruises are still available however. Skiing is generally available from early to mid June until late September (conditions dependent of course).
Some other businesses do close during winter months as the demand doesn't warrant being open. These might include cafes and restaurants in some of the destinations less visited during winter such as the West Coast of the South Island, Te Anau, Bay of Islands etc. Ski resort areas such as Queenstown and Wanaka however continue to fully operate right through the winter.

Our tip - if there are specific activities or interests you might have check with us to ensure availability and suitability for the season you intend to visit.

Cost and availability of flights to New Zealand.

New Zealand is well serviced by many international airlines including Air New Zealand, Qantas, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Thai Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Air Pacific, Lan Chile, Japan Airlines, Malaysian Airlines plus many others under code share agreements. Such a variety of airlines and routes offers you the chance to stop over in other interesting locations too.

The largest international airport is Auckland with Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown also receiving some direct international traffic. Almost every city and region in New Zealand has a domestic airport and so connecting to one of these ports is quite straightforward and inexpensive. All air traffic arriving directly from or via North American ports such as Los Angeles, San Francisco or Vancouver will arrive into Auckland with a connection to the South Island if required. Most airlines or travel agents should be able to add the domestic sector you need onto the international ticket. If not we can help with the domestic travel.

Flights to NZ generally fluctuate in price depending on the season. Our summer (Dec- Feb) is peak visitor time and so costs are a little higher. Christmas and New Year periods can increase demand considerably and as this demand increases then so does cost. Flights into the South Island ports of Christchurch and Queenstown can also increase during winter as demand for the Southern Hemispheres best skiing increases.

Airlines are now seeing more competition on certain routes and so shopping around for the best deal should produce some good savings. Airlines generally also offer special low fares for booking in advance. So if you can start to shop around as soon as you can then there can be some great savings. Flight bookings are usually available around 11 months in advance.

Be prepared to be a little flexible on dates - moving a few days either way or travelling on a specific day of the week might also produce some savings. Securing your dates and airfares would usually be the first step in making your plans to visit New Zealand - remember that the land or tour arrangements such as one of our self drive tour packages can be adapted to suit any date or length of stay.

Our tip - shop around, maybe use an airfare agent or expert to help you, be flexible with the route, airline and dates, book early.

Airport taxes

All taxes for New Zealand airports should now be included in your air ticket cost.

Visas

Lots of visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to visit as a tourist. To check if you need a visa check out this website New Zealand Immigration.
Depending on the route you fly you may need a visa to transit or stopover on other countries. It pays to check this out with the airfare expert or the airline you are travelling with.

Our tip - check regarding visas if you are in any doubt.

Does it cost more to travel round New Zealand in certain seasons?

As with any destination visiting in the high season or peak visitor season when demand is high means that hotels, motels, car rental companies and activity suppliers can charge a little more for their services. Low season rates are generally discounted to encourage or entice more customers during that period. The difference isn't  that much - for example a 4 star hotel might cost around NZ$20 a night more in peak season.  Costs such as eating out, fuel, drinks etc don't vary from season to season.

Availability: One thing to consider is choice - some destinations such as the West Coast Glacier towns, Te Anau, Queenstown, Wanaka, Bay of Islands etc do get booked out during busy seasons. Making a booking as early as possible means you get the best choice of accommodations, room types and in turn, value and quality.

Our tip - book early to get the best choices.

What do things cost such as fuel and dining out?

New Zealand has a great range of cafes, restaurants and other dining options. Like anywhere else in the world restaurant prices can vary immensely depending on the style and location of the restaurant. Budget between NZ$25 and NZ$35 per main course for most establishments. A pub meal might cost a little less. There is an abundance of take-away available from Indian to Vietnamese to good old fish and chips. A take-away meal for 2 might cost around NZ$20.
Breakfast at a local café will cost between NZ$15 and NZ$25 depending on the style and location (bigger cities tend to cost a little more). Taking a tour which is inclusive of breakfast can sometimes be a good value option.

Fuel costs: This of course will depend on how far you drive and for how long you tour around New Zealand. The following common tour lengths and routes will give you an idea of what to expect

  • 10 day South Island tour in mid size car - expect to spend around NZ$385 on fuel
  • 14 day tour of both islands in mid size car - expect to spend around NZ$530 on fuel
  • 23 day tour of both islands in mid size car - expect to spend around NZ$870 on fuel

Our itineraries will give you an expectation of fuel costs based on the car you choose and the route.

How long do I visit for and where do I go?

New Zealand is much larger than many first time visitors realise. It's a little larger than the UK, and around the same size as California or Germany. On top of this is the fact that the country is split into 2 main islands and only has around 100km or so of motorway road sections (or at least roads that could be compared with multi-lane highways in other countries). It has very few train services with the most frequented being the very popular Tranz Alpine and Coastal Pacific journeys on the South Island. So for most visitors getting around is by road, coach, flying or a combination of the three.

This shouldn't put you off, instead it should be anticipated eagerly. The roads are well maintained, well signposted, spectacularly scenic with a surprise around every bend. They have much less traffic than most visitors might be used to.

But ... getting around takes a little longer than you might be used to. Realistically 80kph (or 50mph) might be your average speed over the course of your holiday. Add stops for photos, interesting turn offs and coffee stops to this time and you can see that planning a tour to fit your location and activity wish list without over doing the driving is important. This of course is where our expert advice comes in but you should also be aware of and consider how much time in the car you would be happy with.To comfortably visit both the North and South Islands by road you will need at least 14 days. It can be done in a little less with a couple of longer drives or if you decide to skip some sections and take the train (Picton to Christchurch) or fly e.g Rotorua to Christchurch.

As a general guideline and using our experience of what visitors actually do the following is a good starting point.

  • 3-5 days will allow you to do a short circular trip from Auckland, Wellington Christchurch or Queenstown (the most popular starting/finishing points).
  • 5-10 days will mean you can take a tour with more time to explore and more 2 nights stops on one island.
  • 10-14 days will allow you to visit both the North and South Island starting on one and finishing on the other. Getting back to your start/departure point is simple and cost effective to fly.
  • 14-21 days allows for a more extensive trip with a good amount of 2 night stops and also allows time to include locations such as Milford Sound and Kaikoura or the Coromandel and Bay of Islands which might not be possible on shorter time frames.
  • Anything over 21 days means you can start to tailor an itinerary to suit your interests rather than letting the time frame dictate what is possible.
    For lots of great suggestions just take a look at our comprehensive tour list to see what's possible. Each of our tour suggestion shows the driving distance and time for each major leg so you can easily gauge the pace.

Our tip - although the driving is great and the scenery spectacular don't try and fit too much in. Each region and destination has lots to see, explore and experience.

Where should I stay?

New Zealand has a wide range of accommodation styles to suit every taste, budgets and requirements from simple motels to luxurious lodges, from apartments to 4 star hotels and even the occasional hobbit house!

We carefully select the properties we use and recommend to ensure they meet our quality standards and we monitor these standards by actively visiting properties and following up on the feedback we receive from guests.

Location is an important factor when choosing somewhere to stay. A great example of this is Auckland or Wellington properties. Many of our competitors' itineraries and tours use motels or hotels in the suburbs such as Epsom in Auckland or Lower Hutt in Wellington. While strictly speaking they are in the cities they pertain to be in, the locations are far from convenient (Epsom is 10km from Auckland City centre and Lower Hutt is 16 km from Wellington City centre. Staying in these locations might save a small amount of money but this is quickly swallowed up by the extra driving and inconvenience of travelling and parking in the city - after all its the city you want to experience, not the suburbs. Our suggestions, itineraries and tours use properties which are in great locations.

Value for money should also be a key consideration. The relative price of a property shouldn't be confused with the quality. For example a 4 star city centre hotel in a large city might cost the same as a 3 star hotel in a smaller town or even a good motel. The city will have lots of competition to contend with, good occupancy rates and so those elements dictate the price to some extent. A small town with just the one hotel can charge a little more.

The below explanations of accommodation styles will give you an indication of what to expect. Remember we can mix and match any style of accommodations to an itinerary or tour for example a tour staying in motels with a couple of nights enjoying a more luxurious lodge is quite a popular way to experience some variety.

Motels

The motels we recommend in New Zealand are of a very high standard. Services and facilities on offer in some cases are comparable with hotels. Costs can also be comparable particularly in the small popular locations such as Kaikoura and the West Coast Glaciers where accommodation options and types are limited. One of the most useful features of motel accommodations are the self-contained facilities. At minimum a studio unit will have cooking utensils, a hot plate and or microwave, toaster, kettle and crockery and cutlery. Other room types will have more comprehensive facilities such as a full kitchen. This is great if you prefer to prepare your own meals. Other facilities can include saunas, spas and swimming pools and some also offer a full breakfast service.
Motels also have a good choice of room types such as2 bedroom or family units making them a very economical choice for a family or larger group. Our motels are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine interest in their region and are keen to share it with you.

3 Star Hotel

The star rating for hotels only generally applies to the facilities and services a hotel may have at your disposal and not necessarily the quality or value of those services. This is where our local knowledge makes your selection easier. Throughout New Zealand there are some great 3 star hotels that offer great service in great locations. Even within the same hotel some room types and hotel wings vary enormously and so our tours only use and recommend the type that we know to be the best to suit your requirements. All our 3 star hotels have restaurant facilities and we can include meals in our tour costs if you prefer. Note however that smaller destinations such as Coromandel, Kaikoura, Akaroa etc hotels don't usually feature as an accommodation option.

4 Star Hotel

Our 4 star hotel range is immense and each one is selected and recommended for its location and room types. Many of the hotels in this category have a range of room styles such as standard/deluxe/superior, lake view, mountain view, suites etc. Many also have 2 and 3 bedroom suites which can offer great value for a larger family or group travelling together. 4 star hotels generally have swimming pools, gyms, a choice of restaurants and in most cases are a little closer to town centres or occupy premium positions over a 3 star property.

Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast properties in New Zealand are often quoted by our guests as some of the best they have experienced. A far cry from simply taking a room in some ones house the owners and operators have made a dedicated effort to share their little piece of New Zealand with you while providing modern hospitality and comfort. All the properties we recommend have en-suite bathrooms and very comfortable and private bedrooms. Occupying enviable positions or situated in a great suburb close to the action these properties are often owned and hosted by enthusiastic kiwi ambassadors and will definitely be a highlight of your New Zealand experience.

Premium Bed & Breakfast

Premium Bed & Breakfast offer every hospitality that our famous B&B's do but with that extra level of luxury. Properties are sometimes purpose built or historic and unique homes converted to accommodate their guests in premium quality surroundings.

Luxury Lodges and Hotels

New Zealand is world famous for its luxury and exclusive lodges and hotels. Ranging from some of the finest city centre cosmopolitan properties to purpose built lodges occupying prime locations in fantastic positions. Luxury Lodges in New Zealand afford guests every comfort and service. Often inclusive of dinner their in house chefs prepare some of the finest cuisine in the country and you dine amongst some of the finest settings. Lodges also provide services such as local fishing and hunting guides, walking guides, helicopter tours, in house massage and treatment facilities plus much more. Our luxury and 5 star hotels are globally recognised as some of the best.

Our tip - look for overall value and location. remember a saving of NZ$20 a night can soon be swallowed up in parking and extra fuel charges.

What car should I drive?

We use a variety of rental vehicles for our tours from small economy cars to large 4WD and 8 seat people movers. The following factors and information will help you decide what's best for you.

Size:

The first factor to determine the style of car to drive is how many people are travelling. Another factor is luggage and the space you might need for this. A good example is that a large saloon will comfortably seat 4 adults but won't fit 4 large suitcases plus small bags into the boot.

Fuel efficiency:

The smaller the car the more fuel efficient this will be is the general rule. Some of the larger 4WD vehicles and people movers have diesel engines and these can be quite efficient. Diesel is also significantly cheaper than petrol in New Zealand. While a specific engine type can't be guaranteed we can place a request or preference for this on your behalf.
   
Manual or automatic:

There isn't a lot of choice here as the majority of rental car fleets are automatic (as are most cars in NZ). Some categories such as compact or intermediate do offer a manual gearbox if you prefer a manual gearbox this may also mean an increase in car rental cost.

Insurance:

All our rental cars come with insurance cover. There is a maximum excess or deductible which you are liable for and this ranges between NZ$345 and NZ$450 depending on the rental car company and the type of vehicle. This will be clearly stated on your itinerary and quote from us.
Insurance cover does have a few exclusions such as damage to tyres and windscreens and these details are also specified. In order to rent a vehicle a bond to cover the excess or deductible is requested by the rental company on delivery or collection of the vehicle. This is usually in the form of a credit card authorisation.

Who can drive: There are some restrictions on who can drive the rental vehicle such as age of driver and the type of licence you may hold. Check with us if you have any questions on this.