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11 day Taste of the South Ski Tour

The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona and Mt Hutt - take the opportunity to visit all of these amazing ski fields on this 11 day ski adventure of the South Island. With plenty of leisure time to explore as you travel from Queenstown to Christchurch, you might even decide to add an extra day or two for some more cheeky skiing!

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, twin/double share)
  11 days / 10 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Christchurch
  Accommodation on this package is: Hotel 3 star (Customisable? YES )
  10 days rental car, inc. insurance, unlimited kms, snow chains and ski racks
  Ski pack: includes everything you need to have a great winter holiday - see here
  This package can be customised to suit you precisely - - just request here
  • Includes: 4 day lift pass

11 day Taste of the South Ski Tour - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 2: Choose from either the Remarkables or Coronet Peak for your first day on the slopes
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 3: Another day's skiing in Queenstown
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Today's a rest day, but if you're keen maybe try some of Queenstown's other adventures
Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Cross the Crown Range Road to Wanaka or for an alternative route travel via the Kawarau Gorge
Accommodation: Mercure Oakridge Resort

Day 6: Enjoy the Cardrona Ski Resort experience
Accommodation: Mercure Oakridge Resort

Day 7: Relax in the popular ski town of Wanaka or maybe try Treble Cone for an added challenge
Accommodation: Mercure Oakridge Resort

Day 8: Head north to Methven via Mt Cook National Park
Accommodation: Methven Motels

Day 9: Use your last day of the Queenstown Superpass for a day at Mt Hutt
Accommodation: Methven Motels

Day 10: Cross the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch
Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Day 11: Today you'll depart from Christchurch for home

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11 day Taste of the South Ski Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown

Your itinerary, lift passes, car and accommodation bookings

As well as getting everything you need to have a great trip sent to you electronically (yes we are really clever like that!), a super dooper tour pack containing everything you need will be waiting for you at your accommodation. In short - we take care of the paperwork!

Collect your Ski New Zealand rental car

Ski New Zealand rental cars are all specially equipped with ski racks and chains (for grip in the snow - not evening entertainment!). We have a superb range of cars from all the top companies and with a range of insurance options and inclusions that will suit you perfectly.

Arrive Queenstown and collect your NZSki Mypass from the Snow Centre

Welcome to Queenstown for your winter ski or snowboarding holiday.  It’s not just the skiing that makes Queenstown a fantastic winter destination, there’s also the spectacular scenery, amazing adventures and endless activities to keep you entertained when you’re not on the slopes.  After each action packed day, you’ll also find a superb variety of cafes and restaurants to relax and refuel at.

Today we recommend you visit the Snow Centre located on the ground floor of the Station Building at 9 Duke St and collect your mypass card.  This will save you heaps of time tomorrow as you’ll avoid the morning queues and can head straight to the mountain with more time to ski and ride.  When you visit the Snow Centre please take your Ski New Zealand itinerary with you as the Snow Centre staff will need the reference number off this.  You will need to pay a $5 refundable deposit for each mypass card and each person in your group receives their own card.  All your lift passes, rental equipment, lessons, shuttle transfers etc will be loaded onto your card.  If you’re taking the Snowline Hotel Pick-up shuttle to the mountain tomorrow you can also book this at the Snow Centre.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 2: Choose from either the Remarkables or Coronet Peak for your first day on the slopes

The Remarkables Ski Field

The Remarkables offers a laid-back atmosphere which is fantastic for families and those new to skiing or snowboarding. Located just 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Remarkables features a fantastic network of trails with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain runs for the experts in the family. With 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced, the Remarkables offers challenges for all levels and for those wanting to progress quickly, the friendly team of instructors can be with you every step of the way. While you're up there don't forget to check out the purpose-built snow tubing lanes before you round off with a steaming hot chocolate or drink at Remarkables cafe. With regular shuttles from Queenstown, childcare for 3 months onwards and lessons for 3yrs+ and complete gear hire on the mountain, this is a fun and easy day out for visitors to the South Island.

Queenstown Superpass 3 Day Lift Pass

With 3 days of Queenstown Superpass fun you'll be in heaven. You can decide on the day whether you're skiing The Remarkables or Coronet Peak or maybe you fancy a spot of evening skiing at Coronet Peak. If so visit the Guest Services Desk to swap one of your Superpass days for a Twilight Pass. With so much flexibility and freedom you'll have an awesome time no matter the weather. And if you find that your legs aren't going to hold up to a 3rd day skiing, no worries you can swap a Superpass day for credit towards thrilling off-mountain activities, great shopping and some of the best bars and restaurants in Queenstown.

Equipment Rental

Everything you need is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot. There is the added flexibility of returning your rental equipment to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or the Queenstown Snow Centre, irrespective of where you picked it up. If you want to get fitted out the day before you start skiing or boarding, and know that you have your gear early, pick it up at Snowbiz in Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 3: Another day's skiing in Queenstown

Coronet Peak Ski Field

Want to challenge yourself on exciting terrain in some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere?  Then Coronet Peak should be top of your list.   This theme park created by mother nature offers gripping trails and the extensive snowmaking facilities, makes for complete snow coverage on multiple trails. Coronet is also home to night skiing for a different take on these roller coaster trails try it under lights. For those just getting to know the snow the dedicated learner and novice areas make finding your snow feet easy and all gear can be hired on the mountain. With 25% beginners, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced, Coronet Peak has the trail for you.  For a break from the snow, enjoy live music at the base building, or wet your whistle with a hot chocolate or cold beverage at Heidi's Hut. The pizza and pasta meals are great for warming you up and giving you an energy boost for the afternoon. For the little ones there are supervised kids' programmes for 3 months upwards and snow sport school for kids and big kids alike. There are regular shuttles to and from Queenstown, which is only a 20 minute drive away. 

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 4: Today's a rest day, but if you're keen maybe try some of Queenstown's other adventures

Discover Queenstown this winter

Queenstown in winter is a magical destination.  Surrounded by snow-capped mountains the town takes on a festive atmosphere that is contagious.   If you’re here for the powder you’re spoiled for choice with 3 mountains within an hour’s drive, you can choose from The Remarkables, Coronet Peak or Cardrona Ski Resort.  When you’re not slip-sliding-away there is plenty of off mountain entertainment in the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand.  The iconic Jet Boat ride on the Shotover River is a must, as is luging at the Skyline Gondola.  For a bigger thrill Queenstown is the birthplace of commercial bungy jumping or take it easy with a tour of the Gibbston Valley wineries.  Queenstown also has a great range of restaurants, cafes and take-out options, ranging from the famous Fergburger takeaways (it’s worth the queuing) to Rata restaurant with Michelin starred Josh Emett at the helm.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Skyline gondola and luging to the max

For amazing views of Queenstown’s snow covered mountains, take the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak.  During your 450 metre ascent you’ll have magnificent views of your favourite mountains Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, as well as the surrounding countryside.  On arrival at the Skyline Queenstown building complex you then take a chairlift higher up the mountain to the start of the luge track.  Then there’s only one way down, but don’t worry you’re in control!

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Afternoon Boutique Wine Tasting Tour

Take a break from the slopes and explore the award winning wineries and vineyards from Gibbston Valley along the Kawarau Gorge to Bannockburn and Cromwell.  Appellation Wine Tours have a long history with the vineyards in the region and will take you to 4 wineries for tastings, carefully selecting those that best match the interests of that day’s small tour group.  You’ll also enjoy a delicious platter lunch at Carrick Winery and take in the gold mining history and magnificent scenery of the area.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 5: Cross the Crown Range Road to Wanaka or for an alternative route travel via the Kawarau Gorge

Take the short drive from Queenstown to Wanaka

Head out of Queenstown and over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Wanaka. Take it easy as this road can be a little 'interesting' in winter. There are plenty of signs advising the road conditions and there is a slightly longer but lower altitude route via Cromwell. If you do take the Crown Range route then you should time your trip to stop at the Cardrona Hotel for 'sustenance'. This 'world famous in New Zealand' landmark will have some great food and a welcoming log fire.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Oakridge Resort

Oakridge Resort is conveniently located on the way to Cardrona and offers hotel and apartment style accommodation. The whole family will enjoy the onsite swimming pool and the hot tubs are great for relaxing in after a day on the slopes. There’s an onsite restaurant or it’s just a 4 minute drive to the centre of Wanaka.

Day 6: Enjoy the Cardrona Ski Resort experience

Cardrona ski field 1 day lift pass

Cardrona ski field is located between Wanaka and Queenstown so it's handy to both alpine resorts. Set over 345 hectares with 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% advanced there are runs to suit all abilities. Cardrona offers parks and pipes of different levels for those that enjoy jumps and freestyle snow fun. If you're bringing the family, Cardrona offers the best facilities for kids with a nursery for 3 months to 3yrs, ski kindy for 3-4 yrs and kids ski school for 5yr+. There's also ski school for the big kids no matter their skill level. With onsite full ski and snowboard gear rental available you don't have to worry about packing gear and when you need to rest the legs or fuel your fire, there are 5 cafes on the mountain so you'll find whatever you're craving.

Cardrona Rental Equipment

Make life simpler and hire your rental equipment and clothing for Cardrona ski field up the mountain. Cardrona has a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Rent skis and snowboards including twin tips, Burton Learn to Ride snowboards, Performance skis and beginner skis at Cardrona. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday. Best of all your hired boots and skis can be changed at any time throughout the day if necessary.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Oakridge Resort

Oakridge Resort is conveniently located on the way to Cardrona and offers hotel and apartment style accommodation. The whole family will enjoy the onsite swimming pool and the hot tubs are great for relaxing in after a day on the slopes. There’s an onsite restaurant or it’s just a 4 minute drive to the centre of Wanaka.

Day 7: Relax in the popular ski town of Wanaka or maybe try Treble Cone for an added challenge

Explore the winter wonderland of Wanaka

Wanaka is situated in the ideal position for those who love powder days.  Set on the shores of Lake Wanaka, this alpine village boasts a warm laid back atmosphere, with a range of cafes, bars and restaurants to enjoy your après ski chill out session.  While visiting Wanaka you’ll have two of the Southern Hemisphere’s best ski fields just a short drive away.  Treble Cone which has been voted the best ski field in New Zealand for two years running and family friendly Cardrona Ski Resort, perfect for first timers.  When you’re not hitting the slopes there are plenty of other activities in Wanaka to keep you entertained, including miles of scenic walking and biking tracks, vineyards to visit and for inside activities for the kids check out the weird and wacky Puzzling World, the Transport and Toy Museum or the indoor climbing wall, great for burning off excess energy.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling world

Stuart Landsborough’s remarkable Puzzling World is home to the original Great Maze as well as numerous illusion rooms which will leave you scratching your head in wonder.  This is a great destination for those days when the weather doesn’t play ball or you need to rest the legs and still keep the kids entertained.  Great for all ages this is a must for your winter holiday in Wanaka.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Central Otago Afternoon Wine Tour

Winter in Central Otago is a magical time, with crisp days and frosty mornings.  A great way to unwind from your previous days adventures on the slopes is to join an afternoon wine tour of the boutique vineyards and wineries that the region is famous for.  Travelling in a small group you’ll explore the countryside surrounding Wanaka as you visit 4 specially chosen vineyards.  You’ll taste the delicious Pinot Noir the region is best known for as well as excellent examples of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.  Enjoy a gourmet canapé matched tasting at one of the vineyards and throughout the tour take in the magical Central scenery.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Explore the magical Mou Waho Island at the heart of Lake Wanaka

Located just a short 35 minute cruise from Wanaka is the idyllic nature reserve of Mou Waho Island.  On landing at the island your enthusiastic local guide will take you on a unique one hour walking tour, along the way you’ll discover the picturesque lake on top of the island.  Here you’ll stop for a relaxing tea and snack break while enjoying the delightful birdsong and breath-taking views.  If you’re lucky the rare flightless Buff Weka might join you for tea, these curious birds love visitors.  To top off your Wanaka experience you’ll leave part of yourself behind on this magical island, as you plant your own native tree to help with island conservation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Treble Cone Ski Field 1 Day Lift Pass

Treble Cone Ski Field was awarded ‘New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort 2013’ at the inaugural World Ski Awards held in Kitzbuhel Austria. Located just a short 35 minute drive from Wanaka township, it offers 550ha of diverse ski area for both skiing and snowboarding as well as some of the most magnificent views you will see in New Zealand.  Home to the longest ski and snowboard runs in the Queenstown and Wanaka lakes district, the longest being 4km with a 700m vertical drop - perfect for those who never want to leave the snow.  Famous for its long uncrowded groomed slopes which can be accessed from Saddle Basin and Home Basin chairlift, and for the more adventurous there is amazing off-piste terrain in the Saddle Basin and Motatapu Chutes area. The Jazz intermediate fun park is a great place to practice your tricks and for the kids there is a fun trail to play on. With 10% beginner terrain, 45% intermediate terrain and 45% advanced terrain, this is a fantastic ski field for those wanting to get the most out of their day on the snow.  When you're not out on the slopes you can enjoy the fare on offer at the Cafe and bar while sitting on their sun deck enjoying the views.  Learner ski and snow boarding packages are available, along with the onsite complete gear rental, this makes for a hassle free snow experience for visitors to New Zealand.  There are childcare facilities for 3-6yr olds and group kids lessons suitable for all abilities.  You can catch the shuttle service from Wanaka and Queenstown, or from the bottom Treble Cone carpark.

Your Accommodation: Mercure Oakridge Resort

Oakridge Resort is conveniently located on the way to Cardrona and offers hotel and apartment style accommodation. The whole family will enjoy the onsite swimming pool and the hot tubs are great for relaxing in after a day on the slopes. There’s an onsite restaurant or it’s just a 4 minute drive to the centre of Wanaka.

Day 8: Head north to Methven via Mt Cook National Park

Journey through to Mt Cook National Park from Wanaka

Leaving Wanaka you head towards the Lindis Pass, the divide between Central Otago and the MacKenzie Country.   This is one of New Zealand’s highest roads at 971 metres. Descending into the Mackenzie Basin you follow the Ahuriri River with the remarkable Clay Cliffs in the distance before arriving into the farming township of Omarama.  The Wrinkly Ram is a great place to stop for a refreshment stop.  Carrying on you pass Twizel before arriving at the spectacular Lake Pukaki, here you leave the main highway and follow the length of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook National Park.

Mt. Cook National Park to Methven via the Inland Scenic Route

Your first stop today should be the visitor centre on the southern shores of Lake Pukaki. As well as a great presentation detailing the formation of the region over thousands of years you are also often rewarded with uninterrupted views of over 50 kilometres to the peak of Mt. Cook. Lake Tekapo, the northern most of the large Southern Lakes also the reflective quality that Pukaki has making the waters a bright turquoise on certain days. This busy little township is home to some of the most photographed subjects in the country, the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue. It's a great place to take a scenic flight, enjoy a guided horse trek, a boat trip on the pristine lake or just enjoy the magnificent views.
Heading north east through the fertile regions around Fairlie and Geraldine the drive takes you along the Inland Scenic Route, a well signposted and recognised alternative to the main highways. The route travels close to the foothills of the Southern Alps before arriving into Methven. The region is renowned for its outdoor adventure and during winter as the hub for activities such as skiing at Mt. Hutt and heli-skiing in the backcountry.

Your Accommodation: Methven Motels

Methven Motels offer premium and economy self-catering accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk to the cafes and restaurants of Methven. No matter your budget this is the place to base yourself for your skiing Mt Hutt adventurer.

Day 9: Use your last day of the Queenstown Superpass for a day at Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt is the most popular ski field in the Canterbury region, and a firm favourite with Christchurch locals. We recommend you stay near the village of Methven which is just a short 40 minute drive to the ski field or take one of the regular shuttles from the village. Mt Hutt offers 365 hectares of skiable terrain for you to explore, with the longest run a lengthy 2km. With its mixture of 25% beginners, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced terrain there are a range of trails for everyone to conquer. Food and beverages are available at Huber's Hut and Ski High Cafe where you can recharge your batteries for your next run. For visitors to the South Island it's easy to hire all the gear you need on the mountain, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm. For the littlies there is a licensed child's creche for 3 months to 5yrs and a snow sports school for both kids and adults who are finding their snow legs.

Equipment Rental

Everything you need for Mt Hutt Skifield is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot.

Your Accommodation: Methven Motels

Methven Motels offer premium and economy self-catering accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk to the cafes and restaurants of Methven. No matter your budget this is the place to base yourself for your skiing Mt Hutt adventurer.

Day 10: Cross the Canterbury Plains to the city of Christchurch

Methven to Christchurch

Follow the inland scenic route across the Rakaia Gorge taking time to stop and enjoy the spectacular views of the river. The tiny villages of Windwhistle, Glenroy and Glentunnel guide you towards Darfield, a larger agricultural service centre and then onto the city of Christchurch.

Explore the evolving city of Christchurch

If you’ve got some free time in Christchurch there are plenty of ways to keep yourself and the family entertained.  Located next to the airport is the fun and interactive International Antarctic Centre, you could easily wile away a full day here watching the penguins, riding the Hagglund and experiencing life as a fearless explorer.  The Christchurch Gondola on a fine day offers fantastic views of the region stretching all the way to the Southern Alps.  For an introduction to the city centre including the impact of the Christchurch earthquakes and the subsequent rebuild, there are a number of city tours to choose from: the Christchurch Bike Tour for those wanting an active tour; the red double-decker bus city tour or for a touch of history ride the Christchurch Tram.

Your Accommodation: Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Conveniently located near Christchurch Airport, the Commodore Hotel has everything you need for your stop-over in Christchurch. A range of room types including family rooms, onsite restaurant and indoor heated swimming pool and spa, perfect for that winter dip.

Day 11: Today you'll depart from Christchurch for home

Your last day in New Zealand before heading to Christchurch airport and catching your flight home

Today you’ll head to Christchurch airport and catch your flight home.  If you’re on a late flight take the morning to explore some of Christchurch’s family friendly activities, including the gondola or right next to the airport the International Antarctic Centre is an interactive and fun experience.

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