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5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday

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Spend 4 nights in Wanaka on this customisable ski package and tell us what you want to do. We will work with you to build your perfect winter getaway, with as much winter action as you want plus the option to include a huge range of extra activities or add-ons.

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, double/twin share)
  5 days / 4 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Luxury apartments (Customisable? YES )
  2 full days Skiing at a Wanaka ski resort
  4 days rental car, inc. insurance, unlimited kms, snow chains and ski racks
  Travel App: includes everything you need to have a great winter holiday - see here

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown then its a short drive to Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Day 2: Explore the runs at either Cardrona Ski Resort or Treble Cone
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Day 3: Today's big decision - which ski field to visit?
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Day 4: Your free day to discover the amazing scenery, wine and adventures Wanaka offers
Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Day 5: Return to Queenstown for your flight home

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5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown then its a short drive to Wanaka

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - day 1

Itinerary information by APP & in country support

Access to our exclusive New Zealand Touring APP. The APP includes your full itinerary and reservation details, all available online and offline as well as lots of other great information such as restaurant guides, weather forecasts and local activity suggestions. Instant itinerary updates and changes are available and it's easy to keep in touch with us. The App is free and easy to download on your mobile using Android or IOS.
You also have access to our free call number and after-hours service if you require support while on tour.

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.

Leaving Queenstown take the short drive to Wanaka

Today you’ll take the short drive to Wanaka.  Choose from either the Crown Range Road which may need snow chains fitted depending on conditions, or the slightly longer route via the Kawarau Gorge and past Cromwell.

Arrive into Wanaka and collect your lift pass

Welcome to Wanaka for your winter ski or snowboarding holiday.  It’s not just the skiing that makes Wanaka 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 Cardrona Alpine Resort Wanaka Office located at the corner of Helwick and Dunmore Streets and collect your lift pass.  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 Cardrona Wanaka Office please take your Ski New Zealand itinerary with you as the staff will need the reference number off this.  Each person in your group receives their own card and must collect their own card as your photo will be taken at the time of issue.  All your lift passes, rental equipment, lessons etc will be loaded onto your card.

Your Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Located in the heart of picturesque Wanaka, and a stones throw from the lake edge, these spacious apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities and private balconies with lake and mountain views.

Day 2: Explore the runs at either Cardrona Ski Resort or Treble Cone

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - day 2

Cardrona ski field

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 has 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 your 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 & Treble Cone ski field 2 Day Lift Pass

The dual-mountain pass is the most flexible way to ski or snowboard in Wanaka. With this you have the freedom to explore 850 hectares of NZ's best skiing and snowboarding terrain at Cardrona and Treble Cone.

Your Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Located in the heart of picturesque Wanaka, and a stones throw from the lake edge, these spacious apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities and private balconies with lake and mountain views.

Day 3: Today's big decision - which ski field to visit?

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - day 3

Treble Cone Ski Field

Treble Cone Ski Field was awarded New Zealand's Best Ski Resort for 2013 and 2014 at the World Ski Awards, so make the trip to Wanaka to check out why. Just a 35 minute drive from Wanaka, Treble Cone offers 550ha of exciting ski area for both skiing and snowboarding as well as spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. TC as it's known by the locals has the longest ski and snowboard runs in the Queenstown Lakes area, the longest being 4km with a 700m vertical drop - ski to your heart's content. With 10% beginner terrain, 45% intermediate terrain and 45% advanced terrain Treble Cone is a fantastic ski field for those wanting to challenge themselves and make the most of their gnarly skills. When you're not out on the slopes you can enjoy the fare on offer at the cafe and bar while sitting on the sun deck enjoying the views. Learner ski and snowboarding packages are available, along with the onsite 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 kid's lessons suitable for all abilities. You can catch the shuttle service from Wanaka and Queenstown, or from the bottom Treble Cone carpark.

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.

Your Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Located in the heart of picturesque Wanaka, and a stones throw from the lake edge, these spacious apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities and private balconies with lake and mountain views.

Day 4: Your free day to discover the amazing scenery, wine and adventures Wanaka offers

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - day 4

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 - 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 - Backcountry Saddle Expeditions with Cardrona Horse Trekking

Come and experience the thrill of horse trekking on beautiful Appaloosas in the stunning Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka. Your 2 hour trek takes you through this historic gold mining valley and high country farm plateaus with the towering mountains as your backdrop. Back in the late 1800s the area was home to thousands of gold miners and even now the ruins of their accommodation and mine workings abound. As Backcountry Saddles is a family operation children are well catered for. Debbie your guide will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. The western saddles used offer comfort and security, especially for children or beginner riders. It is a saddle designed to be sat in for long periods of time. The horn on the front of the saddle (although built for an entirely different purpose) is great to either balance on or hold when the terrain gets challenging or you are moving into a faster pace. Backcountry Saddles supplies helmets and if required, wet weather gear.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Heli Ski - Classic 4 Run Day ex Wanaka

The mountains surrounding the world-renowned resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka feature thrilling backcountry terrain and dramatic scenery. Enjoy an unforgettable day with 4 runs of heli-ski or heli-board bliss. Runs vary between 1500 to 2500 vertical feet of treeless skiing in sheltered basins, bowls and wide rolling mountain flanks with the opportunity to sample some of more advanced terrain.

Your Accommodation: Lakeside Apartments Wanaka

Located in the heart of picturesque Wanaka, and a stones throw from the lake edge, these spacious apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities and private balconies with lake and mountain views.

Day 5: Return to Queenstown for your flight home

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - day 5

Travel from Wanaka to Queenstown

From Wanaka there are two routes you can take to get to Queenstown.  Either head over the Crown Range Road, New Zealand’s highest sealed road (make sure you’re carrying snow chains and check the road conditions) or take the longer route via Cromwell and the Kawarau Gorge.

Take one last spin around Queenstown before returning your car to the airport.

If time allows sneak in a few more Queenstown sights or maybe take an early morning ride on the Skyline gondola before returning your rental car to the airport and catching your flight home.

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