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5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday

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, based on quad 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
  Ski pack: includes everything you need to have a great winter holiday - see here
  • Includes: 2 day lift pass for Cardona Ski field

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: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

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

Day 3: Enjoy another day on the snow or take time enjoy a Central Otago wine tour
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 4: Today is free to discover the amazing scenery and adventures Wanaka offers
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

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

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.

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 Cardrona card

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 Cardrona 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 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: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Lakeshore Spings offers exclusive luxury apartment accommodation on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Superbly appointed with lake and mountain views this is the ideal base for your Wanaka escape. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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.

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.

Cardrona ski field 2 Day Multi 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cardrona ski field 3 Day Multi 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.

Your Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Lakeshore Spings offers exclusive luxury apartment accommodation on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Superbly appointed with lake and mountain views this is the ideal base for your Wanaka escape. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Day 3: Enjoy another day on the snow or take time enjoy a Central Otago wine tour

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - day 3

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.

Your Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Lakeshore Spings offers exclusive luxury apartment accommodation on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Superbly appointed with lake and mountain views this is the ideal base for your Wanaka escape. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Day 4: Today is free to discover the amazing scenery and adventures Wanaka offers

5 day Customisable Wanaka Winter Holiday - day 4

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - The Blast Adventure Combo

Oxbow The Adventure Company is located in the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, and is proud to exist as a passionate provider of one hundred percent super-charged, pure Kiwi fun - all set in a private paradise. During The Blast combo you will take a ride in the River Jet Boat, the Ultimate Off Roader and shoot some targets at the Oxbow Gun Club.

The River Jet Boat ride is a scenic tour with a difference. With it's notoriously swift and crystal clear glacial blue waters churning effortlessly around the banks of Oxbow Estate, the mighty Clutha River is a true sight to behold. Oxbow's experienced driver will take you and your crew jet boating, whilst comfortably seated in a 400 Horse Power custom designed River Jet boat. This is a ride that's guaranteed to make you smile - but don't expect to stay dry!

The Ultimate Off-Roader is a one-of a kind, custom built all-terrain vehicle that goes everywhere. This is Oxbow's most unique adventure experience. Creek jumping, rock hopping and cliff climbing around a specially designed course of steep gullies, boulders and some ridiculous angles, is all in a day's work for this Beast. Prepare to be totally unprepared!

Become an honorary guest at the exclusive Oxbow Gun Club! You can enjoy a spot of healthy competition pelting clays against one of New Zealand's most magnificent rural backdrops, whilst enjoying the unique atmosphere of Oxbow's purpose built Gun Club. Enjoy one-on-one guidance in clay target shooting from an experienced instructor to ensure no clay gets away alive.

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: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Lakeshore Spings offers exclusive luxury apartment accommodation on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Superbly appointed with lake and mountain views this is the ideal base for your Wanaka escape. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

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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