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5 day Wanaka Ski Holiday

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5 days in Wanaka this winter could be just what you've been looking for! With 2 days skiing at Cardona, spend your days tearing up the snow, with plenty of time to relax and explore this beautiful winter wonderland. Head out for a hike, or perhaps add on a few extra local attractions.

  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: Motels (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 Wanaka Ski Holiday - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

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

Day 2: Explore Cardrona Ski Resort today
Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

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

Day 4: Today is free, so check out some of Wanaka's other attractions
Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Day 5: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

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5 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - Detailed Itinerary  

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

5 day Wanaka Ski 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.

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.

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: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

Day 2: Explore Cardrona Ski Resort today

5 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - day 2

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.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

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

5 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - day 3

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.

Your Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

Day 4: Today is free, so check out some of Wanaka's other attractions

5 day Wanaka Ski 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 - 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 - 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 - 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: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

Day 5: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

5 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - day 5

Wanaka to Queenstown

Leaving Wanaka you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Queenstown.

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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