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6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday

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Live it up in luxury on this 6 day ski holiday! Stay in a 3 bedroom, luxury lakefront apartment in Wanaka, and explore the local ski field of Cardrona with your included 3 day ski pass. On your days off the mountain, head out for a hike around the lake, or maybe take a trip to one of the local breweries for a cheeky pint!

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, twin/double share)
  6 days / 5 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Luxury apartments (Customisable? YES )
  3 full days Skiing at a Wanaka ski resort
  5 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

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown, collect your car and take the short drive to Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 2: With your dual-mountain pass you can choose to visit Treble Cone or Cardrona
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 3: Take to the slopes for another powder day
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 4: More skiing or maybe a rest day
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 5: Explore Wanaka or have a final hurrah on the slopes
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 6: Return to Queenstown and depart for home

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6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown, collect your car and take the short drive to Wanaka

6 day Wanaka Ski 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.

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 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: 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.

Day 2: With your dual-mountain pass you can choose to visit Treble Cone or Cardrona

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - day 2

Cardrona & Treble Cone ski field 3 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: 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.

Day 3: Take to the slopes for another powder day

6 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: 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.

Day 4: More skiing or maybe a rest day

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - day 4

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.

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.

Day 5: Explore Wanaka or have a final hurrah on the slopes

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - day 5

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.

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.

Day 6: Return to Queenstown and depart for home

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - day 6

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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