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7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday

Start your holiday off with 2 days at Cardrona Alpine Resort, with everything a learner needs included in your package. Then it's back to explore Queenstown for luging, jet boating and loads more family fun!

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, double/twin share)
  7 days / 6 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Hotel 4 star (Customisable? YES )
  6 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

7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Welcome to the South Island. Collect your car and head off to Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 2: Head to Cardrona Ski Resort for an introduction to skiing or snowboarding
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 3: Continue the fun at Cardrona and refine those impressive snow skills you've learnt
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 4: Travel back to Queenstown and explore the scenery and adventures on offer
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Enjoy two of Queenstown's icons - Shotover Jet and Skyline gondola and luge
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: With a final day in Queenstown hit the slopes or explore more of Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

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7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to the South Island. Collect your car and head off to Wanaka

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 your Flexi-Pass or 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 Flexi-Pass or 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.

Day 2: Head to Cardrona Ski Resort for an introduction to skiing or snowboarding

Cardrona First Timer Package

Cardrona is perfect for first timer skiers and boarders with easy learner lift and wide open beginner trails with beautiful views. Package includes rental of ski or snowboard equipment, learner's area ski lift pass, two group lessons with a professional instructor.  Your 2 hour morning lesson teaches the basics, including how to master sliding, stopping and turning safely and effectively on gentle slopes.  The 2 hour afternoon lesson is to further develop your skills and to support you as you explore more terrain.

Cardrona Kids Club First Timer all Inclusive Package

Cardrona's kids ski and snowboard lessons are the best way to ensure your children safely learn to enjoy the thrills and challenges of skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. Accompanied by a Cardrona specialist instructor, your child will be part of a supportive group environment aimed at developing their confidence and ability on the slopes as well learning hazard awareness and safe skiing etiquette. The Kids Club First Timers group will spend the day on the learners slopes and enjoy two fun group lessons totalling 4 hours to help get them on their way.

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: Continue the fun at Cardrona and refine those impressive snow skills you've learnt

Cardrona Single Lesson, Lift Pass and Rental Package

If you have skied or snowboarded for more than one day and can 'stop and change direction', then this package is for you. You'll have access to the entire mountain with an all mountain lift pass, the benefit of a 2 hour group lesson and rental equipment. This package is coordinated to build a solid foundation so that you can make progress quickly. And rest assured you'll quickly remember the movements even if you only ever skied once, many years ago.

Cardrona Kids Club Ski and Snowboard School Full Day

Cardrona's ski and snowboard lessons are the best way to ensure your children safely learn to enjoy the thrills and challenges of skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. Accompanied by a Cardrona specialist instructor, your child will be part of a supportive group environment aimed at developing their confidence and ability on the slopes as well learning hazard awareness and safe skiing etiquette. The kids groups explore all over the mountain, as well as hitting the specially built terrain areas. Cardrona has a range of ski and snowboard lesson programmes designed to cater to all abilities, ensuring a fun day out for all.  Each day your kids will take part in two group lessons totalling 4 hours and lunch and snacks are provided.

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: Travel back to Queenstown and explore the scenery and adventures on offer

Wanaka to Queenstown

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

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.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Day 5: Enjoy two of Queenstown's icons - Shotover Jet and Skyline gondola and luge

Jet Boating on the Shotover

Take the ride of your life this winter through the spectacular canyons of the upper Shotover River.  Your Shotover Jet Boat driver takes you careering past rock faces, boulders and jutting crags with an ease that belies the power of the ‘Big Red’ jet boat.  Just when you think you can’t scream any more the boat suddenly stops with a 360 degree spin amidst a spray of water.  To keep warm during this winter adventure wear your ski jacket and gloves and keep your hands firmly on the heated hand rail.

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!

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Day 6: With a final day in Queenstown hit the slopes or explore more of Queenstown

More free time in the Adventure Capital of Queenstown

If the weather plays ball and you’re legs are up to it take to the slopes again, maybe even venture over to Treble Cone for the day.  Just a 90 minute drive from Queenstown, this ski field has been voted New Zealand’s best ski resort for 2 years running.  If you need a rest day you can always slip in a spot of retail therapy at Queenstown’s many shops or take the short drive to Arrowtown.  This historic village is perfect for strolling and as an added bonus is home to a fantastic range of shops, cafes and restaurants.  A winter holiday in Queenstown doesn’t need to be all about the snow there are many other ways to spend your day, including golf at Millbrook Resort, a day trip to Glenorchy to explore Mt Aspiring National Park on the Dart River Wilderness Safari, or maybe take a scenic flight over snow covered Fiordland National Park to the spectacular Milford Sound.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Day 7: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

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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