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7 day Queenstown Family Ski Holiday

This 7 day winter holiday gives you plenty of time to get going on the snow, with lift passes, ski equipment and lessons all included, plus some great off-snow activities in Queenstown that the whole family will enjoy, including a 4WD tour through Macetown and a ride up Queenstown's Skyline gondola to try the luge!

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, based on quad share)
  7 days / 6 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Apartments (Customisable? YES )
  2 full days Skiing at Queenstown ski resorts
 Includes shuttle transfer to and from ski fields
  Ski pack: includes everything you need to have a great winter holiday - see here

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

Day 1: Welcome to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Day 2: Head to the Remarkables for an introduction to skiing or snowboarding
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Day 3: Continue the fun at the Remarkables Skifield and refine those amazing snow skills
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Day 4: Take a day to discover the amazing scenery and adventure on offer in Queenstown
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Day 5: Get out on a 4WD adventure and end the day catching views from the gondola!
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

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

Day 7: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

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7 day Queenstown Family Ski Holiday - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown

Arrive Queenstown and private transfer to hotel

Welcome to the winter playground of Queenstown.  Your private transfer will meet you at the airport and deliver you to your accommodation.

Your tour documentation pack and support

On arrival into New Zealand your holiday pack is hand delivered to you by our representatives. The pack contains all the documentation you will need for your holiday including a printed and bound detailed version of your itinerary with all the reservation details for your accommodation and activities. You'll also receive lots of relevant brochures and information on the destination you'll be visiting.

Arrive Queenstown and collect your NZSki Mypass from the Snow Centre

Welcome to Queenstown for your winter ski or snowboarding holiday.  It’s not just the skiing that makes Queenstown 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 Snow Centre located on the ground floor of the Station Building at 9 Duke St and collect your mypass 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 Snow Centre please take your Ski New Zealand itinerary with you as the Snow Centre staff will need the reference number off this.  You will need to pay a $5 refundable deposit for each mypass card and each person in your group receives their own card.  All your lift passes, rental equipment, lessons, shuttle transfers etc will be loaded onto your card.  If you’re taking the Snowline Hotel Pick-up shuttle to the mountain tomorrow you can also book this at the Snow Centre.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Blue Peaks Luxury Apartments, offer spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments just a 4 minute walk for all the excitement of central Queenstown. With a full kitchen, laundry and open plan living, the apartments are perfect for your Queenstown ski holiday.

Day 2: Head to the Remarkables for an introduction to skiing or snowboarding

Transport options from Queenstown to Ski Fields

Coronet Peak
Driving - From Queenstown it’s a 20 minute drive to Coronet Peak Ski Area.  From the centre of town it’s well sign-posted to Coronet Peak, approximately 13km out of town. The road to the ski field is a sealed alpine road, snow chains must be carried.

Shuttles – There are regular return Snowline Express buses that depart from Queenstown for Coronet Peak or you can reserve a pick up from your hotel in the morning.

Remarkables
Driving - From Queenstown it’s a 40 minute drive to the Remarkables Ski Area.  From the centre of town drive towards the airport, then continue over the Kawarau River and continue on the main road until you see the well signposted entry for the Remarkables Ski Area Access Road. The road to the ski field is a sealed 14 km alpine road, snow chains must be carried.

Shuttles – There are regular return Snowline Express buses that depart from Queenstown for the Remarkables or you can reserve a pick up from your hotel in the morning.

Cardrona
Driving – From Queenstown it’s a 50 minute drive to Cardrona Ski Area.  Follow State Highway 6 from Queenstown towards Wanaka, just after Arrowtown turn left onto the Crown Range Road and travel over the pass, after passing through Cardrona village the clearly marked entrance to Cardrona Ski Area is on your left.  The ski field access road is an unsealed alpine road, snow chains must be carried.

Shuttles –Kiwi Discovery buses have two morning departures from a range of Queenstown locations to Cardrona, buses return at 4.15pm

NZSki Snowline Hotel Pick Up and Return Pass

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Coronet Peak or The Remarkables aboard one of our dedicated buses. NZSki Snowline provides a return trip from your Hotel to the slopes every day of the season (weather and conditions permitting), giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow. No need to bother with chains or road conditions, instead you can sit back and rest up in preparation for your active day ahead and enjoy the incredible views.

One Day Starter Pack

This is a one day product designed for the absolute first timer. If you have never been on snow before this is the package for you.  Lesson meeting time is 10.20am. The combo features 2 x 1 hour 50 minute group lessons, beginner lift pass and skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots.  You'll learn to slide with confidence whilst having fun. Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you will be introduced to your equipment and the environment. You will learn the basic skills of staying upright, stopping, riding the surface lifts and perhaps start to change direction.

Coronet Peak or Remarkables Full Day Kids Kea Club

The Kea Club ski and snowboard programme is specifically designed for kids, encouraging maximum participation, safety and fun. It's an excellent way for your children to make new friends, improve their skills and have a great day on the hill. Advanced bookings are unavailable, but as spaces fill up quickly we recommend you arrive early to ensure participation.  Full Day Kea Club includes all-day lift access, 2 x 2 hour 30 minute lessons, lunch and rental equipment is also included in this package. Lesson begins at 10.00am and the pick up time at the end of the day is 4.00pm

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Blue Peaks Luxury Apartments, offer spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments just a 4 minute walk for all the excitement of central Queenstown. With a full kitchen, laundry and open plan living, the apartments are perfect for your Queenstown ski holiday.

Day 3: Continue the fun at the Remarkables Skifield and refine those amazing snow skills

NZSki Snowline Hotel Pick Up and Return Pass

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Coronet Peak or The Remarkables aboard one of our dedicated buses. NZSki Snowline provides a return trip from your Hotel to the slopes every day of the season (weather and conditions permitting), giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow. No need to bother with chains or road conditions, instead you can sit back and rest up in preparation for your active day ahead and enjoy the incredible views.

One Day Novice Pack

This is a one day product designed for the second time skier or snowboarder. If you've been skiing/riding once before or haven't been in a while, this is your ideal choice.   Lesson meeting times are 10.20am and 2pm. The combo features a 2 x 1 hour and 50 minute group lessons, beginner lift pass plus access to the novice chairs, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build confidence and gain greater control as you progress to the easy green trails.
 

Coronet Peak or Remarkables Full Day Kids Kea Club

The Kea Club ski and snowboard programme is specifically designed for kids, encouraging maximum participation, safety and fun. It's an excellent way for your children to make new friends, improve their skills and have a great day on the hill. Advanced bookings are unavailable, but as spaces fill up quickly we recommend you arrive early to ensure participation.  Full Day Kea Club includes all-day lift access, 2 x 2 hour 30 minute lessons, lunch and rental equipment is also included in this package. Lesson begins at 10.00am and the pick up time at the end of the day is 4.00pm

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Blue Peaks Luxury Apartments, offer spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments just a 4 minute walk for all the excitement of central Queenstown. With a full kitchen, laundry and open plan living, the apartments are perfect for your Queenstown ski holiday.

Day 4: Take a day to discover the amazing scenery and adventure on offer in 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Blue Peaks Luxury Apartments, offer spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments just a 4 minute walk for all the excitement of central Queenstown. With a full kitchen, laundry and open plan living, the apartments are perfect for your Queenstown ski holiday.

Day 5: Get out on a 4WD adventure and end the day catching views from the gondola!

Rugged 4WD adventure to historic Macetown

Nomad Safaris Macetown 4WD adventure is a trip back in time with some exhilarating off road driving to get there.  Along the way you’ll cross the Arrow River multiple times, travel rugged roads and discover the gold rush history of the region.  You’ll even get to try your hand at panning for your own nugget!  Spectacular scenery, fascinating history and 4WD action aplenty.

Queenstown Skyline Gondola to Bob's Peak

For a different perspective of Queenstown take the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak.  The Queenstown Skyline Gondola or cable car as it’s also known, is the steepest in the Southern Hemisphere so you very quickly reach heights that offer spectacular 220 degree views.  At the top you’ll have access to viewing platforms for great views of your favourite mountains, there’s also a café to enjoy a drink while soaking up the surrounds.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Apartments

Blue Peaks Luxury Apartments, offer spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments just a 4 minute walk for all the excitement of central Queenstown. With a full kitchen, laundry and open plan living, the apartments are perfect for your Queenstown ski holiday.

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: Blue Peaks Apartments

Blue Peaks Luxury Apartments, offer spacious 2 and 3 bedroom apartments just a 4 minute walk for all the excitement of central Queenstown. With a full kitchen, laundry and open plan living, the apartments are perfect for your Queenstown ski holiday.

Day 7: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

Transfer to Queenstown Airport for your flight home

Today you will be picked up from your accommodation in Queenstown and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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