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8 day Customisable Queenstown Winter Break

Give yourself plenty of time to explore and experience extra activities in the beautiful resort of Queenstown on this 8 day winter break. With 7 nights at the Blue Peaks Lodge and a 2 day lift pass included, the sky is the limit for the rest of your tip! Chat to one of our ski experts to include more ski days or a range of exciting activities.

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, based on quad share)
  8 days / 7 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Motels (Customisable? YES )
  7 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

8 day Customisable Queenstown Winter Break - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 2: Day 1 on the slopes and you can choose from the Remarkables or Coronet Peak
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 3: More snow fun, or maybe take a leap and jump off the Kawarau Bridge!
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 4: More snow adventures or maybe take a spin in the iconic Shotover jet boat ride
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 5: Give your legs a break and take a scenic journey to Milford Sound
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 6: Enjoy everything Queenstown has to offer
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 7: Continue on the slopes or wind down with a wine tour or dinner on Bob's Peak
Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 8: Today you depart for home after your amazing winter holiday, see you next year!

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8 day Customisable Queenstown Winter Break - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of New Zealand

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.

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 Lodge

At Blue Peaks Lodge you’ll find clean and comfortable self-catering motel accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk from the buzz of Queenstown’s dining and shopping area. Ski field transport picks up from across the road and free off street parking make it a doddle to get up the slopes.

Day 2: Day 1 on the slopes and you can choose from the Remarkables or Coronet Peak

Driving Instructions 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.

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.

The Remarkables Ski Field

The Remarkables offers a laid-back atmosphere which is fantastic for families and those new to skiing or snowboarding. Located just 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Remarkables features a fantastic network of trails with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain runs for the experts in the family. With 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced, the Remarkables offers challenges for all levels and for those wanting to progress quickly, the friendly team of instructors can be with you every step of the way. While you're up there don't forget to check out the purpose-built snow tubing lanes before you round off with a steaming hot chocolate or drink at Remarkables cafe. With regular shuttles from Queenstown, childcare for 3 months onwards and lessons for 3yrs+ and complete gear hire on the mountain, this is a fun and easy day out for visitors to the South Island.

Queenstown Superpass 2 Day Lift Pass

With 2 days of Queenstown Superpasses you've got lift access to New Zealand's premier ski areas plus the fun and excitement of a range of off mountain attractions in and around Queenstown. You can mix it up a little and ski a day at the Remarkables and a day at Coronet Peak, or maybe you've got your eye on a run that you want to conquer over 2 days. And remember if the weather doesn't play ball on one of your days you can always exchange one of your superpass days for an exciting off-mountain activity or towards a feast at your favourite Queenstown restaurant or cafe.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Queenstown Superpass 3 Day Lift Pass

With 3 days of Queenstown Superpass fun you'll be in heaven. You can decide on the day whether you're skiing The Remarkables or Coronet Peak or maybe you fancy a spot of evening skiing at Coronet Peak. If so visit the Guest Services Desk to swap one of your Superpass days for a Twilight Pass. With so much flexibility and freedom you'll have an awesome time no matter the weather. And if you find that your legs aren't going to hold up to a 3rd day skiing, no worries you can swap a Superpass day for credit towards thrilling off-mountain activities, great shopping and some of the best bars and restaurants in Queenstown.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Queenstown Superpass 4 Day Lift Pass

With 4 days of Queenstown Superpass fun you'll be in heaven. You can decide on the day whether you're skiing The Remarkables or Coronet Peak or maybe you fancy a spot of evening skiing at Coronet Peak. If so visit the Guest Services Desk to swap one of your Superpass days for a Twilight Pass. With so much flexibility and freedom you'll have an awesome time no matter the weather. And if you find that your legs aren't going to hold up to a 4th day skiing, no worries you can swap a Superpass day for credit towards thrilling off-mountain activities, great shopping and some of the best bars and restaurants in Queenstown.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Queenstown Superpass 5 Day Lift Pass

With 5 days of Queenstown Superpass fun you'll be in heaven. You can decide on the day whether you're skiing The Remarkables or Coronet Peak or maybe you fancy a spot of evening skiing at Coronet Peak. If so visit the Guest Services Desk to swap one of your Superpass days for a Twilight Pass. With so much flexibility and freedom you'll have an awesome time no matter the weather. And if you find that your legs aren't going to hold up to a 5th day of skiing, no worries you can swap a Superpass day for credit towards thrilling off-mountain activities, great shopping and some of the best bars and restaurants in Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

At Blue Peaks Lodge you’ll find clean and comfortable self-catering motel accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk from the buzz of Queenstown’s dining and shopping area. Ski field transport picks up from across the road and free off street parking make it a doddle to get up the slopes.

Day 3: More snow fun, or maybe take a leap and jump off the Kawarau Bridge!

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 - Leap from the AJ Hackett bungy jump off the Kawarau Bridge

Take a leap from the original AJ Hackett commercial bungy jump – off the historic Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown.  If you’re feeling brave why not throw in an optional mid-winter river bungy dip in the Kawarau River as well, the best way to know you’ve reached the bottom of your 43m free fall.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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 Lodge

At Blue Peaks Lodge you’ll find clean and comfortable self-catering motel accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk from the buzz of Queenstown’s dining and shopping area. Ski field transport picks up from across the road and free off street parking make it a doddle to get up the slopes.

Day 4: More snow adventures or maybe take a spin in the iconic Shotover jet boat ride

Coronet Peak Ski Field

Want to challenge yourself on exciting terrain in some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere?  Then Coronet Peak should be top of your list.   This theme park created by mother nature offers gripping trails and the extensive snowmaking facilities, makes for complete snow coverage on multiple trails. Coronet is also home to night skiing for a different take on these roller coaster trails try it under lights. For those just getting to know the snow the dedicated learner and novice areas make finding your snow feet easy and all gear can be hired on the mountain. With 25% beginners, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced, Coronet Peak has the trail for you.  For a break from the snow, enjoy live music at the base building, or wet your whistle with a hot chocolate or cold beverage at Heidi's Hut. The pizza and pasta meals are great for warming you up and giving you an energy boost for the afternoon. For the little ones there are supervised kids' programmes for 3 months upwards and snow sport school for kids and big kids alike. There are regular shuttles to and from Queenstown, which is only a 20 minute drive away. 

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

At Blue Peaks Lodge you’ll find clean and comfortable self-catering motel accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk from the buzz of Queenstown’s dining and shopping area. Ski field transport picks up from across the road and free off street parking make it a doddle to get up the slopes.

Day 5: Give your legs a break and take a scenic journey to Milford Sound

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Milford Sound Flight and Scenic Cruise with Return Flight

Departing Queenstown Airport, you enjoy a scenic flight to Milford Sound. During the flight you will experience panoramic views of spectacular alpine scenery, lush rainforest, and finally Milford Sound. Once on the ground at Milford Airport you are transferred by coach to the Real Journeys Visitor Centre to board a Real Journeys luxury vessel for a cruise the full-length of Milford Sound. The vessel provides excellent viewing and there is plenty of time available to enjoy the waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife.
Sheer cliffs starting hundreds of metres below the waters surface rise spectacularly to the sky. It is 16 kilometres from the head of the fiord to the open sea and Real Journeys cruise ships will take you there and back comfortably in around 2 hours. Dolphins and seals can often be seen, and following a large downpour the waterfalls that line the fiords are magnificent, particularly the 146 metre high Stirling Falls. The luxury vessels stop at various points and offer excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. The cruise is accompanied by comprehensive commentaries. Following the cruise you are transferred the short distance to Milford Airport by coach for your return flight.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Milford Sound day trip and nature cruise

While you’re visiting New Zealand’s South Island, why not take a break from skiing and discover one of the most beautiful road journey’s in the world and the pristine wilderness of Milford Sound.  Your Milford day trip from Queenstown includes luxury coach travel to Milford Sound.  This is the best way to travel in winter as the area is often covered in snow, so you’ll get to sit back and enjoy the snowy scenes while your experienced driver does the hard work.  Along the way you’ll stop for photos at spectacular spots and your coach drive provides informative commentary.  On arrival in Milford you’ll board your launch for a 2.5 hour nature cruise taking in endless waterfalls and forest clad peaks.  A picnic lunch is included on board, before returning to the wharf and taking the coach journey back to Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

At Blue Peaks Lodge you’ll find clean and comfortable self-catering motel accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk from the buzz of Queenstown’s dining and shopping area. Ski field transport picks up from across the road and free off street parking make it a doddle to get up the slopes.

Day 6: Enjoy everything Queenstown has to offer

Short walks in and around Queenstown

Queenstown is well known for its adventure sports and activities but it also a great network of walking tracks and trails to suit all abilities and time frames. The department of conservation office located on Shotover Street can offer local advise on conditions of walking tracks if you would like to plan ahead or visit the Department of Conservation website at www.doc.govt.nz.
Some of the more popular walks are listed below but for a more comprehensive list click here.

Queenstown Hill - around 3 hours return (4 kilometres). Gravel path and then trail. A 500 metre climb through pine forest to the summit of Te Tapu-nui (mountain of intense sacredness). The climb is well rewarded with 360 degree views of Remarkables Mountain Range, the Kawarau River, Cecil Peak, and of course Lake Wakatipu. The track starts on Belfast Terrace which is just 1 km from the city centre.

Ben Lomond - around 2 hours (4 1/2 kms return). Take the Skyline Gondola ride to the terminal and the track is signposted from here. This is quite a steep climb and not recommended for children. Also take note of weather forecasts as the summit sits at 1748 metres. The effort is rewarded with spectacular views and on clear days you can see Mt Earnslaw and Mt Aspiring.

Bobs Cove - 20 minutes of easy lakeshore walks. Bobs Cove is 14 kilometres from Queenstown along the Glenorchy Road. Take the drive along the road and Bobs Cove is signposted.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

At Blue Peaks Lodge you’ll find clean and comfortable self-catering motel accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk from the buzz of Queenstown’s dining and shopping area. Ski field transport picks up from across the road and free off street parking make it a doddle to get up the slopes.

Day 7: Continue on the slopes or wind down with a wine tour or dinner on Bob's Peak

Discover Glenorchy gateway to Paradise

Following the edge of Lake Wakatipu is a beautiful drive which takes you to the village of Glenorchy, a step back in time where you’re likely to see locals riding horseback through the town centre.  Glenorchy is also the gateway to the amazing wilderness of Mt Aspiring National Park the location for many Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movie scenes.  Great ways to experience the park are on a Dart River Wilderness Safari or take a day walk on the spectacular Routeburn Track.

Explore the Wineries and Vineyards of Gibbston Valley

The Gibbston Valley is a premier boutique wine growing region right on Queenstown’s doorstep.  Stretching from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge to Lake Hayes, the area is heavily planted in grapes, including pinot noir which Central Otago does so well.  Vineyards that shouldn’t be missed include Peregrine with its architecturally designed cellar, Chard Farm and Gibbston Valley Wines home to New Zealand’s largest wine cave as well as a gift shop, cheesery and café.  Another great option for lunch is Amisfield Winery, the Bistro is a real treat.  To explore Gibbston Valley you can self drive, but if you want to enjoy the tastings either join a guided wine tasting tour or a supported bike tour, where they’ll pick you up after the wine tasting, saving you from a wobbly ride home.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Afternoon Boutique Wine Tasting Tour

Take a break from the slopes and explore the award winning wineries and vineyards from Gibbston Valley along the Kawarau Gorge to Bannockburn and Cromwell.  Appellation Wine Tours have a long history with the vineyards in the region and will take you to 4 wineries for tastings, carefully selecting those that best match the interests of that day’s small tour group.  You’ll also enjoy a delicious platter lunch at Carrick Winery and take in the gold mining history and magnificent scenery of the area.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline's Stratosfare Restaurant

Dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar high atop Bob’s Peak overlooking the Remarkables and lights of Queenstown is not to be missed.  Be sure to arrive before sunset to watch the light play out over the snow-capped mountains.    The cuisine is inspired by fresh New Zealand ingredients and includes something for everyone, including succulent seafood and meats, fantastic vegetarian options and deserts that will be hard to resist.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

At Blue Peaks Lodge you’ll find clean and comfortable self-catering motel accommodation, just a short 5 minute walk from the buzz of Queenstown’s dining and shopping area. Ski field transport picks up from across the road and free off street parking make it a doddle to get up the slopes.

Day 8: Today you depart for home after your amazing winter holiday, see you next year!

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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