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9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour

With a 2 day Superpass and 2 day Cardrona lift pass, you have access to your choice of three different ski fields! Add in accommodation at beautiful luxury lodges throughout your stay, including a $100 resort credit and bottle of bubbles at the Azur Lodge in Queenstown, what more could you ask for in a ski holiday?

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, twin/double share)
  9 days / 8 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Luxury Lodges & hotels (Customisable? YES )
  4 full days Skiing at Queenstown and Wanaka ski resorts
  8 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

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown
Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Day 2: Choose from either the Remarkables or Coronet Peak for your first day of skiing
Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Day 3: Another day's skiing or rest today and ski tomorrow
Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Day 4: Further explore the 'Adventure Capital' or take a day trip to Fiordland
Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Day 5: Cross the Crown Range Road to Wanaka and pick up your Flexi-pass
Accommodation: Lime Tree Lodge

Day 6: Hard decision Cardrona or Treble Cone?
Accommodation: Lime Tree Lodge

Day 7: Another day of powdery fun
Accommodation: Lime Tree Lodge

Day 8: Explore Wanaka or the nearby vineyards
Accommodation: Lime Tree Lodge

Day 9: Return to Queenstown for your flight home

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9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - 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.

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: Azur Lodge

Azur Lodge is the epitome of luxury accommodation; your private villa overlooks Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains with unobstructed views from every room, including your private lounge with gas fireplace. All of this is just a short 5 minute drive to Queenstown, or take advantage of the complimentary transfers.

Day 2: Choose from either the Remarkables or Coronet Peak for your first day of skiing

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 2

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.

NZSki Queenstown Superpass: 2 Day Lift Pass

The Queenstown Superpass is the most flexible lift pass in the Southern Lakes, giving you access to ski and ride Queenstown’s closest mountains – Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Get more choice, more fun and more snow time with your Queenstown Superpass and make the most of your New Zealand holiday!
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.

Your Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Azur Lodge is the epitome of luxury accommodation; your private villa overlooks Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains with unobstructed views from every room, including your private lounge with gas fireplace. All of this is just a short 5 minute drive to Queenstown, or take advantage of the complimentary transfers.

Day 3: Another day's skiing or rest today and ski tomorrow

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 3

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. 

Your Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Azur Lodge is the epitome of luxury accommodation; your private villa overlooks Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains with unobstructed views from every room, including your private lounge with gas fireplace. All of this is just a short 5 minute drive to Queenstown, or take advantage of the complimentary transfers.

Day 4: Further explore the 'Adventure Capital' or take a day trip to Fiordland

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 4

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 - 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 - Appellation Private Millbrook Golf and Wine Tour

Combine two spectacular activities for a great day out in Queenstown - Golf and Wine. Queenstown has become a New Zealand mecca for golf with a number of premium golf courses, from the picturesque Arrowtown Golf Club, the stylish Millbrook Golf Resort, to the spectacular settings of Kelvin Heights and Jacks Point golf clubs and the exclusive The Hills. Remarkable Golf Tours and Appellation Central Wine Tours have come together to bring you an exclusive full day of golf and wine, offering a taste of this great golf destination.

Morning Golf - This morning you will be taken to Queenstown's premium Millbrook Golf Resort. You will be set up with quality Taylor Made golf clubs, golf cart, balls and green fees for 9 holes of golf. You will then be left to enjoy your golfing at your leisure. Time allowed - 2.5 hrs. If golf is not your thing, a spa treatment can be substituted for the golf.

Afternoon Boutique Wine Tour - Your afternoon is spent discovering some of Appellation Central's favourite boutique vineyards, tasting some of the region's fine wines and enjoying a gourmet platter style lunch in a vineyard. A maximum of 11 adults on this afternoon wine tour ensures a relaxed and personalised experience in wine country.

Your Accommodation: Azur Lodge

Azur Lodge is the epitome of luxury accommodation; your private villa overlooks Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains with unobstructed views from every room, including your private lounge with gas fireplace. All of this is just a short 5 minute drive to Queenstown, or take advantage of the complimentary transfers.

Day 5: Cross the Crown Range Road to Wanaka and pick up your Flexi-pass

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 5

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: Lime Tree Lodge

Set on a ten acre estate just outside Lake Wanaka, Lime Tree Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation with stunning 360-degree uninterrupted mountain views.

Day 6: Hard decision Cardrona or Treble Cone?

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 6

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.

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: Lime Tree Lodge

Set on a ten acre estate just outside Lake Wanaka, Lime Tree Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation with stunning 360-degree uninterrupted mountain views.

Day 7: Another day of powdery fun

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 7

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: Lime Tree Lodge

Set on a ten acre estate just outside Lake Wanaka, Lime Tree Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation with stunning 360-degree uninterrupted mountain views.

Day 8: Explore Wanaka or the nearby vineyards

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 8

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 - 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: Lime Tree Lodge

Set on a ten acre estate just outside Lake Wanaka, Lime Tree Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation with stunning 360-degree uninterrupted mountain views.

Day 9: Return to Queenstown for your flight home

9 day Queenstown-Wanaka Luxury Ski Tour - day 9

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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