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Luxury Winter Escapes - Lakeshore Springs Wanaka 5 days

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Visit the stunning alpine resort of Wanaka this winter for an incredible luxury ski holiday! Stay in a beautiful alpine apartment and enjoy 3 days of skiing or snowboarding at Cardrona ski field.

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, double/twin share)
  5 days / 4 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Luxury Lodges & hotels (Customisable? YES )
  3 full days Skiing at a Wanaka ski resort
  4 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
  • Includes: 3 day lift pass for Cardona Ski field
  • Includes: 3 days jacket and pants ski gear hire
  • Includes: 3 days ski/snowboard and boots hire
  • Includes: Go Jets Wanaka Jet Boat Ride

Luxury Winter Escapes - Lakeshore Springs Wanaka 5 days - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown and drive to Wanaka
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 2: Explore the runs at either Cardrona or Treble Cone - you choose!
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 3: Take a day off the snow to enjoy some of the activities Wanaka has to offer
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 4: A final day on the snow before you head home tomorrow
Accommodation: Lakeshore Springs Apartments

Day 5: Return home with wonderful winter memories

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Luxury Winter Escapes - Lakeshore Springs Wanaka 5 days - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown and drive 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. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Day 2: Explore the runs at either Cardrona or Treble Cone - you choose!

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.

Cardrona ski field 3 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 Rental Equipment

Make life simpler and hire your rental equipment and clothing for Cardrona ski field up the mountain. Cardrona has a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Rent skis and snowboards including twin tips, Burton Learn to Ride snowboards, Performance skis and beginner skis at Cardrona. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday. Best of all your hired boots and skis can be changed at any time throughout the day if necessary.

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. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Day 3: Take a day off the snow to enjoy some of the activities Wanaka has to offer

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Wanaka Wine Tours Classic Wine Tour

The Classic Full Day Wine Tour is a small group tour (maximum 8) that explores the scenery, history, food and wines of Central Otago.  Enjoy an unhurried amble through six of the region's finest wineries, pausing only to admire the ever-present views. Savour the unique atmosphere of the arts, crafts and history of Old Cromwell Town and share the unforgettable indulgence of a gourmet platter lunch.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cardrona Distillery Tour

Family-owned and managed, the Cardrona Distillery is nestled amongst the mountains of the stunning Southern Alps between Queenstown and Wanaka. Run by Desiree and Ash Whitaker along with Desiree's parents, Alvin and Judy Reid, the beautifully designed buildings house the very best in copper stills. A must-visit destination for the discerning spirits aficionado, join the team on a tour of the distillery and barrelhouse, and take the opportunity to sample some of the hand-crafted spirits.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Vintage Tiger Moth Scenic Flight with Classic Flights

Step back in time where to when pilots were larger than life, and heroes to all those who lifted their eyes skyward to the sound of an old tiger moth flying overhead. Take a scenic flight around Wanaka in a Vintage Aircraft and experience the excitement of the early flyers and their flying machines; the smell of oil and aviation fuel, combined with the aroma of fresh leather. As you don the old-style leather flying helmet, complete with flying goggles and silk scarf, experience the anticipation of being taken back in time to the nostalgia of this by-gone era. The exhilaration of the open cockpit and the wind in your face – discover the freedom and romance of a vintage scenic flight from Wanaka, one of the most spectacular scenic locations in New Zealand.
This 20 minute scenic flight takes you over the township of Wanaka, including Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and surrounding areas. This flight takes in some of the most stunning scenery in the South Island with the backdrop of Mt Aspiring National Park and the Southern Alps.

Go Jets Wanaka

Let Go Jets take you on an exhilarating ride down the mighty Clutha River. Spectacular scenery, fast flowing waters, passing old gold mining sites. You will pass under the historic 'Red Bridge', camera stops and numerous 360 degree spins will be carried out during your trip. You will be taken through the long section called the 'snake' before reaching a rare switchback feature called the 'Devil's Nook'.

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. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Day 4: A final day on the snow before you head home tomorrow

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.

Cardrona Rental Equipment

Make life simpler and hire your rental equipment and clothing for Cardrona ski field up the mountain. Cardrona has a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Rent skis and snowboards including twin tips, Burton Learn to Ride snowboards, Performance skis and beginner skis at Cardrona. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday. Best of all your hired boots and skis can be changed at any time throughout the day if necessary.

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. Check in and out is at The Moorings Motel reception, 17 Lakeside Drive.

Day 5: Return home with wonderful winter memories

Wanaka to Queenstown Airport

Leaving Wanaka you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Queenstown. This drive should be planned as a whole day to really enjoy the scenery and to allow time to explore the walks, and many stops en route.

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