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Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days

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A truly luxurious stay in one of Queenstown's finest properties including daily breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, canapes as well as dinner, along with 4 days at the ski fields, full gear hire and some time to experiences some of the iconic activities in this magical winter destination - this is an ultimate winter luxury holiday.

  This Ski New Zealand package starts at (per person, twin/double share)
  8 days / 7 nights arriving Queenstown, departing Queenstown
  Accommodation on this package is: Luxury Lodges & hotels (Customisable? YES )
  4 full days Skiing at Queenstown ski resorts
  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

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - at a glance (See detailed itinerary)  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 2: Explore the runs at either Coronet Peak or The Remarkables - you choose!
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 3: Spend another day on the powder enjoying this winter wonderland
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 4: An ultimate day with a scenic helicopter flight and picnic
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 5: Head out for another great day on the slopes
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 6: Take a day off to enjoy some of the wineries of this stunning region
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 7: Return to your favourite ski field for your final day of skiing
Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 8: Return home with wonderful winter memories

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Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - 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: Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown the lodge provides an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes.

Day 2: Explore the runs at either Coronet Peak or The Remarkables - you choose!

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - day 2

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.

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. 

NZSki Queenstown Superpass: 4 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 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.

NZSki: Equipment and Clothing Rental

Everything you need is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot. There is the added flexibility of returning your rental equipment to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or the Queenstown Snow Centre, irrespective of where you picked it up. If you want to get fitted out the day before you start skiing or boarding, and know that you have your gear early, pick it up at Snowbiz in Queenstown.
Please note: you can not hire out gloves, goggles or sunglasses for hygiene reasons. Please bring your own or these items can be purchased from the retail outlets on each ski area, or in town.

Your Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown the lodge provides an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes.

Day 3: Spend another day on the powder enjoying this winter wonderland

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - day 3

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: Equipment and Clothing Rental

Everything you need is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot. There is the added flexibility of returning your rental equipment to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or the Queenstown Snow Centre, irrespective of where you picked it up. If you want to get fitted out the day before you start skiing or boarding, and know that you have your gear early, pick it up at Snowbiz in Queenstown.
Please note: you can not hire out gloves, goggles or sunglasses for hygiene reasons. Please bring your own or these items can be purchased from the retail outlets on each ski area, or in town.

Your Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown the lodge provides an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes.

Day 4: An ultimate day with a scenic helicopter flight and picnic

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - day 4

Ultimate Paradise Picnic Scenic Helicopter Flight with Heliworks

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Queenstown, as you are flown to a beautiful location on Cecil Peak for a gourmet picnic accompanied by wine or bubbles. The perfect opportunity to indulge!

Your Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown the lodge provides an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes.

Day 5: Head out for another great day on the slopes

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - day 5

Today you can choose to visit the Remarkables or Coronet Peak

Today choose whether you want to ski or snowboard at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables.  You can also exchange one day of your superpass for a Coronet Peak Twilight Pass, if this sounds like you visit the Guest Services Desk to swap them over. Remember if the weather doesn't play ball or you need an unexpected rest day you can swap a Superpass day for credit towards off-mountain activities, shopping and many of the great cafes, bars and restaurants in Queenstown.  For a full list of all businesses where you can exchange a superpass day contact us.

NZSki: Equipment and Clothing Rental

Everything you need is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot. There is the added flexibility of returning your rental equipment to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or the Queenstown Snow Centre, irrespective of where you picked it up. If you want to get fitted out the day before you start skiing or boarding, and know that you have your gear early, pick it up at Snowbiz in Queenstown.
Please note: you can not hire out gloves, goggles or sunglasses for hygiene reasons. Please bring your own or these items can be purchased from the retail outlets on each ski area, or in town.

Your Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown the lodge provides an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes.

Day 6: Take a day off to enjoy some of the wineries of this stunning region

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - day 6

Private Central Otago Winery Tour with Appellation

Enjoy a personalised afternoon tour of the boutique wineries of Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn and Cromwell. You’ll visit 4 wineries for tastings, selected to suit your interests as well as a delicious platter lunch at Carrick Winery. Along the way you’ll travel the scenic Kawarau Gorge, visit Old Cromwell Town and learn of the gold mining history in the region.

Your Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown the lodge provides an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes.

Day 7: Return to your favourite ski field for your final day of skiing

Luxury Winter Escapes - Matakauri Lodge Queenstown 8 days - day 7

Today you can choose to visit the Remarkables or Coronet Peak

Another day where you can choose whether you want to ski or snowboard at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. Remember that you can also exchange one day of your superpass for a Coronet Peak Twilight Pass, if this sounds like you visit the Guest Services Desk to swap them over. If the weather doesn't play ball or you need an unexpected rest day you can swap a Superpass day for credit towards off-mountain activities, shopping and many of the great cafes, bars and restaurants in Queenstown. For a full list of all businesses where you can exchange a superpass day contact us .

NZSki: Equipment and Clothing Rental

Everything you need is available directly on the mountain, no need to carry it all up. You'll find the latest gear, from clothing to equipment, and the on-site technicians keep it in top condition. Use the revolutionary Head BYS ski fitting system designed to reduce the amount of time taken to fit boots and skis allowing you maximum time on the slopes. The snowboard gear is the industry leading Burton 'Learn to Ride'. If you want to swap, exchange, upgrade or if you find something is not quite right, they'll take care of it on the spot. There is the added flexibility of returning your rental equipment to Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or the Queenstown Snow Centre, irrespective of where you picked it up. If you want to get fitted out the day before you start skiing or boarding, and know that you have your gear early, pick it up at Snowbiz in Queenstown.
Please note: you can not hire out gloves, goggles or sunglasses for hygiene reasons. Please bring your own or these items can be purchased from the retail outlets on each ski area, or in town.

Your Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Just seven minutes from Queenstown the lodge provides an alpine lakeside retreat nestled in one of the world’s most serenely beautiful landscapes.

Day 8: Return home with wonderful winter memories

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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