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4 day Wanaka Beginner Ski Holiday

Head to Wanaka this winter for an incredible beginner's ski holiday! Stay in a centrally located hotel and enjoy 2 days learning to ski or snowboard at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$965 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

4 days/3 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Rental car included

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Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown then its a short drive to Wanaka. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 2: Weclome to the snow! An expert ski instructor will guide you through the first steps of your new favourite sport. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 3: Today you will move higher up the mountain to work on those new skills. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 4: Head home with great memories of your winter break.

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Detailed itinerary: 4 day tour starting in Queenstown

Day 1 - Arrive into Queenstown then its a short drive to Wanaka

4 day Wanaka Beginner Ski Holiday - Day 1
Collect your Ski New Zealand rental car

Ski New Zealand 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.

Leaving Queenstown take the short drive to Wanaka

Today you’ll take the short drive to Wanaka.  Choose from either the Crown Range Road which may need snow chains fitted depending on conditions, or the slightly longer route via the Kawarau Gorge and past Cromwell.

Arrive into Wanaka and collect your lift pass

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 x Treble Cone Wanaka Office (located at 50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka) and collect your lift pass.  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 x Treble Cone 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.  Any booked items, such as lift passes, rental equipment, or lessons will be loaded onto your card.

Your accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

The Wanaka Hotel offers affordable accommodation in a fantastic location. Stay in the center of town only one minute walk to the lake and Town Centre.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 60 kms / 38 miles : 0.9 hours

Day 2 - Weclome to the snow! An expert ski instructor will guide you through the first steps of your new favourite sport

4 day Wanaka Beginner Ski Holiday - Day 2
2 day Cardrona First Timer Package

Cardrona is perfect for first timer skiers and boarders with easy learner lift and wide open beginner trails with beautiful views. Your 2 day package includes rental equipment each day which consists of skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots, depending on your sport.  On day 1 of your package you'll be introduced to the equipment and the learner's area with a full day's conveyor pass for the learner's slope and two group lessons with a professional instructor.  Your 2 hour morning lesson teaches the basics, including how to master sliding, stopping and turning safely and effectively on gentle slopes.  The 2 hour afternoon lesson is to further develop your skills and to support you as you explore more terrain. The second day of your package doesn't have to be taken consecutively, so you can have a rest in between if needed.  On day 2 you'll have a full chairlift pass, so access to the entire mountain and another 2 hour group lesson to build on those skills you learnt on your first day.

Your accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

The Wanaka Hotel offers affordable accommodation in a fantastic location. Stay in the center of town only one minute walk to the lake and Town Centre.

Day 3 - Today you will move higher up the mountain to work on those new skills

4 day Wanaka Beginner Ski Holiday - Day 3
Cardrona Alpine Resort

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling world

Stuart Landsborough’s remarkable Puzzling World is home to the original Great Maze as well as numerous illusion rooms which will leave you scratc...

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Stuart Landsborough’s remarkable Puzzling World is home to the original Great Maze as well as numerous illusion rooms which will leave you scratching your head in wonder.  This is a great destination for those days when the weather doesn’t play ball or you need to rest the legs and still keep the kids entertained.  Great for all ages this is a must for your winter holiday in Wanaka.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cardrona Stargazing Tour and 3 Course Dinner

Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, the Cardrona Valley offers some of the best conditions on Earth for stargazing. Not only does it have a dar...

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Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, the Cardrona Valley offers some of the best conditions on Earth for stargazing. Not only does it have a dark sky with minimal light pollution, but it’s far enough south to have a great vantage point to view the famous Southern Sky. Your guide will talk about the night sky specific to our location in New Zealand - You’ll cover highlights of the Southern Sky, constellations, movements of planets, celestial navigation, and general information about what can be seen without the aid of a telescope before using the telescope to get a closer look at star clusters, nebulae and planets.

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Your accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

The Wanaka Hotel offers affordable accommodation in a fantastic location. Stay in the center of town only one minute walk to the lake and Town Centre.

Day 4 - Head home with great memories of your winter break

4 day Wanaka Beginner Ski Holiday - Day 4
Travel from Wanaka to Queenstown

From Wanaka there are two routes you can take to get to Queenstown.  Either head over the Crown Range Road, New Zealand’s highest sealed road (make sure you’re carrying snow chains and check the road conditions) or take the longer route via Cromwell and the Kawarau Gorge.

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.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 68 kms / 42 miles : 1.1 hours

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