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5 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday

Whether you are young or young at heart, you're never too old to learn to ski! Master the basics with the stunning background of New Zealand's Southern Alps, in the adventure capital of Queenstown. Learn from the best and hit the slopes this winter for an action-packed first-time ski adventure!

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,495 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

5 days/4 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Rental car included

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Day 1: Welcome to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 2: Head to the Remarkables for an introduction to the snow. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 3: Continue the fun at the Remarkables Skifield and refine those amazing snow skills. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Today is a free day to make the most of your Queenstown experience. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Depart Queenstown for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 5 day tour starting in Queenstown

Day 1 - Welcome to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown

5 day Queenstown Beginners 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.

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: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 2 - Head to the Remarkables for an introduction to the snow

5 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - 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.

NZSki: One Day Starter Pack

If you have never been on snow before this is the package for you! You'll learn to slide with confidence whilst having fun. Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you will be introduced to your equipment and the environment. You will learn the basic skills of staying upright, stopping, riding the surface lifts, and perhaps start to change direction.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - NZSki: 1 Day of Clothing Rental

NZ Ski's range of winter clothing will keep you warm, dry and comfortable on the mountain. It can be collected the afternoon before your first day on ...

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NZ Ski's range of winter clothing will keep you warm, dry and comfortable on the mountain. It can be collected the afternoon before your first day on the mountain, or at either of the mountain rental centres on Coronet Peak or the Remarkables.

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Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 69 kms / 43 miles : 1.6 hours

Day 3 - Continue the fun at the Remarkables Skifield and refine those amazing snow skills

5 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 3
NZSki: One Day Lift, Lesson & Rental Pack

This is a one-day product designed for anyone who has skied or snowboarded before, this package can be used at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. This combo features two group lessons, full mountain lift pass, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build on your basic skills, grow in confidence on challenging terrain and iron out any bad habits.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - NZSki: 1 Day of Clothing Rental

NZ Ski's range of winter clothing will keep you warm, dry and comfortable on the mountain. It can be collected the afternoon before your first day on ...

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NZ Ski's range of winter clothing will keep you warm, dry and comfortable on the mountain. It can be collected the afternoon before your first day on the mountain, or at either of the mountain rental centres on Coronet Peak or the Remarkables.

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Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 4 - Today is a free day to make the most of your Queenstown experience

5 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 4
Skyline Gondola Queenstown and 3 Luge Rides

In the heart of Queenstown, located 450 metres above town in the Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve is the Skyline Complex. A gondola ride to the summit makes for awe-inspiring views of the city surround. Arrive at the complex and wander the outside viewing decks for a picture perfect outlook. Then onto the Luge! The 800 metre luge track offers an exhilarating journey through banked corners, tunnels and dippers.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - KJet Queenstown 1 hour Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy an exhilarating 60 minute adventure as you speed across Lake Wakatipu to the deep turquoise waters of the Kawarau River then onto the narrow sha...

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Enjoy an exhilarating 60 minute adventure as you speed across Lake Wakatipu to the deep turquoise waters of the Kawarau River then onto the narrow shallow braided waters of the gold rich Shotover River, it's an unforgettable journey. Throughout your adventure you'll be surrounded by spectacular alpine scenery as the powerful twin engine jet boat takes you on this thrilling ride, with the odd 360 degree spin thrown in for good measure.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Shotover Canyon Swing

The Shotover Canyon Swing is the world’s highest cliff jump. Located in the heart of the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, the Shotove...

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The Shotover Canyon Swing is the world’s highest cliff jump. Located in the heart of the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, the Shotover Canyon Swing is 109 metres (360 feet) high above the Shotover River and the most adventurous thing you can do in this adrenaline-filled place!

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Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 5 - Depart Queenstown for home

5 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 5
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: 8 kms / 5 miles : 0.2 hours

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