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5 day Wanaka and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday

Spend 5 days with the family in the beautiful alpine resort town of Wanaka. Enjoy 2 days skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort with lift passes and lessons included, and experience some of the many exciting activities on offer on your days off the hill.

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,645 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

5 days/4 nights

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 Rental car included

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Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown, collect your car and take the short drive over to Wanaka. Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Day 2: Head to Cardrona Ski Resort for an introduction to skiing or snowboarding. Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Day 3: Continue the fun at Cardrona and refine those impressive snow skills you've learnt. Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Day 4: Today is free to explore Wanaka and visit the mind-bending Puzzle World. Accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Day 5: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 5 day tour starting in Queenstown

Day 1 - Arrive into Queenstown, collect your car and take the short drive over to Wanaka

5 day Wanaka and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 1
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Collect your Ski New Zealand rental car

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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 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 at50 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.  All your lift passes, rental equipment, lessons, etc will be loaded onto your card.

Your accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 60 kms / 37 miles : 0.9 hours

Day 2 - Head to Cardrona Ski Resort for an introduction to skiing or snowboarding

5 day Wanaka and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 2
Cardrona Adult First Timer All Inclusive Package

Cardrona is perfect for first timer skiers and boarders with easy learner lift and wide open beginner trails with beautiful views. Package includes rental of ski or snowboard equipment, learner's area ski lift pass, 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.

Your accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

Day 3 - Continue the fun at Cardrona and refine those impressive snow skills you've learnt

5 day Wanaka and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 3
Cardrona Single 1 Group Lesson, Lift Pass and Rental Package

If you have skied or snowboarded for more than one day and can 'stop and change direction', then this package is for you. You'll have access to the entire mountain with an all mountain lift pass, the benefit of a 2 hour group lesson and rental equipment. This package is coordinated to build a solid foundation so that you can make progress quickly. And rest assured you'll quickly remember the movements even if you only ever skied once, many years ago.

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing

Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.

Your accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

Day 4 - Today is free to explore Wanaka and visit the mind-bending Puzzle World

5 day Wanaka and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 4
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.

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 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.

Your accommodation: Bella Vista Wanaka

Bella Vista Wanaka is located in the heart of Wanaka, with shopping and dining right on your doorstep. These affordable motel rooms offer clean and modern self-catering accommodation with secure storage for skis and easy off street parking.

Day 5 - Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

5 day Wanaka and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 5
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.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 65 kms / 41 miles : 1.1 hours

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