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5 Day Wanaka Couples Ski Holiday

Make the most of winter on this escape to stunning Wanaka. A real winter getaway with centrally located accommodation, a day skiing or snowboarding at Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field, and a wine tour through the iconic Central Otago Region, famous for its award-winning Pinot Noir.

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,225 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: Arrive into Queenstown and drive to Wanaka. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 2: Explore the mountain at either Cardrona or Treble Cone - you choose!. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 3: Taste your way through the Central Otago wine region. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 4: Another day of adventure lies ahead, which will you choose?. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 5: Return home with epic winter memories.

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Detailed itinerary: 5 day tour starting in Queenstown

Day 1 - Arrive into Queenstown and drive to Wanaka

5 Day Wanaka Couples 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.

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 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 / 37 miles : 0.9 hours

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

5 Day Wanaka Couples Ski Holiday - Day 2
Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field 1 Day Lift Pass

The dual-mountain pass is the most flexible way to ski or snowboard in Wanaka. With this pass you have the freedom to choose from 850 hectares of NZ's best skiing and snowboarding terrain at Cardrona or Treble Cone.
Want to ski a little longer, don't own your own gear or snow clothing, or not sure if your skills are up to scratch?
No worries, chat to us about adding additional days, rentals, or lessons.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Taste your way through the Central Otago wine region

5 Day Wanaka Couples Ski Holiday - Day 3
Central Otago Afternoon Wine Tour

Winter in Central Otago is a magical time, with crisp days and frosty mornings.  A great way to unwind from your previous days adventures on the slopes is to join an afternoon wine tour of the boutique vineyards and wineries that the region is famous for.  Travelling in a small group you’ll explore the countryside surrounding Wanaka as you visit 4 specially chosen vineyards.  You’ll taste the delicious Pinot Noir the region is best known for as well as excellent examples of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Chardonnay.  Enjoy a gourmet canapé matched tasting at one of the vineyards and throughout the tour take in the magical Central scenery.

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Another day of adventure lies ahead, which will you choose?

5 Day Wanaka Couples 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Wild Thing Waterfall Climb

Your adventure begins in Wanaka with a spectacular drive through the mountains to the base of the Twin Falls waterfall. You will learn safety skills a...

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Your adventure begins in Wanaka with a spectacular drive through the mountains to the base of the Twin Falls waterfall. You will learn safety skills and then climb the via ferrata alongside this spectacular waterfall. Along the way you will cross wire bridges, discover hidden pools to finish at a beautiful picnic spot with stunning views. This adventurous climb builds on the skills learnt on the lower sections of the waterfall and heads into the steeper upper walls. You descend by trail before heading back to Wanaka. A round trip tour will take approximately 5 hours.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Harris Mountains Heli-Ski - Intro 3 Run Day

The mountains surrounding the world-renowned resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka feature thrilling backcountry terrain and dramatic scenery. Enjoy a...

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The mountains surrounding the world-renowned resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka feature thrilling backcountry terrain and dramatic scenery. Enjoy an unforgettable day with 3 runs of heli-ski or heli-board bliss. Runs vary between 1500 to 2500 vertical feet of treeless skiing in sheltered basins, bowls and wide rolling mountain flanks This 3 run experience is a day focused on taking your time to enjoy the alpine playground.

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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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Return home with epic winter memories

5 Day Wanaka Couples Ski Holiday - Day 5
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.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 62 kms / 39 miles : 1.0 hours

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