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6 day Wanaka Family Ski Escape

Take the family to Wanaka for some of the best skiing in New Zealand this winter! Spend 3 days skiing at Cardrona or Treble Cone and relax in a centrally located apartment, with everything you need for the family after your days on the snow. This is the perfect ski holiday to get away from the hustle and bustle of work!

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,675 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

6 days/5 nights

Apartments

 Rental car included

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Day 1: Arrive into Queenstown then its a short drive to Wanaka. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 2: With your 3 day pass you can visit either Cardrona or Treble Cone, which one will you start at?. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 3: Another day of epic family fun in the snow. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 4: Today is free, so check out some of Wanaka's other attractions. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 5: Your last day on the snow, why not try a different mountain?. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 6: Today you'll depart Wanaka for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 6 day tour starting in Queenstown

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

6 day Wanaka Family Ski Escape - 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: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Clearbrook is just a hop skip and a jump away from the restaurants, cafes and nightlife of Wanaka. These centrally located apartments offer modern self-catering facilities and central heating to keep you toasty warm in winter.

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

Day 2 - With your 3 day pass you can visit either Cardrona or Treble Cone, which one will you start at?

6 day Wanaka Family Ski Escape - Day 2
Cardrona & Treble Cone ski field 3 Day Lift Pass and Rental Package

Lift and Rental packages offer the best value as they include full mountain day passes and skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots for each day. This can be collected and used at either Cardrona or Treble Cone ski fields and allows you to change from skiing to snowboarding during the day if you feel like trying something new.

Your accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Clearbrook is just a hop skip and a jump away from the restaurants, cafes and nightlife of Wanaka. These centrally located apartments offer modern self-catering facilities and central heating to keep you toasty warm in winter.

Day 3 - Another day of epic family fun in the snow

6 day Wanaka Family Ski Escape - 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 - Cardrona Full Day Group Lesson

A full day group lesson is designed to help you improve your skills, meet new people and have fun along the way. Your qualified instructor will tailor...

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A full day group lesson is designed to help you improve your skills, meet new people and have fun along the way. Your qualified instructor will tailor the lesson to suit the group's needs. Your lesson will consist of a 2 hour session in the morning followed by another 2 hour session in the afternoon.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso is not your average cinema. A classic movie theatre with comfy old sofas, an old Morris Minor car, and a cafe & bar serv...

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Cinema Paradiso is not your average cinema. A classic movie theatre with comfy old sofas, an old Morris Minor car, and a cafe & bar serving delicious meals before, during, or after the movie. A great option for days when the weather is not so great up the ski field, especially for families! Paradiso provides a novel experience - they even have a half-time intermission where you can get homemade ice-cream, a hot chocolate, or a freshly baked cookie!
Tickets can be purchased at the cinema prior to the session or up to a few days before the movie you wish to see. The seating is unallocated, so if you arrive early you get the pick of the couches, chairs, and cinema seating.

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Your accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Clearbrook is just a hop skip and a jump away from the restaurants, cafes and nightlife of Wanaka. These centrally located apartments offer modern self-catering facilities and central heating to keep you toasty warm in winter.

Day 4 - Today is free, so check out some of Wanaka's other attractions

6 day Wanaka Family Ski Escape - 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 - 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 - Explore the magical Mou Waho Island at the heart of Lake Wanaka

Located just a short 35 minute cruise from Wanaka is the idyllic nature reserve of Mou Waho Island.  On landing at the island your enthusiastic lo...

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Located just a short 35 minute cruise from Wanaka is the idyllic nature reserve of Mou Waho Island.  On landing at the island your enthusiastic local guide will take you on a unique one hour walking tour, along the way you’ll discover the picturesque lake on top of the island.  Here you’ll stop for a relaxing tea and snack break while enjoying the delightful birdsong and breath-taking views.  If you’re lucky the rare flightless Buff Weka might join you for tea, these curious birds love visitors.  To top off your Wanaka experience you’ll leave part of yourself behind on this magical island, as you plant your own native tree to help with island conservation.

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Your accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Clearbrook is just a hop skip and a jump away from the restaurants, cafes and nightlife of Wanaka. These centrally located apartments offer modern self-catering facilities and central heating to keep you toasty warm in winter.

Day 5 - Your last day on the snow, why not try a different mountain?

6 day Wanaka Family Ski Escape - Day 5
Treble Cone Ski Field

Treble Cone, the largest ski area in NZ’s South Island, is famous for its long, uncrowded groomed runs, legendary off-piste terrain and unrivalled views over Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.
For beginner skiers and snowboarders, Treble Cone's learner area is located alongside the comforts of the Base café with the convenience of a fully kitted ski and snowboard rental shop. 
Intermediates will revel Treble Cone’s massive 700m of vertical, the longest in the Queenstown Southern Lakes District which allows for some of New Zealand’s longest groomed trails and of course, Treble Cone’s famous off-piste terrain.
Advanced and expert riders will find a playground of open powder faces and natural half pipes in the Saddle Basin and on the Summit Slopes and the Motatapu Chutes offer some of the steepest and most challenging terrain within the boundaries of a patrolled and protected ski area.

Your accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Clearbrook is just a hop skip and a jump away from the restaurants, cafes and nightlife of Wanaka. These centrally located apartments offer modern self-catering facilities and central heating to keep you toasty warm in winter.

Day 6 - Today you'll depart Wanaka for home

6 day Wanaka Family Ski Escape - Day 6
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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