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6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday

This winter head to Wanaka, one of New Zealand's favourite ski towns, for an amazing 6 day ski holiday! Stay in beautiful 3 star accommodation and spend 3 days skiing or snowboarding the stunning southern mountains at Cardrona.  Hurry this price is only valid until end of April 2018!

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,255 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

6 days/5 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Rental car included

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

Day 2: With your dual-mountain you can choose to visit Treble Cone or Cardrona. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 3: Take to the slopes for another powder day. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 4: More skiing or maybe a rest day. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 5: Explore Wanaka or have a final hurrah on the slopes. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 6: Return to Queenstown and depart for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 6 day tour starting in Queenstown

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

6 day Wanaka 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 Alpine Resort Office located at the corner of Helwick and Dunmore Streets 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 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: 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 - With your dual-mountain you can choose to visit Treble Cone or Cardrona

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - Day 2
Cardrona & Treble Cone ski field 3 Day Lift Pass

The dual-mountain pass is the most flexible way to ski or snowboard in Wanaka. With this you have the freedom to explore 850 hectares of NZ's best skiing and snowboarding terrain at Cardrona and Treble Cone.
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 rentals and 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.

Day 3 - Take to the slopes for another powder day

6 day Wanaka 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.

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 - More skiing or maybe a rest day

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - Day 4
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 unrivaled 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 lodge and 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: 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 5 - Explore Wanaka or have a final hurrah on the slopes

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - Day 5
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 - 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 s...

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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.

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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 6 - Return to Queenstown and depart for home

6 day Wanaka Ski Holiday - 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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