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7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday

Take the family to Cardrona Alpine Resort for 2 days of skiing and lessons with everything you need to get going on the ski slopes! Throw in some rip-roaring fun with a Skyline luge and Shotover jet boat ride and you've got the recipe for an unforgettable holiday.

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,765 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

7 days/6 nights

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 Rental car included

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Day 1: Welcome to the South Island. Collect your car and head off to Wanaka. Accommodation: The Moorings Wanaka

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

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

Day 4: Travel back to Queenstown to explore the scenery and adventures on offer. Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 5: A free day to explore Queenstown. Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 6: A final day in Queenstown hit the slopes or explore more of Queenstown. Accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Day 7: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 7 day tour starting in Queenstown

Day 1 - Welcome to the South Island. Collect your car and head off to Wanaka

7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family 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: The Moorings Wanaka

The Moorings motel and luxury apartments are an easy 5 minute walk along the Lake Wanaka waterfront to Wanaka’s dining and shopping area. Choose from the Studios which overlook the lake and mountains or for families and friends the spacious apartments are the way to go.

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

7 day Queenstown 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: The Moorings Wanaka

The Moorings motel and luxury apartments are an easy 5 minute walk along the Lake Wanaka waterfront to Wanaka’s dining and shopping area. Choose from the Studios which overlook the lake and mountains or for families and friends the spacious apartments are the way to go.

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

7 day Queenstown 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.

Your accommodation: The Moorings Wanaka

The Moorings motel and luxury apartments are an easy 5 minute walk along the Lake Wanaka waterfront to Wanaka’s dining and shopping area. Choose from the Studios which overlook the lake and mountains or for families and friends the spacious apartments are the way to go.

Day 4 - Travel back to Queenstown to explore the scenery and adventures on offer

7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 4
Lavender Farm & Lakes Honey - suggested activity

Wanaka Lavender Farm is just a few minutes from Wanaka, where you can experience 10 acres of beautiful lavender fields and display gardens. Enjoy a walk through the flowers, meet friendly farm animals, relax over a cup of herbal tea and indulge in lavender and honey ice-cream. Sample Lakes Honey and the many Lavender products that are produced on site.

Wanaka to Queenstown

Leaving Wanaka you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Queenstown.

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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Your accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Offering motel and apartment style accommodation, just a short 7 minute walk from the town centre, Queenstown’s Garden Court is a relaxing base for your Queenstown winter holiday. Suites and apartments have self-catering facilities and are on the Snowline Express shuttle route to The Remarkables.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 58 kms / 36 miles : 0.9 hours

Day 5 - A free day to explore Queenstown

7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 5
Explore Queenstown and surrounds

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders.
Head down the Gibbston wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown.
Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Jet Boating on the Shotover

Take the ride of your life this winter through the spectacular canyons of the upper Shotover River.  Your Shotover Jet Boat driver takes you caree...

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Take the ride of your life this winter through the spectacular canyons of the upper Shotover River.  Your Shotover Jet Boat driver takes you careering past rock faces, boulders and jutting crags with an ease that belies the power of the ‘Big Red’ jet boat.  Just when you think you can’t scream any more the boat suddenly stops with a 360 degree spin amidst a spray of water.  To keep warm during this winter adventure wear your ski jacket and gloves and keep your hands firmly on the heated hand rail.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - 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 ...

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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.

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Your accommodation: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Offering motel and apartment style accommodation, just a short 7 minute walk from the town centre, Queenstown’s Garden Court is a relaxing base for your Queenstown winter holiday. Suites and apartments have self-catering facilities and are on the Snowline Express shuttle route to The Remarkables.

Day 6 - A final day in Queenstown hit the slopes or explore more of Queenstown

7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 6
More free time in the Adventure Capital of Queenstown

If the weather plays ball and you’re legs are up to it take to the slopes again, maybe even venture over to Treble Cone for the day.  Just a 90 minute drive from Queenstown, this ski field has been voted New Zealand’s best ski resort for 2 years running.  If you need a rest day you can always slip in a spot of retail therapy at Queenstown’s many shops or take the short drive to Arrowtown.  This historic village is perfect for strolling and as an added bonus is home to a fantastic range of shops, cafes and restaurants.  A winter holiday in Queenstown doesn’t need to be all about the snow there are many other ways to spend your day, including golf at Millbrook Resort, a day trip to Glenorchy to explore Mt Aspiring National Park on the Dart River Wilderness Safari, or maybe take a scenic flight over snow covered Fiordland National Park to the spectacular Milford Sound.

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 - Kickstarter 2 Flights with IFly Queenstown

When you come to iFLY Indoor Skydiving get ready to be blown away - literally. It’s thrilling. It’s amazing. Experience the feeling of fre...

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When you come to iFLY Indoor Skydiving get ready to be blown away - literally. It’s thrilling. It’s amazing. Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the heart of the world's adventure capital. Super fun, super safe and super cool.

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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: Garden Court Suites and Apartments

Offering motel and apartment style accommodation, just a short 7 minute walk from the town centre, Queenstown’s Garden Court is a relaxing base for your Queenstown winter holiday. Suites and apartments have self-catering facilities and are on the Snowline Express shuttle route to The Remarkables.

Day 7 - Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

7 day Queenstown and Cardrona Family Ski Holiday - Day 7
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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