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7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday

Get out off your couch and onto the snow! This 7 day package includes 4 days of lessons, lift passes, and rental equipment so that you can turn your dreams of learning to ski or snowboard into a reality!

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NZ Ski Package

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,695 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

7 days/6 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Customisable? YES

Shuttle transport to the ski field

4 day lift pass

4 days of ski or snowboard lessons

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Day 1: Welcome to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 2: Your first day of lessons in the stunning Southern Alps. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 3: Another day of lessons to help you master the basics on snow. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Today is free to explore the spectacular wilderness that surrounds Queenstown. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Spend another day learning the ins and outs of your new favourite sport. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Your last day on the snow, use your final lessons to fine tune your skills. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

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 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown

7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 1
Transport Options

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Arrive Queenstown and collect your NZSki Mypass from the Snow Centre

Welcome to Queenstown for your winter ski or snowboarding holiday.  It’s not just the skiing that makes Queenstown 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 Snow Centre located on the ground floor of the Station Building at 9 Duke St and collect your mypass card.  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 Snow Centre please take your Ski New Zealand itinerary with you as the Snow Centre staff will need the reference number off this.  You will need to pay a $5 refundable deposit for each mypass card and each person in your group receives their own card.  All your lift passes, rental equipment, lessons, shuttle transfers etc will be loaded onto your card.  If you’re taking the Snowline Hotel Pick-up shuttle to the mountain tomorrow you can also book this at the Snow Centre.

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 2 - Your first day of lessons in the stunning Southern Alps

7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 2
Transport options from Queenstown to Ski Fields

Coronet Peak
Driving - From Queenstown it’s a 20 minute drive to Coronet Peak Ski Area.  From the centre of town it’s well sign-posted to Coronet Peak, approximately 13km out of town. The road to the ski field is a sealed alpine road, snow chains must be carried.

Shuttles – There are regular return Snowline Express buses that depart from Queenstown for Coronet Peak or you can reserve a pick up from your hotel in the morning.

Remarkables
Driving - From Queenstown it’s a 40 minute drive to the Remarkables Ski Area.  From the centre of town drive towards the airport, then continue over the Kawarau River and continue on the main road until you see the well signposted entry for the Remarkables Ski Area Access Road. The road to the ski field is a sealed 14 km alpine road, snow chains must be carried.

Shuttles – There are regular return Snowline Express buses that depart from Queenstown for the Remarkables or you can reserve a pick up from your hotel in the morning.

Cardrona
Driving – From Queenstown it’s a 50 minute drive to Cardrona Ski Area.  Follow State Highway 6 from Queenstown towards Wanaka, just after Arrowtown turn left onto the Crown Range Road and travel over the pass, after passing through Cardrona village the clearly marked entrance to Cardrona Ski Area is on your left.  The ski field access road is an unsealed alpine road, snow chains must be carried.

Shuttles –Kiwi Discovery buses have two morning departures from a range of Queenstown locations to Cardrona, buses return at 4.15pm

NZSki Snowline Bus: Hotel Pick Up and Return Pass

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Coronet Peak or The Remarkables aboard one of the dedicated buses. NZSki Snowline provides a return trip from your Hotel to the slopes every day of the season (weather and conditions permitting), giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow. No need to bother with chains or road conditions, instead you can sit back and rest up in preparation for your active day ahead and enjoy the incredible views.

NZSki: 4 Day Intro to Snow Program for beginners

This 4 day package is designed for first-timers who have never tried skiing or snowboarding before. You can choose to spend any of the four days at Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. The four days do not have to be used consecutively, but you must return ski or snowboard hire when you are not skiing. You must also stick with your chosen discipline (skiing or snowboarding) for the duration of the program.

The Intro to Snow Package includes:

  • Four days of lift passes (Day 1 is Learner lift access only)
  • Four days of group lessons (two lessons per day, each lesson is 2 hours duration)
  • Four days of recreational ski or snowboard equipment hire

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 3 - Another day of lessons to help you master the basics on snow

7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 3
NZSki Snowline Bus: Hotel Pick Up and Return Pass

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Coronet Peak or The Remarkables aboard one of the dedicated buses. NZSki Snowline provides a return trip from your Hotel to the slopes every day of the season (weather and conditions permitting), giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow. No need to bother with chains or road conditions, instead you can sit back and rest up in preparation for your active day ahead and enjoy the incredible views.

NZSki: 4 Day Intro to Snow Program for beginners - Day 2

Please arrive ready with your equipment and your Mypass card no later than 09:45 at the Snowsports meeting area. You will break for lunch around 12:30pm (lunch is at your own expense) and your afternoon sessions starts at 13:30 (1:30pm) and runs through to 15:30 (3:30pm).

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 4 - Today is free to explore the spectacular wilderness that surrounds Queenstown

7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 4
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 Valley 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 - Afternoon Boutique Wine Tasting Tour

Take a break from the slopes and explore the award winning wineries and vineyards from Gibbston Valley along the Kawarau Gorge to Bannockburn and C...

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Take a break from the slopes and explore the award winning wineries and vineyards from Gibbston Valley along the Kawarau Gorge to Bannockburn and Cromwell.  Appellation Wine Tours have a long history with the vineyards in the region and will take you to 4 wineries for tastings, carefully selecting those that best match the interests of that day’s small tour group.  You’ll also enjoy a delicious platter lunch at Carrick Winery and take in the gold mining history and magnificent scenery of the area.

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Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 5 - Spend another day learning the ins and outs of your new favourite sport

7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 5
NZSki Snowline Bus: Hotel Pick Up and Return Pass

Relax and enjoy the scenic journey to and from Coronet Peak or The Remarkables aboard one of the dedicated buses. NZSki Snowline provides a return trip from your Hotel to the slopes every day of the season (weather and conditions permitting), giving you a comfortable and safe alternative for getting to the snow. No need to bother with chains or road conditions, instead you can sit back and rest up in preparation for your active day ahead and enjoy the incredible views.

NZSki: 4 Day Intro to Snow Program for beginners - Day 3

Please arrive ready with your equipment and your Mypass card no later than 09:45 at the Snowsports meeting area. You will break for lunch around 12:30pm (lunch is at your own expense) and your afternoon sessions starts at 13:30 (1:30pm) and runs through to 15:30 (3:30pm).

Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 6 - Your last day on the snow, use your final lessons to fine tune your skills

7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 6
NZSki: 4 Day Intro to Snow Program for beginners - Day 4

Please arrive ready with your equipment and your Mypass card no later than 09:45 at the Snowsports meeting area. You will break for lunch around 12:30pm (lunch is at your own expense) and your afternoon sessions starts at 13:30 (1:30pm) and runs through to 15:30 (3:30pm).

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Gondola ride and dinner at Skyline's Stratosfare Restaurant

Dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar high atop Bob’s Peak overlooking the Remarkables and lights of Queenstown is not to be missed.  Be sure...

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Dinner at Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar high atop Bob’s Peak overlooking the Remarkables and lights of Queenstown is not to be missed.  Be sure to arrive before sunset to watch the light play out over the snow-capped mountains.    The cuisine is inspired by fresh New Zealand ingredients and includes something for everyone, including succulent seafood and meats, fantastic vegetarian options and deserts that will be hard to resist.

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Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Just a few minute’s walk from the centre of Queenstown you’ll find the chalet style Heartland Hotel Queenstown. With a range of room types you’ll be well catered for whether you’re a couple, group of friends or a family.

Day 7 - Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

7 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Holiday - Day 7
Transport Options

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