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7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's Ski Holiday

With 3 days at Cardrona, the best family learner's field in the region, you'll go from zero to hero in no time. And 7 days in Wanaka township in a central motel.

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,025 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

7 days/6 nights

Motels

 Rental car included

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Day 1: Welcome to the South Island, collect your car drive the short trip to Wanaka. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 2: Head to Cardrona Ski Resort for an intro to skiing or boarding. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 3: Continue to develop those impressive snow skills you've been working on. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 4: Take a rest day today and check out some of Wanaka's quirky attractions. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 5: Why not try Treble Cone on your last ski day?. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 6: A day to enjoy some of the other activities on offer in Wanaka. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 7: Return to Queenstown and depart for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 7 day tour starting in Queenstown

Day 1 - Welcome to the South Island, collect your car drive the short trip to Wanaka

7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's 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: 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 - Head to Cardrona Ski Resort for an intro to skiing or boarding

7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's 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: 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 - Continue to develop those impressive snow skills you've been working on

7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's 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.

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing

Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.

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 - Take a rest day today and check out some of Wanaka's quirky attractions

7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's 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 - 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: 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 - Why not try Treble Cone on your last ski day?

7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's Ski Holiday - Day 5
Cardrona & Treble Cone ski field 1 Day Lift Pass and Rental Package

Lift and Rental packages include a full mountain day pass and skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots. This can be used at either Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field.

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing

Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.

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 - A day to enjoy some of the other activities on offer in Wanaka

7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's Ski Holiday - Day 6
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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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Wild Hills 4WD Safari with Ridgeline Adventures

Experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, bordering a World Heritage Area with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring t...

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Experience the rugged beauty and solitude of the spectacular high country, bordering a World Heritage Area with this exclusive 4WD journey exploring the private farm tracks on an historic Wanaka sheep, cattle and deer station. From the site of Nehenehe, an ancient Maori settlement abandoned in the 1830’s, to the ruins of one of Wanaka’s first European settler’s farmhouses (1880’s). This journey offers an unique insight into Wanaka’s rich history, heritage and modern-day farming life. This trip is a photographers dream.

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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 7 - Return to Queenstown and depart for home

7 day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner's Ski Holiday - Day 7
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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