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7 day Wanaka Family Ski Getaway

Bring the family and enjoy a full week to enjoy Wanaka and 3 days of skiing at Cardrona or Treble Cone ski fields. Stay in a centrally located serviced apartment, giving you the flexibility to eat in or get out to enjoy the local cuisine.

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$1,875 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: Arrive into Queenstown, collect your car and take the short drive to Wanaka. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 2: Explore Cardrona Alpine Resort today. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 3: Take to the slopes for another great day of skiing. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 4: Take a day off the snow and explore what the Wanaka region has to offer. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 5: Ready for another day on the slopes? This time why not try Treble Cone?. Accommodation: Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 6: Explore Wanaka or have a final hurrah on the slopes. 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 - Arrive into Queenstown, collect your car and take the short drive to Wanaka

7 day Wanaka Family Ski Getaway - 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 - Explore Cardrona Alpine Resort today

7 day Wanaka Family Ski Getaway - 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 - Take to the slopes for another great day of skiing

7 day Wanaka Family Ski Getaway - 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: 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 day off the snow and explore what the Wanaka region has to offer

7 day Wanaka Family Ski Getaway - 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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Dingleburn Station Safari and Walk with Ridgeline Adventures

This epic 4WD safari and walk explores the remote landscapes of Lake Hawea's Dingleburn Station. This has to be one of the most thrilling and spectacu...

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This epic 4WD safari and walk explores the remote landscapes of Lake Hawea's Dingleburn Station. This has to be one of the most thrilling and spectacular backroad journeys in New Zealand. Your expert guide skillfully negotiates this incredible road blasted into the shear cliff face high above Lake Hawea. Arriving at a remote bay enjoy a relaxing lakeside picnic area to eat your lunch, before heading off for a leisurely walk exploring this incredible seldom visited area.

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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 - Ready for another day on the slopes? This time why not try Treble Cone?

7 day Wanaka Family Ski Getaway - 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 - Explore Wanaka or have a final hurrah on the slopes

7 day Wanaka Family Ski Getaway - Day 6
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 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.

Wanaka National Transport and Toy Museum - suggested activity

The Wanaka National Transport and Toy Museum is the result of one man’s dream and 50 years of collecting and preserving pieces from the past. The transport collection boasts rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles and tractors. A nostalgic selection of toys has something to fascinate the child in everyone, such as clockwork and battery powered toys, porcelain dolls, teddy bears, pedal cars and money boxes. The Museum offers indoor and outdoor playing areas with pedal tractors and trucks for the kids. The Museum shop also has thousands of models and gifts for sale.

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 Family Ski Getaway - 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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