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8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure

Are you ready for the ultimate beginners ski adventure in Queenstown? With 3 days skiing at The Remarkables or Coronet Peak including equipment rental and 3 full days of Kea Club for the kids, this ski package has it all! And when you're done on the snow head into Queenstown for a ride on the Shotover Jet, a trip up the Skyline Gondola and an outdoors experience with Dart River Jet!

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South Island Self Drive

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,230 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

8 days/7 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Rental car included

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

Day 2: Today you'll have a ball coming to grips with stopping, turning and falling. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 3: Spend another day on the powder perfecting your new found skills. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Rest the legs but not the heart - tackle the Shotover Jetboat and Skyline Luge. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Your final day on the snow will see you up and about exploring the wintry terrain. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Explore the spectacular wilderness that surrounds Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Spend your last day in Queenstown, relaxing, shopping or jumping off a bridge. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: Today you'll depart Queenstown for home.

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Detailed itinerary: 8 day tour starting in Queenstown

Day 1 - Welcome to the 'Adventure Capital' of Queenstown

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - Day 1
Arrive Queenstown and private transfer to hotel

Welcome to the winter playground of Queenstown.  Your private transfer will meet you at the airport and deliver you to your accommodation.

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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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Day 2 - Today you'll have a ball coming to grips with stopping, turning and falling

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - 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: One Day Starter Pack

If you have never been on snow before this is the package for you! You'll learn to slide with confidence whilst having fun. Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you will be introduced to your equipment and the environment. You will learn the basic skills of staying upright, stopping, riding the surface lifts, and perhaps start to change direction.

NZSki: One Day Lift, Lesson & Rental Pack

This is a one-day product designed for anyone who has skied or snowboarded before, this package can be used at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. This combo features two group lessons, full mountain lift pass, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build on your basic skills, grow in confidence on challenging terrain and iron out any bad habits.

The Remarkables Ski Field

The Remarkables offers a laid-back atmosphere which is fantastic for families and those new to skiing or snowboarding. Located just 45 minutes from Queenstown, the Remarkables features a fantastic network of trails with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain runs for the experts in the family. With 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced, the Remarkables offers challenges for all levels and for those wanting to progress quickly, the friendly team of instructors can be with you every step of the way. While you're up there don't forget to check out the purpose-built snow tubing lanes before you round off with a steaming hot chocolate or drink at Remarkables cafe. With regular shuttles from Queenstown, lessons for 4yrs+ and complete gear hire on the mountain, this is a fun and easy day out for visitors to the South Island.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Spend another day on the powder perfecting your new found skills

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - 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.

Coronet Peak Ski Field

Want to challenge yourself on exciting terrain in some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere?  Then Coronet Peak should be top of your list.   This theme park created by mother nature offers gripping trails and the extensive snowmaking facilities, makes for complete snow coverage on multiple trails. Coronet is also home to night skiing for a different take on these roller coaster trails try it under lights. For those just getting to know the snow the dedicated learner and novice areas make finding your snow feet easy and all gear can be hired on the mountain. With 25% beginners, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced, Coronet Peak has the trail for you.  For a break from the snow, enjoy live music at the base building, or wet your whistle with a hot chocolate or cold beverage at Heidi's Hut. The pizza and pasta meals are great for warming you up and giving you an energy boost for the afternoon. For the little ones there are supervised kids' programmes for 3 months upwards and snow sport school for kids and big kids alike. There are regular shuttles to and from Queenstown, which is only a 20 minute drive away. 

NZSki: One Day Lift, Lesson & Rental Pack

This is a one-day product designed for anyone who has skied or snowboarded before, this package can be used at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. This combo features two group lessons, full mountain lift pass, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build on your basic skills, grow in confidence on challenging terrain and iron out any bad habits.

NZSki: One Day Lift, Lesson & Rental Pack

This is a one-day product designed for anyone who has skied or snowboarded before, this package can be used at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. This combo features two group lessons, full mountain lift pass, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build on your basic skills, grow in confidence on challenging terrain and iron out any bad habits.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Rest the legs but not the heart - tackle the Shotover Jetboat and Skyline Luge

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - Day 4
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 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.

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 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.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Your final day on the snow will see you up and about exploring the wintry terrain

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - 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: One Day Lift, Lesson & Rental Pack

This is a one-day product designed for anyone who has skied or snowboarded before, this package can be used at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. This combo features two group lessons, full mountain lift pass, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build on your basic skills, grow in confidence on challenging terrain and iron out any bad habits.

NZSki: One Day Lift, Lesson & Rental Pack

This is a one-day product designed for anyone who has skied or snowboarded before, this package can be used at both The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. This combo features two group lessons, full mountain lift pass, as well as rental equipment (skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots). Under the expertise of your Snowsports instructors, you'll build on your basic skills, grow in confidence on challenging terrain and iron out any bad habits.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Explore the spectacular wilderness that surrounds Queenstown

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - Day 6
Wilderness jet boat and walk in the Dart River Valley

Take a remarkable journey into the wilderness of the Dart River Valley in Mt Aspiring National Park.  You’ll travel by jet boat skimming over the turquoise water of the Dart River deep into the park, past snow clad mountains and scenes from Middle Earth.  Along the way you’ll stop for a walk to explore the ancient beech forest and hear of the Maori and early European history as well as the flora and fauna of the valley.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Spend your last day in Queenstown, relaxing, shopping or jumping off a bridge

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - Day 7
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.

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Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Today you'll depart Queenstown for home

8 day Queenstown Beginners Ski Adventure - Day 8
Transfer to Queenstown Airport for your flight home

Today you will be picked up from your accommodation in Queenstown and transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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