Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables
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Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables

Enjoy the mountains in the "Adventure Capital" of New Zealand. Experience Coronet Peak and absorb the views from the Remarkables. Take a step back in time aboard the T.S.S Earnslaw while you head to Walter Peak Station to enjoy a world class BBQ Buffet!

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South Island Ski including Car Hire

This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,500 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 the Adventure Capital of Queenstown. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 2: Enjoy your first day on the snow at Coronet Peak. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 3: Free day try Heli Skiing or be thrilled by the Shotover jet boat ride. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 4: Today head up The Remarkables Ski Field. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 5: Explore the snow a different way! Or take a scenic journey to Milford Sound. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 6: Continue on the slopes, try another adventure or wind down with a wine tour. Accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Day 7: Before you drop off your car head out to Arrowtown for breakfast. See you next year!.

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Itinerary
Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables - 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 like ski racks, and snow chains that will suit you perfectly.

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 for this.  You will need to pay $5 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.

Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Queenstown’s Scenic Suites enjoys an elevated position overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, yet it’s still an easy 5 minute walk to the heart of Queenstown’s entertainment area. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or the 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen for self-catering.
Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables - Day 2
Driving Instructions from Queenstown to Coronet Peak Ski Field

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.

2 Day Lift Superpass with NZ Ski

The New Zealand Superpass is the most flexible lift pass in New Zealand, giving you access to ski and ride Queenstown’s closest mountains – Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Get more choice, more fun and more snow time with your New Zealand Superpass and make the most of your New Zealand holiday!
With 2 days of New Zealand Superpasses, you've got lift access to New Zealand's premier ski areas plus the fun and excitement of a range of off-mountain attractions in and around Queenstown. You can mix it up a little and ski a day at the Remarkables and a day at Coronet Peak, or maybe you've got your eye on a run that you want to conquer over 2 days. And remember if the weather doesn't play ball on one of your days you can always exchange one of your Superpass days for an exciting off-mountain activity or towards a feast at your favourite Queenstown and restaurant or cafe.
Want to ski a little longer, don't own your own gear or snow clothing, or not sure if your skills are up to scratch?
No worries, chat to us about adding additional days, rentals, or lessons.

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 extensive snowmaking facilities, making 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. There are regular shuttles to and from Queenstown, which is only a 20-minute drive away. 

Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Queenstown’s Scenic Suites enjoys an elevated position overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, yet it’s still an easy 5 minute walk to the heart of Queenstown’s entertainment area. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or the 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen for self-catering.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 15 kms / 9 miles : 0.3 hours

Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables - Day 3
Explore Queenstown

Well-known as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’, Queenstown is home to a range of adventures, from the world's first and most famous bungy jumps to jet boat thrills, white-water rafting, and skydiving. However, Queenstown offers far more than a fast-paced, action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of beautiful 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. Take a stroll through the beautiful lakefront parks and gardens, browse through market stalls on weekends, dine in wonderful al-fresco restaurants, or ride on the 100-year-old historic Steamship - TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station. Take the Queenstown Gondola up to Bob's Peak and soak up the panoramic views of the magnificent lake and mountain ranges. And after all of that, if you do want the adrenaline rush, Queenstown is known for taking your pick from the Shotover Jet, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge, or Heli-ski.

TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

Enjoy a quintessential Kiwi experience, a delicious gourmet BBQ buffet meal and a farm demonstration in a stunning lakeside setting. Take in the stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and its surroundings as you cruise across the lake to the historic Walter Peak high country farm aboard the TSS Earnslaw Steamship.
Enjoy the ambience of the heart of the stately homestead while your Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant chef prepares a gourmet BBQ dinner. Your seasonal menu includes an extensive selection of local New Zealand produce, including succulent meats and a selection of delicious vegetables and salads. Complete your meal with your choice of delicious desserts, New Zealand cheeses, tea and coffee.
After dinner, watch the farm dogs in action with a sheep-herding demonstration and say hello to the other farm animals. Finally, cruise home under the southern stars and enjoy the fresh night air as the lights of Queenstown draw ever closer.

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 - 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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Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Queenstown’s Scenic Suites enjoys an elevated position overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, yet it’s still an easy 5 minute walk to the heart of Queenstown’s entertainment area. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or the 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen for self-catering.
Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables - Day 4
Driving Instructions from Queenstown to The Remarkables Ski Field

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.

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.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - The Original Onsen Evening Session

Enjoy the most memorable experience in Queenstown and surround yourself with a sky of stars and 14 Japanese lanterns as you soak up the warm waters of...

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Enjoy the most memorable experience in Queenstown and surround yourself with a sky of stars and 14 Japanese lanterns as you soak up the warm waters of the Onsen Hot Pools. Nestled high into a cliff-side overlooking the magnificent Shotover River canyon, the experience is all about unwinding and soaking-up Queenstown's spectacular scenery, enjoying the pure waters and the fresh mountain air as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of the private pools. Water temperature is set according to the day - generally between 37.8C on a hot day, to 39.8C during a snow-storm and in the summer one of the pools is kept cold for those who relish the thought of a cold plunge!

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Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Queenstown’s Scenic Suites enjoys an elevated position overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, yet it’s still an easy 5 minute walk to the heart of Queenstown’s entertainment area. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or the 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen for self-catering.

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 21 kms / 13 miles : 0.6 hours

Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables - Day 5
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 - Milford Sound Cruise and coach tour from Queenstown

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with a 1 hour 40 minute Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a Real ...

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Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with a 1 hour 40 minute Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown or Te Anau, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the modern, spacious vessel for a leisurely cruise in the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and the wildlife. During the cruise your friendly crew provide commentaries in several languages and point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Wilderness Snowmobiling Adventure Queenstown

This two and a half hour fully guided snowmobile adventure departs from Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters hangar at Queenstown Airport, taking you on...

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This two and a half hour fully guided snowmobile adventure departs from Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters hangar at Queenstown Airport, taking you on an exhilarating 13 minute flight (approximately) across the western face of the Remarkables Mountain Range, over the Hector Mountains, and across the Nevis River Valley, where you land at the base of the Garvie Mountains.
After landing at the snowmobile base you will gear up (you will be provided with warm overalls, helmets, gloves, and boots) and have a safety briefing with your guide. Your guide will ensure you can operate your snowmobile safely and comfortably. You are then lead through the sparse backcountry, along the central most inland mountain range in New Zealand, cruising to an altitude of up to 6,000ft above sea level. Stunning scenery and views will astound throughout the whole experience. With stops along the way for some amazing photo opportunities of the spectacular landscape.
The snowmobile tour will move at a pace comfortable for everyone. The snowmobiles are modern Polaris machines, they are easy to operate and your guide is right there if you need any assistance. Upon arriving back to Snowmobiles base, finish your tour with a return helicopter ride back to Queenstown.

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Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Queenstown’s Scenic Suites enjoys an elevated position overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, yet it’s still an easy 5 minute walk to the heart of Queenstown’s entertainment area. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or the 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen for self-catering.
Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables - Day 6
Explore the Wineries and Vineyards of Gibbston Valley

The Gibbston Valley is a premier boutique wine growing region right on Queenstown’s doorstep.  Stretching from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge to Lake Hayes, the area is heavily planted in grapes, including pinot noir which Central Otago does so well.  Vineyards that shouldn’t be missed include Peregrine with its architecturally designed cellar, Chard Farm and Gibbston Valley Wines home to New Zealand’s largest wine cave as well as a gift shop, cheesery and café.  Another great option for lunch is Amisfield Winery, the Bistro is a real treat.  To explore Gibbston Valley you can self drive, but if you want to enjoy the tastings either join a guided wine tasting tour or a supported bike tour, where they’ll pick you up after the wine tasting, saving you from a wobbly ride home.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Gibbston Valley Wine Cave Tour

Gibbston Valley Winery is home of New Zealand's largest wine cave. They offer daily wine cave and tasting tours to the region's oldest vineyard - thei...

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Gibbston Valley Winery is home of New Zealand's largest wine cave. They offer daily wine cave and tasting tours to the region's oldest vineyard - their very own Home Block. You will experience wine tasting in the wine cave and catch a glimpse of the winemakers in action. The tour includes a tasting of three varietals in the cave and a visit to the Home Block Vineyard, originally planted by the founder and wine pioneer Allan Brady in 1983.

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SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Gibbston Vally Half Day Canyon Adventure with Canyoning New Zealand

The Gibbston Valley canyon is an awesome half-day adventure with plenty of water to play with! We meet you in downtown Queenstown for your check-in an...

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The Gibbston Valley canyon is an awesome half-day adventure with plenty of water to play with! We meet you in downtown Queenstown for your check-in and drive about 40 minutes through beautiful wine country out to the Gibbston Valley.

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Your accommodation: Scenic Suites Queenstown

Queenstown’s Scenic Suites enjoys an elevated position overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountains, yet it’s still an easy 5 minute walk to the heart of Queenstown’s entertainment area. Choose from luxurious hotel rooms or the 1 bedroom suite with full kitchen for self-catering.
Explore Queenstown and The Remarkables - Day 7
Explore Arrowtown

One of the most picturesque settlements in New Zealand, Arrowtown sits alongside the gold-bearing Arrow River. Established in 1862 during the height of the Otago gold rush, the settlement grew quickly as pioneers constructed cottages, shops, hotels and churches, more than 60 of which can still be seen today. A special highlight is the Chinese settlement at the edge of the river. Built by Chinese miners from 1868, this area of restored shelters and buildings paints a picture of earlier times. It is a living historic settlement with many stories to tell. Wander the tree-lined streets of restored cottages and explore gold mining sites. In April and May Arrowtown ignites with colour as deciduous trees prepare for winter and a festival held in the last week of April celebrates the town's seasonal beauty and glittering history.

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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