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12 Day New Zealand Ski Package

The vast majority of people that come to New Zealand for a ski or snowboard holiday spend their time in the busy resort town of Queenstown. This 12 day New Zealand ski package gets you off the beaten track, and allows you to experience some remote and epic ski fields that most people don’t even know exist! 

This 12 day South Island snow tour takes you on an incredible journey to the smaller, more intimate South Island ski fields. Whilst mountains such as Temple Basin, Broken River and Craigeburn may sound unfamiliar now, they won’t be after this snow tour of a lifetime. 

Highlights

  • Ski or snowboard at eight of the South Island’s best ski fields over 9 days
  • 3 extra days to chill out or get your adventure fix
  • Dedicated driver guide and mountain expert
  • Rentals available (extra cost)
  • Mountain transfers included at all field 

What's Included

  • 9 full day ski passes to 8 different ski fields: Porter Heights, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Dobson, Ohau (x 2 days) and Treble Cone
  • 11 nights accommodation (Quad share, upgrades available),
  • Expert tuition and advice from our Tour Manager,
  • All transport and mountain transfers,
  • 9 continental and 2 fully cooked breakfasts,
  • 4 dinners consisting of 2 Group Meals at Craigieburn Lodge and 2 “High Country Fare” Dinners at Ohau Lodge,
  • Small Groups – Max size of 16,
  • Rope tow gloves and nut-crackers,
  • Explore the South Island's more intimate ski towns: Craigieburn, Lake Tekapo, Ohau and Wanaka,
  • A true snow adventure that gets you far away from the commercial ski fields of Queenstown to the some of the most awe-inspiring terrain NZ has to offer 

Important Notes

  • Departure Time / Location: 7am from Haka Lodge in Christchurch
  • Finish Time: Arrive back into Christchurch at approximately 10pm

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PRICE: $3,299 NZD

Number of Days 12

Starts: Queenstown Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Small Group Tour

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Tour Itinerary EXPAND ALL

Welcome to Queenstown! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am where we waste no time heading off to The Remarkables with a whole day on the slopes ahead of us. En route, we’ll stop to pick up any equipment you may have hired.

Today offers wide open trails, native Keas (parrots!), spectacular views, sun drenched landscapes and unforgettable runs. There's terrain here like you have never seen before.

Known locally as ‘The Remarks’ the ski field is located at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. Imagine a vast natural amphitheatre hidden in the snow-capped rugged ranges. Being so high up is a major benefit; it gives the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north-facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap so bring your sun cream!

Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak - there are dedicated slopes for first timers and long, wide groomed trails with plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Once you know the ropes, you'll enjoy the vertical off the express quad, or exploring the rolling terrain with plenty of dips and drops for great variety.

Coronet Peak is the oldest ski area in the South Island. Spread across a broad mountain, the field is wide and sunny with an impressive variety of runs, and the facilities are some of the best around.

Today is a chance to rest your legs and get to know the Adventure Capital of the World - Queenstown. From bungy jumping to skydiving, jet boating to visiting the world-famous Milford Sound, you really can complete your bucket list in a day.

SIGHTS

Optional Paid Activities: bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating, Milford Sound trip, heli-skiing

With over 20 national and international skiing and snowboarding events held at Cardrona each year, it's considered amongst pros as one of the top mountains in New Zealand.

Renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow, Cardrona is 345 hectares of wide and packed with undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks. There’s something here for all to enjoy.

Hidden in the heart of the Southern Alps, Treble Cone has amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. It’s also the largest ski area in the South Island with plenty of exhilarating skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Treble Cone boasts New Zealand's fastest quad chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chairlift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.

From the purpose-built learner area and long groomed intermediate trails, to numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain, there’s plenty for everyone here.

In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, with a vast number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

Today head to Ohau, a remote ski field located between Christchurch and Queenstown.

Ohau offers unrivalled dry powder snow and gets you off the tourist trail to experience the awesome range of ski fields available in the South Island of New Zealand.

Today we’ll head to either Roundhill or Mt Dobson, depending on weather conditions.

Roundhill is one of Mackenzie Country’s best kept secrets.With the highest vertical drop in Australasia (at 783 meters), breath-taking views of Aoraki Mt Cook, and boasting one of NZ’s widest runs, the ski field offers an awesome day on the slopes with terrain to suit all capabilities.

Mt Dobson is best known for natural dry powder snow, trails for all abilities, all day sun and wide open uncrowded runs.

We ski/snowboard until around 3pm before setting off to New Zealand’s largest South Island city, Christchurch.

Rise and shine! We depart Christchurch at 6am and head straight to Porters, best known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You can expect to find fewer people on these slopes and lots of untouched trails. Porter’s lifts run up two distinct valleys: Bluff Face (which towers above the left of the base area) and Big Mama (which towers above the right).

ACCOMODATION

Springfield Lodge

Ready yourself for an epic adventure at Broken River. Born in the early 1950s when the founding members were just 20 and 28 years old, this ski field is a testament to people who are truly passionate about creating amazing snow experiences.

The terrain consists of a large open basin serviced by five electrically driven rope tows. Yes, it’s time to learn how to use those nutcrackers!

Today we’ll head to either Temple Basin or Mt Olympus, depending on weather conditions.

Temple Basin, the club, was founded in 1929 and still has that pioneering feel and represents a true alpine environment at the heart of Arthur’s Pass National Park. We leave those who prefer groomed slopes, a chairlift and lattes at home.

Mt Olympus ski area is also known as ‘the playground of the gods’. The area is a south-facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range – perfect for trapping powder dumps. 450m of vertical drops over 60 hectares of varied terrain provide skiing and riding from beginner to extreme.

When you come off the slopes at the end of a big day we will grab a well-earned drink and dinner (included) at the ultra-cosy Craigieburn Lodge which is our accommodation for the next two nights.

ACCOMODATION

Craigieburn Lodge

Craigieburn has a cult following among locals who love big mountain skiing.

Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging, with the infamous 600m vertical descent of Middle Basin (which is often compared to a heli-skiing experience) accessible by a short traverse from the tow. Craigieburn Valley offers something for everyone – except beginners.

Steep and deep, with wide open powder bowls and lofty narrow chutes accessed by three high-capacity rope tows servicing a vertical rise of 503m, Craigieburn leaves little to be desired.

Dinner tonight at the Craigieburn Lodge is also included.

One last snow day mastering the slopes of Craigieburn before blazing a trail back to Christchurch where your tour ends at around 8pm.

You’re more than welcome to book an additional night of accommodation with us to extend your stay in Christchurch.

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