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New Zealand South Island Snow Tour

New Zealand is home to some epic ski fields, and the majority of these are on New Zealand’s EPIC South Island. Ditch the summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and check out the best snow in the Southern Hemisphere from June to September.  

This 7 Day, six-mountain, fully guided and supported tour is the best possible way for you to experience skiing or snowboarding in New Zealand. The tour departs and arrives from Christchurch, and along the way you’ll get to check out six of the South Island‘s BEST ski fields. Don’t worry about mountain transfers, getting from one ski field to the next, icy roads or finding the best Pow, we’ve got all of that sorted for you. 

There are different packages, depending on your ski / snowboarding skill level. Some include lessons and gear, others are strictly lift passes, all are bloody great value. More details below: 

  • Option 1: Lift pass and hire gear HOT DEAL - $1,850.00
  • Option 2: Lift pass pack only HOT DEAL - $1,750.00
  • Option 3: Lift pass, hire gear and lessons HOT DEAL - $1,950.00
  • Note: Private room upgrades for only $499.00

Highlights

  • Experience the South Island's best ski towns: Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Ohau, Wanaka and Queenstown
  • Dedicated driver guide and mountain expert
  • Rentals available (extra cost)
  • Enjoy a free day in Queenstown

What's Included

  • All transport and mountain transfers
  • 6 x Lift Passes to 6 different mountains
  • Expert tour manager
  • Advice to help improve your skiing or snowboarding technique
  • Small Group of 16 passengers max
  • Accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Breakfast
  • Hot Pools entry in Lake Tekapo
  • Available as add on: Lessons and Equipment Hire 

Important Notes

  • Departure Time / Location: 6am in Haka Lodge Christchurch
  • Finish Time / Location: Arriving at approximately 10.30pm at Haka Lodge Christchurch

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WAS: $1,799 NZD
NOW: $1,750 NZD

Number of Days 7

Starts: Christchurch Finishes: Christchurch

Tour Type: Small Group Tour

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Kia Ora and welcome to Christchurch. We kick off first thing this morning at 0630am, so you'll need to have arrived the night before!

We head off to Mt Hutt, and on the way we stop at the ski / board shop if you need to hire gear. Mt Hutt is the pride of Canterbury, and certainly one of the best ski fields on the South Island on a fine day! A big mountain (365 skiable hectares) with great terrain, this ski field is an awesome winter experience for all first timers and seasoned powder hounds.

ACCOMODATION

Tekapo YHA (dorm), Scenic Resort (private upgrade)

After spending the night in the cool little lakeside town of Tekapo, we set off today for Ohau - a remote ski field which can be found midway between Christchurch and Queenstown.

Ohau caters for all abilities, with snow ratings of 20% beginner, 50% intermediate and 30% advanced. From the highest point of 1,925 metres, there is a 400 metre vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’ (a wonderful ride for beginners on a safe, groomed trail as wide as a highway).

This is a classic New Zealand ski field, a huge contrast to the modern resorts at Queenstown and Wanaka. It's an epic place, and a local's favorite. 

After a day at Ohau, we drive to Wanaka so we are ready to start day three bright and early.

ACCOMODATION

YHA Wanaka Purple Cow

Today we wake up in the beautiful, chilled out resort town of Wanaka. After a day of skiing, it's the perfect place for Apres Ski drinks - but first we're off to Treble Cone, or TC as the locals call it. 

This is an epic mountain and probably features the best views of any of New Zealand's ski fields. There are long runs, great off-piste terrain to play with and fast lifts. There is also a purpose built learners area to suit all ages and abilities.

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.

You'll love the nightlife in Wanaka, and you'll be ready for a drink after three straight days of skiing or snowboarding!

ACCOMODATION

YHA Purple Cow Wanaka

Today we leave Wanaka, en route for Queenstown, but along the way we stop for a day of skiing at Cardrona. Cardrona is known for its inspiring terrain and dry, natural snow. 

Cardrona's three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mix of terrain that's suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities. On-mountain facilities include five cafes, a shop, hire facilities and a workshop. It's a great ski-field, and if you're wrecked from the last days of skiing or boarding, it's also a great place to relax in the sun at their fantastic cafe. 

There's also a great park and half-pipe, so if you fancy yourself an X-Games style skiier or boarder, go mad!

After the day we drive across the scenic Crown Range and arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.  

ACCOMODATION

Haka Lodge

Today is yours to explore Queenstown. There aren't any lift-passes included today, but if you're keen you can choose to buy these at your own expense and ski or ride The Remarkables or Coronet Peak. You can also pick from a huge range of adventure activities - everything from bungy jumping, to jet boating, to sky diving and more. 

Queenstown is also a great place to relax. Head out for a walk, rent a bike or just chill in one of the town's many lakeside cafes. 

The nightlife here is even better than Wanaka, so if you wish you can get your party on tonight. 

ACCOMODATION

Haka Lodge Queenstown

We stick to Queenstown today, and check out the oldest and most developed ski field in New Zealand - Coronet Peak. Spread across a broad mountain, the field is wide and sunny with an astounding variety of runs, and the on-field facilities are some of the best around. Everything is designed to ensure you make the most of skiing and boarding.

If you're here on a Friday or Sunday, you can night ski under the lights until 10pm. 

After a big day on the mountain, you can relax back at the lodge or hit the town for another night - it's your last night of the tour!

ACCOMODATION

Haka Lodge Queenstown

It's the last day of the tour today, and we go out with a bang. We are heading up "The Remarks" - the ski field that sits behind Queenstown's iconic mountain range, The Remarkables. 

This is a Queenstown classic, and one that has seen a load of development over the past years. The road is now paved half way up the mountain, there is a new base building and a high speed 6 seater lift. The skiing / riding is superb, with loads of off-piste options, a fantastic park and a real "Big Mountain" feel. We can't think of a better place to end your ski or snowboard tour. 

Today we will ski / snowboard until mid-afternoon, when we then make the journey back to Christchurch, aiming to arrive by approximately 10.30pm.

You have the option of booking an extra night’s accommodation in Christchurch or extending your stay in Queenstown post tour. If you're booking your flights before the tour, you can also book a departing flight from Queenstown to save you the journey back to Christchurch. 

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