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See and Ski New Zealand Tour

Want to see New Zealand but also ski New Zealand - this is the best of both worlds. It combines our absolute love of skiing in one of most scenic places in the world with plenty of exploration away from hard-out skiing.

Combine 6 of our favourite Southern ski fields with the absolute best spots in New Zealand. A country whose landscapes became so famous in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and so steeped in traditional myths and legends of the indigenous Maori peoples. From the glitz and glamour of Queenstown and Wanaka to the getting off the beaten track in the central South Island High Country staying in the towns of Tekapo and Ohau, this small group safari suits everybody in the whole family both skiers and boarders.

 

 

Highlights

  • Ski the South Island gems of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone, Cardrona, Ohau and Roundhill
  • Explore the mighty glacier terminal lake at Mount Cook
  • Take a boat cruise on the legendary Milford Sound and a life-changing scenic flight
  • Hop along the unusual Moeraki Boulders

What's Included

  • All accommodation and ski passes,
  • Flight to Milford Sound and cruise,
  • All breakfasts, dinners at Oahu Lodge, and pizza dinner at night skiing. 

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PRICE: $8,695 NZD

Number of Days 14

Starts: Queenstown Finishes: Queenstown

Tour Type: Small Group Tour

DEPARTURES

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Arriving into Queenstown at your leisure your guide will assemble the group throughout the day. We depart late afternoon for a short trip over the Crown Range. A first foray into the hills that separate Queenstown and our base for the next 4 nights, Wanaka, takes just over an hour.

The Wanaka township sits on the picturesque southern shores of Lake Wanaka with spectacular views down the lake towards Mt Aspiring National Park. Unlike its rowdy cousin back over the hill, Wanaka has retained its sleepy less developed charm making it the perfect spot for us to unwind from any jet lag and warm our legs up with two of the jewels in Southern Hemisphere skiing: Cardrona and Treble Cone.

Arguably boasting the most scenic outlook of New Zealand's ski fields, Treble Cone might also lay claim to having the most challenging terrain in the Southern Hemisphere. There is no arguing that is the longest ski run in the South at over 4km with a 700m vertical drop. You will love the friendly mountain purist feel of Treble Cone compared with it's regional neighbours.

The Cardrona Valley and the ski resort lay to the South of Lake Wanaka, a short drive away. The wide open beginner trails and pristine groomed runs for all levels gives this mountain a real friendly family feeling. Plus the huge playground of massive jumps, and world class parks and pipes are a site to behold. This year Cardrona boasts a new high speed chairlift opening even more beginner and intermediate terrain which we simply can't wait to try. 

From our base in Wanaka we fly over Aspiring National Park and to the wonderful Milford Sound where we cruise in the Fjords with one of the smaller more intimate boat operators. You will see towering waterfalls, deep fjords, and hopefully some locals (dusky dolphins, fur seals and blue penguins).

It is a bit sad leaving Wanaka but our next step is even more homely as we head in to the high country and remote Ohau Lodge. Ohau is a small family run commercial ski field in the heart of the Southern Alps. It is much known for its spectacular off piste skiing, it's small but has all the amenities needed for a fun day out and the locals are just so cool. It's off the beaten track but well worth the trip. 

ACCOMODATION

Our accommodation is at the bottom of the hill in the Lodge

After two nights at Ohau we head North to the village of Tekapo. But first we divert for the day to the foot of the highest peak in Oceania - Mt Cook. Our day's journey takes us up the side of the milky blue Lake Pukaki. At Mt Cook National Park we will take a short hike to the Tasman Glacier terminal lake. 

Our home for the next three nights is the aptly named Tekapo. Or more correctly in Maori 'Takapo - the components of which “taka” and “po” mean, respectively, "sleeping mat" and "night". In the evenings, take time to look up - while the view out across the lake and into Mount Cook National Park is stunning, it is the night sky that has put Tekapo on the map. In fact, the unpolluted panorama stuffed with stars is so good it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If weather allows we have the option of visiting the Mt John Observatory for a nights viewing.

Our ski day takes us to another family run field high in alps - Ski Roundhill. There is perhaps nothing more relaxing in the world than a drink overlooking the huge glacial rivers and Lake Tekapo at the von Brown hut in the late afternoon sun. Ski Roundhill is not just all easy family skiing though! The 1.4k Heritage Express Tow is not only the world’s longest tow but opens up masses of incredible off-piste terrain for most levels when the snow is right.

Tekapo is also the ideal place to do absolutely nothing. Maybe read a book, take a stroll along the lake front up Mt John for a spectacular coffee spot or soak away the travel weariness in the Teakpo Hot Springs. Of course, not everyone needs a little downtime so we also have the options of ice-skating, tubing, mountain biking, more skiing at nearby Mt Dobson (or Roundhill again) or doing a very New Zealand thing and going Heli-skiing high up in the powder of the Southern Alps.

Today is a big travel day back south to Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the world! But before you can hit the glitz, glamour, adrenalin and nightlife we deviate to New Zealand East Coast and the strange natural phenomenon of the Moeraki Boulders. Measuring up to 3 metres in diameter the huge boulders are plopped onto the Koekohe Beach like a petanque game played by giants. Time permitting we will also we’ll pop into gastronomic pleasures of Fleur’s place for a cuppa before heading south west back to Queenstown.

We will arrive late this night into Queenstown - but not late enough for those who want to sample some of the 100 odd licensed establishments staying open late into the wee hours of the morning. The upmarket facade and high-class shopping hide the true adventure playground in the Queenstown surrounds. There are coffee shops, great bars and a huge variety of restaurants. Not to mention the home of Bungy Jumping, jet-boating, mountain biking, paragliding and zip-lining - just some of the everyday adrenalin activities that made this town so hot. For the next five nights we roam and ski and adventure and eat and drink and simply love life!

Coronet Peak is truly an international ski field and has one of the most interesting fall lines you’ll ever ski within the bounds of a ski field. Its undulating and varied terrain make it a dream ski where no two runs are the same, while the onsite facilities are outstanding. Our favourite past time is a pizza and a classic regional Pinot Noir wine at European style Heidi's Hutt. We will also hit the slopes for a night ski when the mountain comes alive under hundreds of lights and the atmosphere turns into a unique combination of skiing and music and socialising.

Higher than Coronet Peak, the Remarkables has something for everyone. Off piste chutes with names like elevator to long open cruising terrain ideal for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. The brand new base building makes The Remarkables a really attractive place to hang out a bit, ski a bit, hang out a bit, ski a bit more!

We will mix our last two days skiing with more fantastic off-snow outings as the weather determines. On one such day we will spend the morning wandering around Arrowtown – an iconic piece of New Zealand gold mining history. Dating back to 1860 this quaint town has preserved it's history throughout the main street and shop fronts.

There is the opportunity for those that have just not had enough adventure to cycle back to Queenstown along the Wakatipu Trail stopping for coffee at Milbrook or taking in the picturesque Lake Hayes. The afternoon can be spent exploring the shops and waterfront eateries of Queenstown or taking a ride up the Gondola for that iconic panoramic photo opportunity (and some mad luging), or heading out for an afternoon cruise on the Lady of the Lake – the Turn Screw Steamship Earnslaw.

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