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12 day Ultimate South Island

12 days starting in Queenstown, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

9 day Essential South Island

9 days starting in Christchurch, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

21 day Classic New Zealand

21 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Luxury 23 day Grand Explorer

23 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

The Essence of New Zealand

14 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Christchurch
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

The Ultimate Middle Earth Tour

17 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Apartments

The Classic 9 day Southern Alps Circuit

9 days starting in Queenstown, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

The Essential Middle Earth Tour of the North Island

10 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Wellington
Accommodation style: Motels

17 day Essential Golf New Zealand

17 days starting in Auckland, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

Wellington to Queenstown classic driving route

8 days starting in Wellington, finishing in Queenstown
Accommodation style: Boutique lodges & hotels

 

Skiing

Why not do a little skiing or snowboarding while you are in New Zealand? Both North and South Islands offer diverse, and particularly New Zealand, skiing experiences.

Compared to many North American or European ski areas New Zealand ski fields are small but un-crowded. Terrain varies with plenty of wide-open bowls and gentle slopes for first-time skiers. For the more adventurous there is ski touring and heli-skiing on offer.

Considering a winter visit? Explore your New Zealand skiing options now or visit Ski New Zealand for a full range of New Zealand ski holiday packages ...

Activity ideas: Coronet Peak Ski Field
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. More »

Activity ideas: The Remarkables Ski Field
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 café. With regular shuttles from Queenstown, childcare for 3 months onwards and lessons for 3yrs+ and complete gear hire on the mountain, this is a fun and easy day out for visitors to the South Island. More »

Activity ideas: Cardrona ski field
Cardrona ski field

Cardrona ski field is located between Wanaka and Queenstown so it’s handy to both alpine resorts.  Set over 345 hectares with 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% advanced there are runs to suit all abilities.  Cardrona offers parks and pipes of different levels for those that enjoy jumps and freestyle snow fun.  If you’re bringing the family, Cardrona has the best facilities for kids with a nursery for 3 months to 3yrs, ski kindy for 3-4 yrs and kids ski school for 5yr+.  There’s also ski school for the big kids no matter your skill level.  With onsite full ski and snowboard gear rental available you don’t have to worry about packing gear and when you need to rest the legs or fuel your fire, there are 5 cafes on the mountain so you’ll find whatever you’re craving. More »

Activity ideas: Treble Cone Ski Field
Treble Cone Ski Field

Treble Cone Ski Field was awarded ‘New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort’ for 2013 and 2014 at the World Ski Awards, so make the trip to Wanaka to check out why. Just a 35 minute drive from Wanaka, Treble Cone offers 550ha of exciting ski area for both skiing and snowboarding as well as spectacular views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps.  TC as it’s known by the locals has the longest ski and snowboard runs in the Queenstown Lakes area, the longest being 4km with a 700m vertical drop – ski to your heart’s content.  With 10% beginner terrain, 45% intermediate terrain and 45% advanced terrain Treble Cone is a fantastic ski field for those wanting to challenge themselves and make the most of their gnarly skills.  When you're not out on the slopes you can enjoy the fare on offer at the café and bar while sitting on the sun deck enjoying the views.  Learner ski and snowboarding packages are available, along with the onsite gear rental, this makes for a hassle free snow experience for visitors to New Zealand.  There are childcare facilities for 3-6yr olds and group kid’s lessons suitable for all abilities.  You can catch the shuttle service from Wanaka and Queenstown, or from the bottom Treble Cone carpark. More »

Activity ideas: Mt Ruapehu ski field - Whakapapa and Turoa
Mt Ruapehu ski field - Whakapapa and Turoa

Mt Ruapehu is the only ski field in the North Island of New Zealand, it also provides the unique experience of skiing on an active volcano and within a World Heritage Area. There are two ski areas, Whakapapa, which covers 1050 hectares with more than 65 trails of varied levels, while Turoa has Australasia’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift.  Both ski areas are approximately 25% beginner, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced with a total of 52 groomed trails across both mountains. Both mountains have terrain parks to hone your tricks and are a short drive from the alpine villages of Ohakune and Whakapapa village. The roads to the mountains can be easily driven in your rental car, and from the lower carpark you can take advantage of the free shuttles to the ski areas. Turoa’s kids centre is a licensed childcare facility for 2-5yrs, with the option of including beginner ski lessons for the youngsters.  Whatever your experience there are snow school lessons available to take you the next level and beginners packages which include everything for a great first day on the snow.  The latest gear can be hired on the mountain, perfect for visitors travelling light and when you need a break there are a variety of on mountain cafes and bars to refuel at. More »

Activity ideas: Roundhill Ski Field
Roundhill Ski Field

Step back in time to the way skiing in New Zealand used to be.  Drive your car right up to the base and pull out your picnic chairs for a relaxed day on the mountain. Roundhill enjoys an enviable position with magnificent views of Mt Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo making a perfect backdrop for those ski and snowboard selfies.  Roundhill is a great destination for learners and those who are a bit rusty.  The wide gentle learner’s area is ideal for first-timers young and old, while the intermediate runs offer just the right mix of fun and thrills.  For the experts in the family, challenge yourself with the world’s longest and steepest rope tow, taking you to the top of Australasia’s largest vertical drop at a staggering 783m.  When you need a break either chill out with a picnic at your car or try the food and beverages from one of the two cafes onsite.  For learners or those wishing to progress, there is a dedicated snowsports school and rental equipment can be hired on the mountain.  More »

Activity ideas: Mt Hutt Ski Field
Mt Hutt Ski Field

Mt Hutt is the most popular ski field in the Canterbury region, and a firm favourite with Christchurch locals. We recommend you stay near the village of Methven which is just a short 40 minute drive to the ski field or take one of the regular shuttles from the village. Mt Hutt offers 365 hectares of skiable terrain for you to explore, with the longest run a lengthy 2km. With its mixture of 25% beginners, 50% intermediate and 25% advanced terrain there are a range of trails for everyone to conquer. Food and beverages are available at Huber’s Hut and Ski High Café where you can recharge your batteries for your next run. For visitors to the South Island it’s easy to hire all the gear you need on the mountain, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm. For the littlies there is a licensed child’s creche for 3 months to 5yrs and a snow sports school for both kids and adults who are finding their snow legs. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields - Lift Pass
Ohau Snow Fields - Lift Pass

Ohau Ski Area caters for all skiing and snowboarding abilities and offers a breath-taking backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Ohau below. This full day lift pass gives access to all lifts, all day. For the beginners, the snow mat takes you to gentle slopes for learning and you can book lessons with the friendly Ohau instructors. Intermediate skiers and boarders are well looked after with 50% of the terrain graded intermediate. Take the double chair lift to the top of the mountain where you’ll ride wide flat slopes down the Boulevard with style. For those looking for more of a challenge, hiking around the tops to access the best powder snow is definitely worth it, not to mention the unbelievable views. Wanting to practice your tricks there are 2 terrain parks, 1 for beginners and an intermediate/advanced park. When you’re ready for a break the day lodge is a cosy space with a log burner, large social tables and the onsite café offers great food and coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields - Ski/Snowboard Hire
Ohau Snow Fields - Ski/Snowboard Hire

Full day hire of skis or a snowboard, boots and poles. More »

Activity ideas: Ohau Snow Fields
Ohau Snow Fields

Ohau Ski Area caters for all skiing and snowboarding abilities and offers a breath-taking backdrop of the Southern Alps and Lake Ohau below.   For the beginners, the snow mat takes you to gentle slopes for learning and you can book lessons with the friendly Ohau instructors.  Intermediate skiers and boarders are well looked after with 50% of the terrain graded intermediate.  Take the double chair lift to the top of the mountain where you’ll ride wide flat slopes down the Boulevard with style.  For those looking for more of a challenge, hiking around the tops to access the best powder snow is definitely worth it, not to mention the unbelievable views.  Wanting to practice your tricks there are 2 terrain parks, 1 for beginners and an intermediate/advanced park.  When you’re ready for a break the day lodge is a cosy space with a log burner, large social tables and the onsite café offers great food and coffee. More »

Activity ideas: Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park

Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park, established in 1887 after the Maori chief Te Heuheu Tukino IV gifted the sacred peaks to the nation. It was also only the fourth place on earth to be given recognition as a World Heritage area. At the heart of the park are three volcanoes, Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe. Despite the barren and sometimes inhospitable environment, the region abounds with flora and fauna. Alpine herbs and flaxes thrive on the upper slopes while dense beech forests cover the lower regions. New Zealand's only native mammals, the short and long tailed bat also make their homes here. More »