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12 Day South Island Snow Odyssey

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Overview

Intermediate and experienced skiers and snowboarders

The 12 Day South Island Snow Odyssey is a truly amazing adventure that allows you access to some of the smaller and more secluded ski fields of the South Island. Queenstown’s more commercial ski fields are attractive options but the ones you will explore on this trip have a different kind of appeal. Not only are they surrounded by the most beautiful scenery but the local history is also very much alive in these parts.

Over a period of 12 exciting days, you will discover all that 8 different mountains have to offer. The mountains included in this trip are Mt Olympus, Porter Heights, Craigeburn, Temple Basin, Mt Dobson, Broken River, Treble Cone and Ohau. While you might not be familiar with Craigeburn, Temple Basin and Broken River, you will most certainly love every minute and every view.

This tour is best suited for intermediate and experienced skiers and snowboarders only. All tours begin on a Sunday and come to a conclusion on a Thursday. This means that you are free to extend your holiday in Wanaka and Queenstown.

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Snow Odyssey Ski Tour

Itinerary

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Day 1Christchurch to Porter Heights

We depart Haka Lodge at 7am and pick up our hire gear (for those that need it) en-route to Porter Heights, known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Porter’s lifts run up two distinct valleys: Big Mama (which towers above the right of the base area) and Bluff Face (which towers above the left). At 620m, Big Mama boasts one of the largest vertical drops in one lift-accessed run in NZ.

Easy backcountry riding is available from the top of the T3 T-Bar.

For the next 3 nights we stay in Springfield, a snow sports enthusiasts haven, complete with relaxing spa pool.

Day 2Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus ski area, dubbed ‘the playground of the gods’, is the first of many club ski fields you will experience on tour. 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 intermediate to extreme.

From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of choices with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens up even more terrain in this wide open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes!

Don’t worry if you have not ridden tows before – our Tour Manager will help you with your technique and most people take a few times to get it right; it’s all part of the experience! Tow protection gloves provided.

Day 3Temple Basin

Our day starts off with a 45 minute walk from the car park, taking in some of the most spectacular views of the Arthurs Pass National Park, Mt Rolleston and the surrounding mountains.

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 latte’s at home.

Renowned for its steep and big mountain terrain, you have the choice of three tows: Cassidy (sunny smooth runs), Temple (faster & steeper) and Downhill (ridgeline and advances terrain). We can also check out the awesome chutes at Bills Basin and the popular backcountry area of Mingha Valley.

Day 4Craigieburn

For big mountain skiing, Craigieburn has a well-deserved cult following among Kiwis. 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, Craigeburn leaves little to be desired.

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.

And when you come off the hill at the end of a big day, we will grab a well-earned drink at the ultra-cosy Craigeburn Lodge which is also our accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 5Broken River

Get ready for a true adventure at Broken River. This ski field was born in the early 1950s when the founding members were only 20 and 28 years old. Their hard work and dedication brings you this now well-established ski field.

The terrain here consists of a large open basin serviced by five electrically driven, high capacity rope tows.

The highest point is 1820 meters and the total vertical is 420 metres, with lots of off-piste terrain available. A short trek offers access to the back basins, Craigieburn Valley and some incredible terrain. After exploring Broken River, we spend our second night at Craigeburn Lodge.

Day 6Mt Dobson

This morning we wake up alongside the turquoise Lake Tekapo, just a stone’s throw from Mt Dobson ski field. This mountain is famous for its all day sun, stunning scenery, groomed trails and an awesome off-piste … what more could we ask for?

Like many of the mountains we have visited, Mt Dobson also has that laid back and friendly Kiwi vibe, along with some really cool features like the large natural half pipe and miles of untracked snow. Mt Dobson is a definite treat for those wanting to explore uncrowded trails.

A rope tow, platter, T-Bar and triple chairlift provide access to a variety of intermediate and advanced runs serving 14 trails over an area of 400 hectares.

Tonight there is the option of relaxing under the stars in the Lake Tekapo hot pools . . .Bliss!

Day 7Lake Tekapo

This is a non-ski day but it does depend on the weather. If we missed out on skiing during any of the previous days, we will make up for it today. Also, if we have some great fresh powder, why not make the most of it, right?

We first enjoy breakfast before leaving Craigieburn Lodge and travel south. We make a planned stop at Sheffield where, in our opinion, you will get to enjoy the best pie in the world!

We then continue on to the lovely Lake Tekapo. Here we can visit a salmon farm where nothing but the freshest sushi is served. You can also decide if you’d like to take a stroll around the lake or simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings. In the evening, it’s time to head for Mt John to enjoy some star gazing. This is a dark sky reserve so you will have the opportunity to witness the starry sky as you’ve never seen it before thanks to extremely powerful telescopes.

Day 8Ohau

For the next two days we ski Ohau - an off-piste heaven with plenty of challenging terrain and good hiking to access the wide open powder bowls from the ridge line.

Nestled deep in the spectacular Mackenzie High Country, Ohau is one of the favourite ski-fields for experienced skiers and snowboarders in New Zealand. Whilst the ski area is contained within one valley and is reasonably small at only 125 hectares, the skier to hectare ratio is also incredibly small.

A highlight of this trip is the two nights we stay at Lake Ohau Lodge near the shores of the lake. Even though it has the incredibly friendly culture of a ski lodge, it is actually run more like a hotel and we totally love the ‘faded glamour’, roaring open fires and panoramic lake views of this property.

For the next two evenings, a ‘high country fare’ three course meal is included (vegetarian options available). You'll also enjoy two hot breakfasts while here.

Day 9Ohau

Day two of Ohau, and we keep rolling. Wake up fresh from your night at Ohau Lodge and get ready to do it all again.

As with every morning, breakfast is included. However, today is slightly different; we sit down and enjoy the hospitality of the Ohau staff as they serve you breakfast in the dining room. Eat up! You’ll want plenty of energy for another day on the slopes.

Day 10Ohau - Wanaka

After breakfast we continue our journey south to Wanaka from Ohau. Today is an allocated non-ski day but, once again, the same rules apply from day six: if it has dumped, or if we have missed a ski day previously, we are off skiing.

Today you can skydive over Lake Wanaka, hire a mountain bike or just soak in the laid back ambience of Wanaka.

Optional Extras:

Skydiving over Southern Alps 

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride 

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Heli-Skiing Wanaka 

A world class experience in the majestic Mount Aspiring National Park. The runs are long and the powder is dry. A simply superb, high altitude adventure which will get your legs burning.

Suitable for advanced skiers and riders only.

Day 11Wanaka

Today you have the choice of chilling out in the haven that is Wanaka or taking part in an optional activity, such as Sky Diving or Heli Skiing.

Wanaka is a great place to relax and recharge your batteries - with some great lakeside cafe's and restaurants to discover. Your guide will have plenty of recommendations.

Tonight we enjoy our last night together with an end of tour dinner - where we have a few beers, a great meal, and a few laughs of course.

Optional Extras:

Skydiving over Southern Alps 

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Heli-Skiing Wanaka 

A world class experience in the majestic Mount Aspiring National Park. The runs are long and the powder is dry. A simply superb, high altitude adventure which will get your legs burning.

Suitable for advanced skiers and riders only.

Day 12Treble Cone

Treble Cone (TC) is our destination today and it is often referred to as the favourite ski field in the Southern Lakes. It offers advanced and challenging runs with un-groomed powder and a generous supply of chutes, hits and natural pipes.

With a total of 550 hectares, this ski area is spread out over three great basins. TC is home to the longest vertical rises in the Southern Lakes, measuring 705m, as well as the longest groomed intermediate runs, at 4km, and to top it all you will be able to enjoy the most memorable views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Apsiring. It is the largest ski area in the South Island with something for everyone.

This evening we will make our way back to Wanaka where we will make the most of our final night together over our special dinner to mark the end of the tour.

Day 13Wanaka to Christchurch

Today is our departure day, but first we hit Treble Cone (TC), which features challenging runs, un-groomed powder and a huge abundance of infamous natural pipes, chutes and hits.

Spread over three large basins and covering 550 hectares, TC has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), longest groomed intermediate runs (4km) and spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring. You have the option to extend your trip in Wanaka, grab a shuttle to Queenstown where we have our own Lodge, or drive back to Christchurch with the tour group.

We depart Wanaka at 4pm to arrive back into Christchurch at approximately 10pm. Most people opt to add an extra nights accommodation in Christchurch due to our late arrival.

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Christchurch to Porter Heights

We depart Haka Lodge at 7am and pick up our hire gear (for those that need it) en-route to Porter Heights, known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Porter’s lifts run up two distinct valleys: Big Mama (which towers above the right of the base area) and Bluff Face (which towers above the left). At 620m, Big Mama boasts one of the largest vertical drops in one lift-accessed run in NZ.

Easy backcountry riding is available from the top of the T3 T-Bar.

For the next 3 nights we stay in Springfield, a snow sports enthusiasts haven, complete with relaxing spa pool.

Day 2Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus ski area, dubbed ‘the playground of the gods’, is the first of many club ski fields you will experience on tour. 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 intermediate to extreme.

From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of choices with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens up even more terrain in this wide open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes!

Don’t worry if you have not ridden tows before – our Tour Manager will help you with your technique and most people take a few times to get it right; it’s all part of the experience! Tow protection gloves provided.

Day 3Temple Basin

Our day starts off with a 45 minute walk from the car park, taking in some of the most spectacular views of the Arthurs Pass National Park, Mt Rolleston and the surrounding mountains.

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 latte’s at home.

Renowned for its steep and big mountain terrain, you have the choice of three tows: Cassidy (sunny smooth runs), Temple (faster & steeper) and Downhill (ridgeline and advances terrain). We can also check out the awesome chutes at Bills Basin and the popular backcountry area of Mingha Valley.

Day 4Craigieburn

For big mountain skiing, Craigieburn has a well-deserved cult following among Kiwis. 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, Craigeburn leaves little to be desired.

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.

And when you come off the hill at the end of a big day, we will grab a well-earned drink at the ultra-cosy Craigeburn Lodge which is also our accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 5Broken River

Get ready for a true adventure at Broken River. This ski field was born in the early 1950s when the founding members were only 20 and 28 years old. Their hard work and dedication brings you this now well-established ski field.

The terrain here consists of a large open basin serviced by five electrically driven, high capacity rope tows.

The highest point is 1820 meters and the total vertical is 420 metres, with lots of off-piste terrain available. A short trek offers access to the back basins, Craigieburn Valley and some incredible terrain. After exploring Broken River, we spend our second night at Craigeburn Lodge.

Day 6Mt Dobson

This morning we wake up alongside the turquoise Lake Tekapo, just a stone’s throw from Mt Dobson ski field. This mountain is famous for its all day sun, stunning scenery, groomed trails and an awesome off-piste … what more could we ask for?

Like many of the mountains we have visited, Mt Dobson also has that laid back and friendly Kiwi vibe, along with some really cool features like the large natural half pipe and miles of untracked snow. Mt Dobson is a definite treat for those wanting to explore uncrowded trails.

A rope tow, platter, T-Bar and triple chairlift provide access to a variety of intermediate and advanced runs serving 14 trails over an area of 400 hectares.

Tonight there is the option of relaxing under the stars in the Lake Tekapo hot pools . . .Bliss!

Day 7Lake Tekapo

This is a non-ski day but it does depend on the weather. If we missed out on skiing during any of the previous days, we will make up for it today. Also, if we have some great fresh powder, why not make the most of it, right?

We first enjoy breakfast before leaving Craigieburn Lodge and travel south. We make a planned stop at Sheffield where, in our opinion, you will get to enjoy the best pie in the world!

We then continue on to the lovely Lake Tekapo. Here we can visit a salmon farm where nothing but the freshest sushi is served. You can also decide if you’d like to take a stroll around the lake or simply relax and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings. In the evening, it’s time to head for Mt John to enjoy some star gazing. This is a dark sky reserve so you will have the opportunity to witness the starry sky as you’ve never seen it before thanks to extremely powerful telescopes.

Day 8Ohau

For the next two days we ski Ohau - an off-piste heaven with plenty of challenging terrain and good hiking to access the wide open powder bowls from the ridge line.

Nestled deep in the spectacular Mackenzie High Country, Ohau is one of the favourite ski-fields for experienced skiers and snowboarders in New Zealand. Whilst the ski area is contained within one valley and is reasonably small at only 125 hectares, the skier to hectare ratio is also incredibly small.

A highlight of this trip is the two nights we stay at Lake Ohau Lodge near the shores of the lake. Even though it has the incredibly friendly culture of a ski lodge, it is actually run more like a hotel and we totally love the ‘faded glamour’, roaring open fires and panoramic lake views of this property.

For the next two evenings, a ‘high country fare’ three course meal is included (vegetarian options available). You'll also enjoy two hot breakfasts while here.

Day 9Ohau

Day two of Ohau, and we keep rolling. Wake up fresh from your night at Ohau Lodge and get ready to do it all again.

As with every morning, breakfast is included. However, today is slightly different; we sit down and enjoy the hospitality of the Ohau staff as they serve you breakfast in the dining room. Eat up! You’ll want plenty of energy for another day on the slopes.

Day 10Ohau - Wanaka

After breakfast we continue our journey south to Wanaka from Ohau. Today is an allocated non-ski day but, once again, the same rules apply from day six: if it has dumped, or if we have missed a ski day previously, we are off skiing.

Today you can skydive over Lake Wanaka, hire a mountain bike or just soak in the laid back ambience of Wanaka.

Optional Extras:

Skydiving over Southern Alps 

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride 

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Heli-Skiing Wanaka 

A world class experience in the majestic Mount Aspiring National Park. The runs are long and the powder is dry. A simply superb, high altitude adventure which will get your legs burning.

Suitable for advanced skiers and riders only.

Day 11Wanaka

Today you have the choice of chilling out in the haven that is Wanaka or taking part in an optional activity, such as Sky Diving or Heli Skiing.

Wanaka is a great place to relax and recharge your batteries - with some great lakeside cafe's and restaurants to discover. Your guide will have plenty of recommendations.

Tonight we enjoy our last night together with an end of tour dinner - where we have a few beers, a great meal, and a few laughs of course.

Optional Extras:

Skydiving over Southern Alps 

Scared? Believe it or not, 15,000 feet is recommended over 12,000 feet because you have more time to adjust to the freefall.

Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride

See Lake Wanaka like you've never seen it before in a 1941 open cockpit bi-plane

Heli-Skiing Wanaka 

A world class experience in the majestic Mount Aspiring National Park. The runs are long and the powder is dry. A simply superb, high altitude adventure which will get your legs burning.

Suitable for advanced skiers and riders only.

Day 12Treble Cone

Treble Cone (TC) is our destination today and it is often referred to as the favourite ski field in the Southern Lakes. It offers advanced and challenging runs with un-groomed powder and a generous supply of chutes, hits and natural pipes.

With a total of 550 hectares, this ski area is spread out over three great basins. TC is home to the longest vertical rises in the Southern Lakes, measuring 705m, as well as the longest groomed intermediate runs, at 4km, and to top it all you will be able to enjoy the most memorable views of Lake Wanaka and Mount Apsiring. It is the largest ski area in the South Island with something for everyone.

This evening we will make our way back to Wanaka where we will make the most of our final night together over our special dinner to mark the end of the tour.

Day 13Wanaka to Christchurch

Today is our departure day, but first we hit Treble Cone (TC), which features challenging runs, un-groomed powder and a huge abundance of infamous natural pipes, chutes and hits.

Spread over three large basins and covering 550 hectares, TC has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), longest groomed intermediate runs (4km) and spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring. You have the option to extend your trip in Wanaka, grab a shuttle to Queenstown where we have our own Lodge, or drive back to Christchurch with the tour group.

We depart Wanaka at 4pm to arrive back into Christchurch at approximately 10pm. Most people opt to add an extra nights accommodation in Christchurch due to our late arrival.

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