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6 Day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner Ski Self-Drive

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6

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$1905

South Island
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Overview

Make your first ski adventure memorable with our 6 Day Wanaka and Cardrona Beginner Ski Holiday in New Zealand. This ski trip includes centrally-located Wanaka accommodation and with 3 days on the snow at Cardrona or Treble Cone ski resorts, you'll go from zero to hero in no time!  

Spend your extra days exploring the beautiful town of Wanaka New Zealand. Visit a world-renowned winery or eat your way around the many Wanaka restaurants and cafes.

Our Covid Policy

In light of the global impacts of COVID-19, we continue to work with our partners to provide the greatest client flexibility in an ever-changing climate. Where itineraries need to change due to COVID-19 restrictions we will waive our amendment fees and work closely with third-party suppliers so that they do the same. Any payments you have made will be put into credit and held in trust until you are ready to make plans to travel again.

Wanaka ski cardrona treble cone

Wanaka ski cardrona treble cone

Wanaka ski cardrona treble cone

Wanaka ski cardrona treble cone

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Welcome to South Island!

Collect your rental car
This tour can be priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUV's.

Queenstown to Wanaka
Leaving Queenstown you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Wanaka.

Arrive into Wanaka and collect your lift pass
Welcome to Wanaka for your winter ski or snowboarding holiday. It’s not just the skiing that makes Wanaka a fantastic winter destination, there’s also the spectacular scenery, amazing adventures, and endless activities to keep you entertained when you’re not on the slopes. After each action-packed day, you’ll also find a superb variety of cafes and restaurants to relax and refuel at.

Today we recommend you visit the Cardrona Alpine Resort Office located at the corner of Helwick and Dunmore Streets and collect your lift pass. This will save you heaps of time tomorrow as you’ll avoid the morning queues and can head straight to the mountain with more time to ski and ride. When you visit the Cardrona Wanaka Office please take your Ski New Zealand itinerary with you as the staff will need the reference number off this. Each person in your group receives their own card and must collect their own card as your photo will be taken at the time of issue. All your lift passes, rental equipment, lessons, etc will be loaded onto your card.

Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 2Cardrona Ski Resort: Intro to skiing or boarding

2 day Cardrona First Timer Package

Cardrona is perfect for first timer skiers and boarders with easy learner lift and wide open beginner trails with beautiful views. Your 2 day package includes rental equipment each day which consists of skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots, depending on your sport. On day 1 of your package you'll be introduced to the equipment and the learner's area with a full day's conveyor pass for the learner's slope and two group lessons with a professional instructor. Your 2 hour morning lesson teaches the basics, including how to master sliding, stopping and turning safely and effectively on gentle slopes. The 2 hour afternoon lesson is to further develop your skills and to support you as you explore more terrain. The second day of your package doesn't have to be taken consecutively, so you can have a rest in between if needed. On day 2 you'll have a full chairlift pass, so access to the entire mountain and another 2 hour group lesson to build on those skills you learnt on your first day.

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing
Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.

Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 3Day 2 of Skiing

Continue to develop those impressive snow skills you've been working on

Another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort
Another day at the incredible Southern Alps playground, Cardrona. With 400 hectares of terrain there's plenty of runs waiting to be discovered. Go on, get out there!

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing

Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.

Day 4Free Day in Wanaka

The alpine village of Wanaka sits on the shores of the third largest lake in the Queenstown Lakes District and is surrounded by the southern alps. Wanaka draws those seeking adventure, spectacular scenery and a relaxed atmosphere.


During winter the town's population more than triples as snow sports enthusiasts flock to the local ski fields of Treble Cone and Cardrona. Known as the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is a walker's paradise of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. For those seeking an adrenaline rush try skydiving, rock-climbing, jet boating or choose a scenic flight over Wanaka in a historic Tiger Moth aeroplane.


Puzzling World Great Maze and Illusion Rooms
Puzzling World is a world unique attraction specialising in puzzling eccentricity. For over 35 years this remarkable business has entertained and amazed visitors of all ages. Offering the world's first "modern-styled" Great Maze, incredible Illusion Rooms, a Puzzle Centre/Cafe and eccentric architecture and oddities. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Wanaka Wine Tours Boutique Central Otago Wine Trail
This small group wine tour (maximum 8) offers a relaxed and personal introduction to the wines and scenery of the Central Otago region. This tour is a great way to explore award-winning vineyards hidden amongst the rugged landscape of Central Otago. Visit and enjoy tastings at 4 Central Otago vineyards including a delicious mid-afternoon platter to enjoy with your tastings. You'll also discover the history of the region with a visit to Old Cromwell Town, a charming heritage precinct that has been revitalised into a boutique arts and crafts village.

Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 5Final Day on the Slopes

Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field 1 Day Lift Pass

The dual-mountain pass is the most flexible way to ski or snowboard in Wanaka. With this pass you have the freedom to choose from 850 hectares of NZ's best skiing and snowboarding terrain at Cardrona or Treble Cone.
Don't own your own gear or snow clothing, or not sure if your skills are up to scratch?
No worries, chat to us about adding rentals and lessons.

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing
Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.


SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cardrona Distillery Classic Tour
The tour includes a journey through the working distillery and barrelhouse and finishes with a tutored tasting of Cardrona Distillery's artisan spirits.


Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 6Depart Queenstown

Wanaka to Queenstown
Leaving Wanaka you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Queenstown.

Your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport and catching your next flight
Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Queenstown adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catching your flight.

Cost per person with rental car (twin-share)

June 2021 - October 2021

  • Adult: from NZ$1,905

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Welcome to South Island!

Collect your rental car
This tour can be priced with any of the rental cars available in our fantastic range, from economy hatchbacks to prestige saloons and SUV's.

Queenstown to Wanaka
Leaving Queenstown you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Wanaka.

Arrive into Wanaka and collect your lift pass
Welcome to Wanaka for your winter ski or snowboarding holiday. It’s not just the skiing that makes Wanaka a fantastic winter destination, there’s also the spectacular scenery, amazing adventures, and endless activities to keep you entertained when you’re not on the slopes. After each action-packed day, you’ll also find a superb variety of cafes and restaurants to relax and refuel at.

Today we recommend you visit the Cardrona Alpine Resort Office located at the corner of Helwick and Dunmore Streets and collect your lift pass. This will save you heaps of time tomorrow as you’ll avoid the morning queues and can head straight to the mountain with more time to ski and ride. When you visit the Cardrona Wanaka Office please take your Ski New Zealand itinerary with you as the staff will need the reference number off this. Each person in your group receives their own card and must collect their own card as your photo will be taken at the time of issue. All your lift passes, rental equipment, lessons, etc will be loaded onto your card.

Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 2Cardrona Ski Resort: Intro to skiing or boarding

2 day Cardrona First Timer Package

Cardrona is perfect for first timer skiers and boarders with easy learner lift and wide open beginner trails with beautiful views. Your 2 day package includes rental equipment each day which consists of skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots, depending on your sport. On day 1 of your package you'll be introduced to the equipment and the learner's area with a full day's conveyor pass for the learner's slope and two group lessons with a professional instructor. Your 2 hour morning lesson teaches the basics, including how to master sliding, stopping and turning safely and effectively on gentle slopes. The 2 hour afternoon lesson is to further develop your skills and to support you as you explore more terrain. The second day of your package doesn't have to be taken consecutively, so you can have a rest in between if needed. On day 2 you'll have a full chairlift pass, so access to the entire mountain and another 2 hour group lesson to build on those skills you learnt on your first day.

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing
Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.

Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 3Day 2 of Skiing

Continue to develop those impressive snow skills you've been working on

Another day at Cardrona Alpine Resort
Another day at the incredible Southern Alps playground, Cardrona. With 400 hectares of terrain there's plenty of runs waiting to be discovered. Go on, get out there!

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing

Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.

Day 4Free Day in Wanaka

The alpine village of Wanaka sits on the shores of the third largest lake in the Queenstown Lakes District and is surrounded by the southern alps. Wanaka draws those seeking adventure, spectacular scenery and a relaxed atmosphere.


During winter the town's population more than triples as snow sports enthusiasts flock to the local ski fields of Treble Cone and Cardrona. Known as the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is a walker's paradise of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. For those seeking an adrenaline rush try skydiving, rock-climbing, jet boating or choose a scenic flight over Wanaka in a historic Tiger Moth aeroplane.


Puzzling World Great Maze and Illusion Rooms
Puzzling World is a world unique attraction specialising in puzzling eccentricity. For over 35 years this remarkable business has entertained and amazed visitors of all ages. Offering the world's first "modern-styled" Great Maze, incredible Illusion Rooms, a Puzzle Centre/Cafe and eccentric architecture and oddities. 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Wanaka Wine Tours Boutique Central Otago Wine Trail
This small group wine tour (maximum 8) offers a relaxed and personal introduction to the wines and scenery of the Central Otago region. This tour is a great way to explore award-winning vineyards hidden amongst the rugged landscape of Central Otago. Visit and enjoy tastings at 4 Central Otago vineyards including a delicious mid-afternoon platter to enjoy with your tastings. You'll also discover the history of the region with a visit to Old Cromwell Town, a charming heritage precinct that has been revitalised into a boutique arts and crafts village.

Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 5Final Day on the Slopes

Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field 1 Day Lift Pass

The dual-mountain pass is the most flexible way to ski or snowboard in Wanaka. With this pass you have the freedom to choose from 850 hectares of NZ's best skiing and snowboarding terrain at Cardrona or Treble Cone.
Don't own your own gear or snow clothing, or not sure if your skills are up to scratch?
No worries, chat to us about adding rentals and lessons.

Cardrona & Treble Cone Rental Clothing
Make life simpler and hire your clothing for Cardrona or Treble Cone ski field up on the mountain. Cardrona and Treble Cone have a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out. Hire up the mountain and have the option of dropping off in Wanaka or Queenstown at the end of your ski holiday.


SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Cardrona Distillery Classic Tour
The tour includes a journey through the working distillery and barrelhouse and finishes with a tutored tasting of Cardrona Distillery's artisan spirits.


Accommodation - Clearbrook Motel and Serviced Apartments

Day 6Depart Queenstown

Wanaka to Queenstown
Leaving Wanaka you head over New Zealand's highest sealed road, Crown Range Road before dropping into Queenstown.

Your final morning in Queenstown before driving to the airport and catching your next flight
Depending on when your flight departs you might have time for one last Queenstown adventure before dropping your car off at the airport and catching your flight.

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