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7 Day South Island Snow Safari from Christchurch

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7

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Overview

This snow tour starts in Christchurch - an early introduction sees you straight off on your first snow experience at Mt Hutt, one of the South Island's biggest ski fields! On day 2 we visit Ohau for a true NZ club field experience, before travelling to Wanaka and Queenstown for 3 or 4 days of solid fun on the slopes of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone and Cardrona. We break up your holiday on day 5 and allow you some rest with the chance to take part in a range of additional adventure activities (or just keep on skiing!).

Our snow tour guides Steve and Mike are keen and passionate snowboarders and skiers with heaps of experience in guiding! They are there to ensure you have the best time possible! All ages (18+) and abilities are able to come along for the ride - just choose your pack according to your needs! In the evening groups are welcome to socialise - Wanaka and Queenstown are apres-ski havens! Alternatively, grab an early night in preparation for the slopes in the morning.

"My Snow Tour was the best part of my 18 days in NZ. Steve the guide was an absolute legend... The trip was so relaxed but did so much. We were always stopping to do and see little things along the way which make it an awesome trip instead of just a good one. The whole tour was just like a road trip with the mates." - John, Australia

Ski and Snow Safari

Skier at Mt Hutt

Skier at Mt Hutt

New Zealand Snow

New Zealand Ski

New Zealand Ski

New Zealand Ski

Snow fun at Cardrona Ski Area

Snow fun at Cardrona Ski Area, Wanaka

Skiing at Cardrona Ski Area

Skiing at Cardrona Ski Area

Sunset at Cardrona Ski Area

Sunset at Cardrona Ski Area, Wanaka

Ski Lift at Treble Cone Ski Area

Ski Lift at Treble Cone Ski Area, Wanaka

Snowboarder at Treble Cone Ski Area

Snowboarder at Treble Cone Ski Area, Wanaka

Treble Cone Ski Area

A view to take your breath away at Treble Cone Ski Area, Wanaka

Coronet Peak Ski Area

Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown

Ski New Zealand

Coronet Peak Ski Area

Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown

Coronet Peak Ski Area

Coronet Peak Ski Area, Queenstown

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Christchurch to Lake Tekapo - Ski or Snowboard Mt Hutt

*This trip can also be done in reverse.*

Make sure you book your Christchurch accommodation, as you will need to stay here the night before and after.

Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am, so we promise no cheesy introductions! With a whole day on the slopes ahead of us, we waste no time driving to Mt Hutt. On the way, your guide will make a stop at the ski/board hire shop to collect any equipment required.

Located high in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt Ski Area receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. A big mountain (365 skiable hectares) with great terrain, this ski field is an awesome winter experience for first timers and seasoned powder hounds.

There are plenty of adrenalin-pumping black diamond runs on the South Face, presenting extreme skiers and boarders with as many different challenges as they can handle. The wide, open trails provide easy learning for novice skiers and excellent terrain to build on your existing skills. Tonight, we overnight at beautiful Lake Tekapo.

SLOPE INFO

Mt Hutt
Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Height: 2075m
Vertical: 683m
Skiable Area: 365ha

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Ski clothing and gear hire

Day 2Lake Tekapo to Wanaka - Ski or Snowboard Ohau

Today we take you to Ohau, a remote ski field that 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 1825m, there is a 400m vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’, which is a wonderful ride for beginners on a safe, groomed trail as wide as a highway. Intermediates can choose the zig-zag ‘Luge’, and experts can push the limits on the ‘High Traverse’ and ‘Escalator’.

Ohau can offer exquisite dry powder snow and epic terrain – and will get you away from the tourist trail to experience an awesome range of ski fields.

Day 2 also has alternative field options in order to make sure that all experience levels are catered for, with Mount Dobson and Roundhill also offering amazing skiing and boarding. In the evening we drive to Wanaka, ready to start Day 3 bright and early.

SLOPE INFO

Ohau
Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height:1825m
Vertical:400m
Skiable Area:125ha

Day 3Ski or Snowboard Treble Cone

Treble Cone lies within the heart of the Southern Alps, with amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. It is also the largest ski area in the South Island with plenty of varied terrain. Spread over three large basins, there are trails to suit all ages and abilities.

For those newer to snow sports, there is a purpose-built learner area and long, groomed beginner and intermediate trails. And for the more experienced skiers and boarders, there are numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain as well as challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder. Treble Cone is notable for its Home Basin Express chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chair lift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.

Renowned for dry powder and plenty of it, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5m and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25m. Its proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and just as importantly, its geography means it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds. In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, with a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

SLOPE INFO
Treble Cone
Levels: 10% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 45% Advanced
Height: 1960m
Vertical: 700m
Skiable Area: 550ha

Day 4Wanaka to Queenstown - Ski or Snowboard Cardrona

Cardrona is renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow. With 345 hectares of wide, undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks, there’s something here for all to enjoy. A wide area of the mountain is serviced by chair lifts, so access is easy. Cardrona’s three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mixture of terrains that are suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities. On-mountain facilities include five cafes, a shop, hire facilities and a workshop.

With over 20 national and international skiing and snowboarding events held at Cardrona each year, it's definitely one of the top mountains in New Zealand.

SLOPE INFO
Cardrona
Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Height: 1860m
Vertical: 600m
Skiable Area: 345ha

Day 5Free Day Queenstown

Day 5 is the day to catch our breath and see Queenstown, take part in some adventure activities, or go heli-skiing. You are welcome to hit the slopes again but your lift pass for today is not included in the tour price. If you can't bear to be away from the snow for a day, there are a number of highly recommended heli-ski options. These will take you to untouched powder in the area. A trip to the Milford Sound is also a great way to spend the day. Either way, your bucket list is about to take a serious hit!

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
Heli-skiing
Canyoning
Horse trekking
Canyon swing
Bungy (Kawarau or Nevis)
Paragliding
Skydiving
Milford Sound trip
Extreme jet boating

Day 6Ski or Snowboard The Remarkables

Wide open trails, native kea, powder snow, spectacular views, sun-drenched terrain and unforgettable runs. There’s terrain here like you have never seen and if you’re willing to work your legs a little, you’ll discover super long off-piste runs.

The Remarks (as it’s known to the locals) is set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. Being so far up is a major plus, giving the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap. The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1943m, the Remarks has something for everyone, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand – the long, fast sweep called ‘Homeward Bound’.

The Remarkables ski area boasts a new international standard Super Pipe for advanced level riders and skiers. The 150m long, 22m wide pipe is triple the size of the existing terrain park at the top of Sugar Bowl Basin. The expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park and other features, combined with the big mountain possibilities, make The Remarkables the logical choice for the freeriders out there.

SLOPE INFO
The Remarkables
Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height: 1943m
Vertical: 357m
Skiable Area: 220ha

Day 7Queenstown Ski or Snowboard Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is the oldest and most developed ski area in the South Island. 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. Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak – there are dedicated slopes for first-timers, long, wide groomed trails and plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Once you know the ropes, you’ll enjoy the vertical off the express quad, or exploring the rolling terrain with plenty of dips and drops for great variety. For boarders, Coronet Peak is a natural terrain park, full of endless hits and powder stashes.

Exclusive night skiing is available on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. As the sun sinks slowly in the west, the lights come on and the fun begins – again! You have the option of booking an extra night’s accommodation in Queenstown post-tour.

SLOPE INFO
Coronet Peak
Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height: 1649m
Vertical: 462m
Skiable Area: 280ha


OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
Extra night accommodation in Queenstown

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Christchurch to Lake Tekapo - Ski or Snowboard Mt Hutt

*This trip can also be done in reverse.*

Make sure you book your Christchurch accommodation, as you will need to stay here the night before and after.

Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am, so we promise no cheesy introductions! With a whole day on the slopes ahead of us, we waste no time driving to Mt Hutt. On the way, your guide will make a stop at the ski/board hire shop to collect any equipment required.

Located high in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt Ski Area receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. A big mountain (365 skiable hectares) with great terrain, this ski field is an awesome winter experience for first timers and seasoned powder hounds.

There are plenty of adrenalin-pumping black diamond runs on the South Face, presenting extreme skiers and boarders with as many different challenges as they can handle. The wide, open trails provide easy learning for novice skiers and excellent terrain to build on your existing skills. Tonight, we overnight at beautiful Lake Tekapo.

SLOPE INFO

Mt Hutt
Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Height: 2075m
Vertical: 683m
Skiable Area: 365ha

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

Ski clothing and gear hire

Day 2Lake Tekapo to Wanaka - Ski or Snowboard Ohau

Today we take you to Ohau, a remote ski field that 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 1825m, there is a 400m vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’, which is a wonderful ride for beginners on a safe, groomed trail as wide as a highway. Intermediates can choose the zig-zag ‘Luge’, and experts can push the limits on the ‘High Traverse’ and ‘Escalator’.

Ohau can offer exquisite dry powder snow and epic terrain – and will get you away from the tourist trail to experience an awesome range of ski fields.

Day 2 also has alternative field options in order to make sure that all experience levels are catered for, with Mount Dobson and Roundhill also offering amazing skiing and boarding. In the evening we drive to Wanaka, ready to start Day 3 bright and early.

SLOPE INFO

Ohau
Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height:1825m
Vertical:400m
Skiable Area:125ha

Day 3Ski or Snowboard Treble Cone

Treble Cone lies within the heart of the Southern Alps, with amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. It is also the largest ski area in the South Island with plenty of varied terrain. Spread over three large basins, there are trails to suit all ages and abilities.

For those newer to snow sports, there is a purpose-built learner area and long, groomed beginner and intermediate trails. And for the more experienced skiers and boarders, there are numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain as well as challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder. Treble Cone is notable for its Home Basin Express chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chair lift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.

Renowned for dry powder and plenty of it, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5m and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25m. Its proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and just as importantly, its geography means it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds. In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, with a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

SLOPE INFO
Treble Cone
Levels: 10% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 45% Advanced
Height: 1960m
Vertical: 700m
Skiable Area: 550ha

Day 4Wanaka to Queenstown - Ski or Snowboard Cardrona

Cardrona is renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow. With 345 hectares of wide, undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks, there’s something here for all to enjoy. A wide area of the mountain is serviced by chair lifts, so access is easy. Cardrona’s three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mixture of terrains that are suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities. On-mountain facilities include five cafes, a shop, hire facilities and a workshop.

With over 20 national and international skiing and snowboarding events held at Cardrona each year, it's definitely one of the top mountains in New Zealand.

SLOPE INFO
Cardrona
Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Height: 1860m
Vertical: 600m
Skiable Area: 345ha

Day 5Free Day Queenstown

Day 5 is the day to catch our breath and see Queenstown, take part in some adventure activities, or go heli-skiing. You are welcome to hit the slopes again but your lift pass for today is not included in the tour price. If you can't bear to be away from the snow for a day, there are a number of highly recommended heli-ski options. These will take you to untouched powder in the area. A trip to the Milford Sound is also a great way to spend the day. Either way, your bucket list is about to take a serious hit!

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
Heli-skiing
Canyoning
Horse trekking
Canyon swing
Bungy (Kawarau or Nevis)
Paragliding
Skydiving
Milford Sound trip
Extreme jet boating

Day 6Ski or Snowboard The Remarkables

Wide open trails, native kea, powder snow, spectacular views, sun-drenched terrain and unforgettable runs. There’s terrain here like you have never seen and if you’re willing to work your legs a little, you’ll discover super long off-piste runs.

The Remarks (as it’s known to the locals) is set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. Being so far up is a major plus, giving the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap. The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1943m, the Remarks has something for everyone, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand – the long, fast sweep called ‘Homeward Bound’.

The Remarkables ski area boasts a new international standard Super Pipe for advanced level riders and skiers. The 150m long, 22m wide pipe is triple the size of the existing terrain park at the top of Sugar Bowl Basin. The expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park and other features, combined with the big mountain possibilities, make The Remarkables the logical choice for the freeriders out there.

SLOPE INFO
The Remarkables
Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height: 1943m
Vertical: 357m
Skiable Area: 220ha

Day 7Queenstown Ski or Snowboard Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is the oldest and most developed ski area in the South Island. 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. Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak – there are dedicated slopes for first-timers, long, wide groomed trails and plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Once you know the ropes, you’ll enjoy the vertical off the express quad, or exploring the rolling terrain with plenty of dips and drops for great variety. For boarders, Coronet Peak is a natural terrain park, full of endless hits and powder stashes.

Exclusive night skiing is available on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. As the sun sinks slowly in the west, the lights come on and the fun begins – again! You have the option of booking an extra night’s accommodation in Queenstown post-tour.

SLOPE INFO
Coronet Peak
Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height: 1649m
Vertical: 462m
Skiable Area: 280ha


OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
Extra night accommodation in Queenstown

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