12-Day New Zealand's South Island Snow Odyssey
Product Code: 3736-140623
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Christchurch
  • • Porter Heights
  • • Mt Olympus
  • • Temple Basin
  • • Craigieburn
  • • Broken River
  • • Lake Tekapo
  • • Mt Dobson
  • • Ohau
  • • Wanaka
Tour Code
3736-140623
Duration
12 days
Departure City
Christchurch
End City
Christchurch
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
Itinerary
Day 01
Springfield, NZ

Christchurch - Porter Heights - Springfield

Hotel: Haka Lodge Christchurch or similar

We depart Haka Lodge 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 New Zealand. Easy backcountry riding is available from the top of the T3 T-Bar.

For the next 3 nights, we'll stay in Springfield, a snow sports enthusiast’s haven, complete with relaxing pool.

Tips:
You would be informed of the accommodation information once your reservation is confirmed.
Day 02
Mount Olympus Ski Area

Mt Olympus

Hotel: Haka Lodge Christchurch or similar

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 beginner 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Arthur's Pass National Park

Temple Basin

Hotel: Craigeburn Lodge or similar

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04

Craigieburn

Hotel: Craigeburn Lodge or similar

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-cozy Craigeburn Lodge which is also our accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 05

Broken River

Hotel: Craigeburn Lodge or similar

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 meters, 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 ski back into Craigeburn for our second night at Craigeburn Lodge.

Day 06
Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

Today is an allocated non-ski day but this is totally weather dependent; if it has dumped, or if we have missed a ski day on days 1-5, we'll get in a half days skiing on the way to Tekapo.

We'll depart Craigeburn Lodge after breakfast and head south stopping for a hot drink on the road.

We'll then make our way to beautiful Lake Tekapo where we can check out a salmon farm for super fresh sushi, take a walk around the lake or just relax. This evening how about a night time star gazing tour at Mt John, an international dark sky reserve that showcases the southern night sky through super powerful telescopes.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Lake Tekapo

Mt Dobson

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

This morning we'll 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!

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Lake Ohau

Ohau

Hotel: Ohau Lodge or similar

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 will also enjoy two hot breakfasts while here.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09
Lake Ohau

Ohau

Hotel: Ohau Lodge or similar

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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10
Wanaka

Wanaka

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

After breakfast we'll continue our journey south to Wanaka. 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.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11
Treble Cone

Treble Cone

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

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 cafes 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.

But don't forget, there is one more mountain day tomorrow.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12
Christchurch

Wanaka - 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 4:00pm to arrive back at Haka Lodge Christchurch at approximately 10:00pm.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Expert tour manager
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Guided tour of each mountain
  • All transport and mountain transfers
  • 9 full day ski passes to 8 different ski fields: Porter Heights, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Dobson, Ohau (x 2 days) and Treble Cone
  • 9 continental and 2 fully cooked breakfasts
  • 4 dinners consisting of 2 Group Meals at Craigieburn Lodge and 2 “High Country Fare” Dinners at Ohau Lodge
  • Rope tow gloves and nut-crackers

Package Excludes

  • Tips
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities (availability subject to change)
    - Scenic Flight
    - Skydiving over Southern Alps
    - Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride
    - Heli-Skiing Wanaka
Special Notes
  • Suitable for intermediate, advanced skiers, boarders only.
  • Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack. Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific requirements. Over-limit luggage cannot be carried.
  • Cancellation Policy:
    - Cancel outside 32 days - 10% of tour cost
    - Within 32 days - 50% of tour cost
    - Within 9 days - 100% of tour cost
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Customers under 18 years old are not permitted on this tour.
* The included accommodation is dorm share with maximum 4 guests.
* Due to limited availability at time of booking, multi-share accommodation for two or more guests may be provided in separate rooms. Every endeavor will be made to ensure this does not occur, but should this be necessary you will be advised at check-in.
* Tour prices are based on NZD and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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