7-Day South Island Snow Safari
Product Code: 3736-136726
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Christchurch
  • • Mt Hutt
  • • Ohau
  • • Treble Cone
  • • Cardrona
  • • Queenstown
  • • Coronet Peak
  • • The Remarkables
  • • Hot Pools entry in Lake Tekapo
Tour Code
3736-136726
Duration
7 days
Departure City
Christchurch
End City
Christchurch
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
Itinerary
Day 01
Christchurch

Christchurch - Mt Hutt - Christchurch

Hotel: Haka Lodge Christchurch or similar

Kia Ora and welcome to Christchurch. Your tour starts bright and early at Haka Lodge so we promise no cheesy introductions! With a whole day on the slopes ahead of us, we waste no time in leaving to drive 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 all first timers and seasoned powder hounds.

There are plenty of adrenaline-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.

Conditions permitting, there is also backcountry skiing down North Peak with a helicopter pick-up that drops skiers back at the car park.

Tips:
You would be informed of the accommodation information once your reservation is confirmed.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Wanaka

Christchurch - Ohau - Wanaka

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

Today we take you to Ohau, a remote ski field which 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 1,925 meters, there is a 400 meter vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’ (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 the ‘Escalator’.

Ohau offers exquisite dry powder snow terrain and gets you off the tourist trail to experience the awesome range of ski fields available in the South Island of New Zealand.

In the evening we drive to Wanaka so we are ready to start day three bright and early.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Treble Cone

Wanaka - Treble Cone - Wanaka

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

Treble Cone lies within the heart of the Southern Alps. It has amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka.

Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island, with plenty of exhilarating skiing and snowboarding terrain. Spread over three large basins, there are trails to suit all ages and abilities. From the purpose-built learner area and long, groomed beginner and intermediate trails, to numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain, challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder, there’s plenty for everyone.

Treble Cone boasts New Zealand's fastest quad chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chairlift, 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 5.5 meters and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25 meters. 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 apres-ski haven, with a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Cardrona Ski Resort

Cardrona

Hotel: Local Hostel or similar

Cardrona is renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry, natural snow. With 320 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 and queues are rare. Cardrona's three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mix of terrain that's 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, we may make slight amendments to our tour itinerary if we feel any events would add value to your Snow Safari experience.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Queenstown

Queenstown

Hotel: Haka Lodge Queenstown or similar

We break up your tour to give you a chance to catch your breath and see Queenstown, take part in some adventure activities, or go heli-skiing. You are welcome to continue skiing or boarding but your lift pass is not included in the tour price.

There are a number of well-recommended heli-ski options. These will take you to untouched powder in the area.

A trip to the Milford Sound is likewise a great way to spend the day.

Either way, your bucket list is about to take a serious hit!

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak

Hotel: Haka Lodge Queenstown or similar

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 and long, wide groomed trails with 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 Friday and Saturdays until 10:00pm. As the sun sinks slowly in the west, the lights come on and the fun begins.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Christchurch

The Remarkables - Christchurch

On offer today for your delight: wide open trails, native Keas, powder snow, spectacular views, sun drenched terrain and unforgettable runs. There's terrain here like you have never seen before, and, if you're prepared to exercise the legs a little, you will discover some of the longest off-piste runs around.

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 1935 meters, The Remarks has something for everyone as the terrain offers challenges for skiers of all abilities, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand: the long, fast sweep called Homeward Bound.

The Remarks is a great place to learn to ski, with a series of sheltered bowls all accessed by chair lifts; nearly three quarters of the slopes are rated beginner to intermediate. There are also plenty of off-piste challenges if you’re more inclined towards the extreme.

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 free riders out there.

We'll ski / snowboard until mid-afternoon, when we then make the journey back to Christchurch, aiming to arrive by approximately 10:30pm at Haka Lodge Christchurch.

Tips:
Tour ends at Haka Lodge Christchurch around 10:30pm.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Expert tour manager
  • An epic snow tour across the South Island's best ski towns: Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Ohau, Wanaka and Queenstown
  • 6 night accommodation
  • All transport and mountain transfers
  • 6 x Lift Passes to 6 different mountains
  • Advice to help improve your skiing or snowboarding technique
  • Daily breakfast
  • Hot Pools entry in Lake Tekapo
  • Lessons and Equipment Hire (if selecting the Beginner Pack)
  • Equipment Hire (if selecting Lift Pass + Hire Pack)

Package Excludes

  • Tips
  • Lunches and dinners (unless stated)
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities (availability subject to change)
    - Extra Night’s Accommodation in Christchurch
    - Ski Clothing Hire
    - Heli-Skiing
    - Canyoning Queenstown
    - Horse Trekking at Glenorchy
    - Canyon Swing
    - Kawarau Bridge Bungy
    - Paragliding
    - Skydiving over The Remarks
    - Milford Sound Trip
    - Extreme Jet Boating
    - Nevis Bungy
Special Notes
  • 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.
  • We normally use a 22 seater Toyota Coaster, with a trailer for all your gear. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about!
  • 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 6 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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