Family Ski Holidays

Things to consider for a family ski holiday

  • Season Dates for each Ski Field

    These dates are a guide to when the fields will open. Mother nature will ultimately decide if the season is a bit longer!

    Coronet Peak
    Open Date: 17 June ~ Close Date 01 October

    The Remarkables
    Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date 08 October

    Mt Hutt
    Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date 08 October

    Treble Cone
    Open Date: 22 June ~ Close Date 01 October

    Cardrona
    Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date 15 October

    Turoa
    Open Date: 10 July ~ Close Date 23 October

    Whakapapa
    Open Date: 10 June ~ Close Date 23 October

  • School Holiday Dates

    If your kids are in school and you don’t want to deviate from the allotted holiday periods then here are some date ranges for you to consider:

    NZ, SA and TAS School Holiday Dates 2017
    Winter School Holidays: 08 July – 23 July
    Spring School Holidays: 29 Sept – 16 Oct

    Queensland Dates 2017
    Winter School Holidays: 24 June – 09 July
    Spring School Holidays: 18 Sept – 02 October

    NSW, VIC, WA, & ACT School Holiday Dates 2017
    Winter School Holidays: 01 July – 16 July
    Spring School Holidays: 25 Sept – 06 Oct

    Other Key Dates
    Winter Festival: 22 June – 25 Jun
    Winter Games NZ: 25 Aug – 10 Sept

  • How old is a Child?

    The applicable age for child freebie offers varies a little from ski field to ski field. Youth prices will usually apply for older children. Below is an indication of the age breakdowns at each ski field:

    Mt Ruapehu – Turoa
    Child Age: 4 years & under
    Youth Age: 5 ~ 18 years

    Mt Ruapehu – Whakapapa
    Child Age: 4 years & under
    Youth Age: 5 ~ 18 years

    Mt Hutt
    Child Age: 10 years & under
    Youth Age: 11 ~ 17 years
    Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 10 years & under.

    Roundhill
    Child Age: 12 years & under
    Youth Age: 13 ~ 18 years
    Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under.

    Treble Cone
    Child Age: 6 ~ 17 years
    Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under ($5 card & admin fee applies).

    Cardrona
    Child Age: 6 ~ 17 years
    Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under ($5 card & admin fee applies).

    Coronet Peak
    Child Age: 5 years & under
    Youth Age: 6 ~ 17 years
    Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under.

    The Remarkables
    Child Age: 5 years & under
    Youth Age: 6 ~ 17 years
    Offers: FREE Lift passes for kids 5 years & under.

  • How close is accommodation to the Ski Field?

    Turoa – Mt Ruapehu
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Ohakune
    Driving Time: 20 mins
    Comments: Ohakune isn’t a huge town but it does have a few two bedroom options. Getting accommodation on weekends can be difficult though.

    Whakapapa – Mt Ruapehu
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: National Park
    Driving Time: 20 mins
    Comments: Multi room accommodation can be obtained only 10 mins drive at Whakapapa Village. Accommodation on weekends can be difficult to find as well!

    Mt Hutt
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Methven
    Driving Time: 35 mins
    Comments: Methven is a small town but it does have a good mix of two bedroom accommodation options from lower budget to 4 star.

    Roundhill
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Lake Tekapo
    Driving Time: 35 mins
    Comments: Lake Tekapo is a small town/village so there are limited two bedroom options available. Most options will be a couple of hundred dollars per night or more!

    Treble Cone
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Wanaka
    Driving Time: 30 mins
    Comments: Wanaka is a bit smaller than Queenstown but still has quite decent supply of two bedroom options from lower budget to 4 star+. Book early to avoid missing out in peak periods like school holidays.

    Cardrona
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Wanaka
    Driving Time: 35 mins
    Comments: Queenstown is only 50 mins drive via Crown Range Road but it can get a bit hairy in snowy weather!

    Coronet Peak
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Queenstown
    Driving Time: 20 mins
    Comments: Queenstown has heaps of two bedroom options but it still does book out, especially in school holiday periods!

    The Remarkables
    Closest 2 Bedroom Accommodation Available: Queenstown
    Driving Time: 35 mins
    Comments: Queenstown has heaps of two bedroom options but it still does book out, especially in school holiday periods!

  • What are my options for Off the Snow entertainment?

    Turoa (Mt Ruapehu)
    Closest Town: Ohakune
    Slightly larger than other towns in the area, Ohakune has a few off snow options. Mountain biking, horse trekking, walks, indoor rock climbing, rafting, fishing, scenic flights, museums and golf are close by for down time.

    Whakapapa (Mt Ruapehu)
    Closest Town: National Park / Whakapapa Village
    Whakapapa Village – if you stay at the Chateau it has pool, movie theatre and small golf course to help occupy down time.
    National Park is a small village also with limited off the snow activity. Walks, Rafting, quad biking and an indoor climbing wall are available.

    Mt Hutt
    Closest Town: Methven
    Methven itself has limited off snow options. Mountain biking, jet boating, fishing, golf, scenic flights and Lord of the Rings tours are some options. Christchurch is only an hour away providing a few additional sightseeing options for those prepared to drive.

    Roundhill
    Closest Town: Lake Tekapo
    Lake Tekapo is a small village but it still offers world class hot pools, star gazing, ice skating, tubing, golf and golf cross (rugby crossed with golf), horse treks, walks, lake cruises and scenic flights.

    Treble Cone
    Closest Town: Wanaka
    For its size Wanaka has a nice little mix of off snow activities. Puzzling World, museums, a unique cinema, golf, mini golf, walks, jetboating, biking, Frisbee golf, fishing, lake cruises and even a lavender farm.

    Cardrona
    Closest Town: Wanaka(view Treble Cone) / Queenstown(view Coronet Peak & The Remarkables)

    Coronet Peak & The Remarkables
    Closest Town: Queenstown
    Queenstown is the adventure capital of NZ so off the snow options are everywhere. Options range from sedate to hard to handle! It is also a great gateway to Fiordland, home to Milford & Doubtful Sounds. These are ideal family nature experiences but they are long days! 6am to 6pm sort of days!

Kids Clubs & Programs @ Queenstown/Mt Hutt (South Island)

Queenstown & Mt Hutt ski fields offer several options of Kids Clubs & Programs. For inclusions and age restrictions, refer to the table below.

Kids Clubs & Programs @ Wanaka (South Island)

Wanaka ski fields offer several options of Kids Clubs & Programs. For inclusions and age restrictions, refer to the table below.

Kids Clubs & Programs @ Mt Ruapehu (North Island)

Mt Ruapehu ski fields offer several options of Kids Clubs & Programs. For inclusions and age restrictions, refer to the table below.

Family Ski Holiday Packages

Create the Family Ski Holiday of your dreams!

To work with one of our Ski Specialists to custom make your Family package just fill out our Family Ski Holiday Express Quote form or Live Chat with us.