The time has come. You can no longer deny yourself a New Zealand holiday, scrimping and saving to afford the snow-side fiesta you know you deserve. Planning a family ski holiday can be a tall order for most – bags, packs, mid-air distractions and age-appropriate attractions, there’s a lot to know and tick off before you board your flight. Luckily, we have the inside word on making the getaway process easier for everyone.
The countdown is on. We don’t know about you, but we’re ready for the first signs of snowfall, keeping an eye on the calendar and hoping winter comes a little early this year (and hangs around longer). Before joining us on the slopes however, take some time to lock down the local snow speak in preparation for your well-deserved New Zealand ski holiday. Not only will you appear to know precisely what you’re talking about, you’ll find any lessons or weather feedback easier to understand with a little research in your back-pocket.
Sit back, settle in and memorise these 10 terms you’ll hear on the slopes this year!
Are you one click away from booking a snowy New Zealand holiday? Torn between two or three locations? Honestly, it doesn’t matter where you ski in Kiwiland; every field and destination delivers world-class mountain scenery and mood melting side-adventures, so let’s be clear… good food can make or break a getaway experience. Today’s gastronomic spotlight shines on the laid-back winter escape of Wanaka, fleshing out our favourite four haunts to kick back, relax and take advantage of the local après ski setting.
Are you wondering which sport to try this winter season, when the mountains glimmer with freshly felled snow? You’ve been all over YouTube, reading opinion blogs, asking friends and generally falling head-first into an opinion well, without knowing what’s really your thing in the first place. Now, snowboarding and skiing are both extremely addictive, so there’s no better… just different.
Because we want you to have the best New Zealand snow holiday possible, we’ve broken down each sport below, noting what you need to know, so you can make the right decision for your style. And remember, if you’re not quite hooked on one, you can always try the other – we always recommend gear hire when you’re first starting out on the slopes.
Hey, Newbie! If you’ve found your way here after googling ski tips and beginners in the same line, we have everything you need in one place. We’re passionate and experienced snow enthusiasts, with a talent for making the first, second and third time easy for learners. Before you buy a bunch of gear, pack your bags and board your plane for the first day of your New Zealand ski holiday – because where else would you want to ski – we have a few insights to save you time, excess baggage charges and a decent amount of guesswork. While we can’t promise to reduce your nerves to zero – a touch of caution can be a beautiful thing – by the end of this article, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in your choice of alpine getaway.
We need to talk about Queenstown. The little city on the edge of the water, hemmed in by mountain chains and adrenaline attractions, generating the kind of international buzz usually reserved for big-name places like New York, London and Buenos Aires. We know snow-hoppers love our hearty little adventure hamlet, but did you know it’s also a foodie, party, let’s-have-a-great-time destination? No? Yes? Maybe? While you make up your mind and ask around, here are four places to party in Queenstown – tried, graded and guaranteed to make you dance with holiday happiness. Just don’t go too hard every night, you still need to make the most of the snow-covered slopes.
Winter is over. Spring is almost done. But summer? Cardrona comes to life again in the depths of the sunshine months, as glistening peaks signal all kinds of fun to visitors and locals alike – you don’t need skis, snowboards or thick, warm clothes to enjoy New Zealand’s southern alps. All you need is time. How often do you take some for yourself and spend a day or seven seriously enjoying every twist, turn and adrenaline packed second?
Find out why New Zealand is the place to be in summer and join us for a Cardrona mountain biking adventure… or maybe you’re more of a golfer? It doesn’t matter, there’s something for everyone.
Planning a holiday can be challenging if you’re not sure where to begin, what to look for or how much to pay. Some packages seem too good to be true, there are black-out dates and you’re usually left wondering if you’ve secured a solid arrangement until departure day arrives. Skip the uncertainty on your next New Zealand ski holiday and let Ski Express take care of the finer details, from the low-down on New Zealand deals to the early birds you keep hearing so much about. We promise, its song is sweet and worth considering.
First timers are always keen to cash in on a spot of spring skiing, when the skies are clear and the winter crowd leaves with wide smiles, sore muscles and millions of memories. Strap the two long boards to your feet for a picture that almost seems comical… snow gear gets a few giggles the first time around. Before booking flights for your New Zealand holiday, or planning a few Queenstown side tours, get your head around the little things that will go a long way in influencing the success of your getaway.
Can you hear that? The rumbling, grumbling sound close to your naval, just under your rib cage? After a long day of skiing and snowboarding your way to holiday happiness, you’ve worked up an appetite, and takeaway brands won’t cut it here. You need food. Delicious, mouth-watering, taste-bud-tempting Queenstown eats that leave you fulfilled and eager to return. We’re happy to oblige. Work your way through our top three Queenstown restaurants, appealing to every budget for a memorable New Zealand holiday, snow or no snow.