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.
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.
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.
You know they’re excited. You’ve been talking about a family holiday for a while, and snowmen keep cropping up in conversation, melting away any thoughts you had of a sandy island and cocktails by the pool. You’re ready for some fun too, but travelling with littlies can be complicated for everyone involved. Take the guess work out of what to hire, what to pack and what to do with our short guide to snow-tripping with children.
Where should you go, when the snowfields close and lifts stand still? Back to the lodge? Your room? To the warmth of a good, long sleep after a warm tea? While a quiet night might appeal when you’re at home with Netflix and snacks, a New Zealand holiday demands to be explored on the other side of dusk. Are you up to the task of a twilight tour of Queenstown? Great tastes, soothing sounds and magical sites await, as you work your way through our list of Saturday night must-do’s.
You’ve been wanting to get away for a while now, to stretch your tired legs and breathe deeply of fresh, frosty air, with fresh snowflakes sticking to your cheeks and long, lithe skis strapped to your feet. You can’t stop thinking about a simple skication, researching destinations like Wanaka and Treble Cone, thinking one day… maybe next winter… well, next winter is here. You deserve a New Zealand ski holiday this year. While the land of the long white cloud lives up to its reputation as a white wonderland destination, it’s hard to beat one of our Treble Cone ski packages.
Why Treble Cone? You’re about to find out.