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.
There’s nothing like the smell of snow on the air. Pristine, powdery and easily crushed, as clean skis slice through the freshly formed drifts and slip faster into a cutting speed. You’re ready for it. The action. The moment when you strap on your snow-boots for the first time this winter season, warm and roasty in your hired gear.
Before planning your next New Zealand ski holiday however, consider your options, needs and wants. Do you desire a destination where winter winds down later in the year? Do you crave a challenge, even if you need some help along the way? Do you like a laid-back getaway vibe, without battling a constant bustle of thrill-seekers? Yes? Mount Hutt is the place for you.
Unconvinced? We’ve covered the why’s in five short points.
1. Closest ski field to Queenstown
You know you’re onto a good thing when you can get from the bright lights of our most popular resort town to the slopes in just 25 minutes. Less time on the road means you can squeeze the most out of every minute of your ski holiday.
Internationally renowned as a prime destination for snow enthusiasts, here are five reasons to choose Cardrona for your New Zealand ski holiday.
1. The Chondola
The shiny new express chondola is the first of its kind in New Zealand. A combined lift with 8-person gondola cabins and 6-seater chairs, it’s the fastest way to get from the base area to the top of the mountain (under four minutes!). Perfect for speedy access to the extensive network of wide, open beginner trails.