Map of Ski New Zealand: 7 Day Snow Safari (Queenstown to Christchurch) including New Zealand

Hit the slopes from Queenstown to Christchurch at New Zealand's best ski fields

Whether you’re new to the snow or an experienced snow hound, this exhilarating week from Queenstown to Christchurch on the slopes of the Southern Alps’ most iconic snow fields at Mt Hutt, Ohau, Treble Cone, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Coronet Peak delivers. We’ve got everything organised: your transport and transfers to the mountains, your accommodation, lift passes, breakfast, and an expert local crew ready to show you the best runs and powder stashes across the six different mountains. We can also arrange your ski gear and clothing if you want to pack light. Add time away from the slopes to discover the South Island's best ski towns like Lake Tekapo, Wanaka and Queenstown, and a stay in the world's largest International Dark Sky Reserve,.and you’ve got the perfect trip.


Start
Queenstown, New Zealand
Finish
Christchurch, New Zealand
Destination
New Zealand
Style
Basix
Theme
Active Adventures, Winter Active
Code
PHXSQC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 6, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • Experience New Zealand's finest snow fields at Mt Hutt, Ohau, Treble Cone, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Coronet Peak.

  • This trip offers thrills for beginners and experts alike - just strap on your skis and let our expert crew point you in the right direction.

  • Enjoy the benefit of local knowledge as our experienced crew show you the best runs and powder stashes across six different mountains.

  • Spend a night under a carpet of stars in the world's largest International Dark Sky Reserve.

  • Rest your legs and enjoy New Zealand away from the snow at the adventure playgrounds of Lake Tekapo, Wanaka and Queenstown.

  • Everything is arranged for you, from transport to hiring snow equipment and clothes – all you have to do is choose your favourite slopes and hit the snow.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is suitable for beginners to advanced skiers or snowboarders. Lessons are available for beginners or people wishing to refresh their skills.

  • While our Group Leaders will often join the group on the snow they are not qualified instructors. Should you require additional lessons from qualified instructors these can be purchased separately.

  • This trip stays in hostel-style accommodation, in shared dorm rooms with 4-6 beds and shared facilities (private rooms are available on request).

Itinerary

Kia ora and welcome to Queenstown, the ‘adventure capital of the world’ and gateway to New Zealand’s awe-inspiring Southern Alps. Start with an early 6am welcome meeting at the hotel, pick up your hire gear then transport to one of New Zealand’s finest ski fields.
Picture wide open trails, powder snow, spectacular views, sun-drenched terrain and unforgettable runs and you’ve got The Remarkables. Set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges, this is the highest ski field in Queenstown at 1943m. 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. To help beginners get into the swing of things we include a morning & afternoon beginner ski/boarding lesson. And if you need more we're happy to arrange that too.
While there are plenty of options for beginners, The Remarkables ski area also boasts a new international standard Super Pipe. At 150m long and 22m wide it’s for advanced level riders and skiers only, and an absolute blast if you have the skills. The expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park and other features, combined with the big mountain possibilities, make The Remarkables a top choice for freeriders. At the end of an exciting day on the slopes, it’s time to head back down to Queenstown and either rest up or catch the vibrant nightlife at the many bars dotted around town.
Accommodation
  • Hostel dorm share accommodation (4–6 share), shared facilities (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day lift pass - The Remarkables
Optional Activities
  • Queenstown Morning & Afternoon Beginner Ski/Boarding Lesson - NZD115
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 1 hour.
Coronet Peak is the oldest and most developed ski area in the South Island, with an astounding variety of runs and on-field facilities that are some of the finest in the region. Everything is designed to ensure you make the most of skiing and boarding, whatever your level of ability. Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak – there are dedicated slopes for first-timers, wide groomed trails and plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Your group leader will help show you the best option for your abilities. Once you know the ropes, you’ll can zoom down the slopes and enjoy gently 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. After your final run, it’s time to enjoy Queenstown’s excellent bars, restaurants and cafes beside the lake then kick on into the night, or head back to the hostel for a well-earned sleep.
Accommodation
  • Hostel dorm share accommodation (4–6 share), shared facilities (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day lift pass - Coronet Peak
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 1 hour.
After four days on the slopes, it’s time to rest your legs and experience everything Queenstown has to offer. From a relaxing cruise on Lake Whakatipu, Lord of the Rings tour, or winery visit at nearby Gibbston, to a leisurely bike ride along the (mostly flat) Queenstown Trail or adrenaline-pumping jetboat rides, white water rafting or even bungee jumping, there is sure to be an adventure to suit. If you can't bear to be away from the snow for a day, there are a number of carbon-neutral heli-ski options that will take you to untouched powder in the area. Whatever you choose to experience, try and save some energy for the next two days – you’re going to need it!
Accommodation
  • Hostel dorm share accommodation (4–6 share), shared facilities (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Queenstown - Lord of the Rings 4WD Tour - NZD236
  • Queenstown - Shotover Jet Boat - NZD167
  • Queenstown - Canyon Swing - NZD261
  • Jet boating - NZD135
  • Queenstown - Bungee jumping - NZD205
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Leave Queenstown behind and drive north towards Wanaka, but not without stopping for a full day at Cardrona Alpine Resort, renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow. Blessed with ‘New Zealand’s most reliable snow’, it's one of the top mountains in the country. With 345 hectares of wide, undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks, your group leader will be happy to recommend runs to best suit your ability. A wide area of the mountain is serviced by chair lifts, so access is easy and Cardrona’s three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mixture of terrains that are suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities. On-mountain facilities include five cafes, so there’s plenty of opportunity to relax between your epic runs. After a full day on the slopes enjoy a relaxing drive (approximately 1 hr) all the way to Wanaka, New Zealand’s ‘ultimate hub for outdoor adventures’, and your home for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation
  • Hostel dorm share accommodation (4–6 share), shared facilities (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day lift pass - Cardrona
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Start the day early with a short drive to Treble Cone in the heart of the Southern Alps, home to the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop on the South Island. This is also the South Island’s largest ski area with plenty of varied terrain, amazing views across Wanaka and trails to suit all ages and abilities. For those newer to snow sports there is a purpose-built learner area and long, groomed beginner and intermediate trails. More experienced skiers and boarders are drawn to the natural half pipes, challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder. Renowned for its reliable snow conditions and weather, and Home Basin Express chairlift so you can enjoy more runs per day, Treble Cone really is skiing and boarding heaven. After a day on the slopes, you’ll head back to Wanaka. With a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away, your choices on this free evening are endless.
Accommodation
  • Hostel dorm share accommodation (4–6 share), shared facilities (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day lift pass - Treble Cone
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 1 hour.
Start the day with an early morning drive (approximately 2hrs) to nearby Ohau, a remote ski field that can be found midway between Christchurch and Queenstown. While the drive is stunning - you'll definitely pause for a photo stop at the aquamarine Lake Pukaki and beautiful Mackenzie Basin - the ski fields of Ohau are the true highlight. Ohau also offers exquisite dry powder snow and epic terrain – and will get you away from the tourist trail to experience an awesome range of ski fields for all abilities. For those wanting an extra thrill, there are also alternative field options, with Mount Dobson and Roundhill offering amazing skiing and boarding. Your group leader will be happy to explain your choices in this epic snow destination. After a day on the slopes, continue north (approximately 1.5 hours) to our accommodation on the shores of beautiful Lake Tekapo, your home for the night. Chill out at a local café or wander the southern shores of this stunning turquoise lake and soak in the magnificent views of the nearby snow-covered mountains. Lake Tekapo also sits' within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, the world's largest reserve so don't forget to check out the night sky - it's stunning.
Accommodation
  • Hostel dorm share accommodation (4–6 share), shared facilities (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day lift pass - Ohau
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today's driving time is approximately 4 hours.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast and one final early morning start with a drive (approximately 2.5hrs) across the Canterbury Plains to the incomparable Mount Hutt Ski Area, Voted New Zealand's Best Ski Resort six years in a row. Located high in the Southern Alps, Mt Hutt receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. A big mountain with 365 skiable hectares and great terrain, this ski field is an awesome winter experience for first timers and seasoned powder hounds alike. Collect your included lift pass and choose your own final snow adventure, from adrenalin-pumping black diamond runs to wide, open trails that provide easy learning for novice skiers or a chance to brush up on existing skills.
After a last day on the snow it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy the relaxing 2 hour drive back towards the coast and the cosmopolitan city of Christchurch.
Included Activities
  • Day lift pass - Mt Hutt
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
No accommodation is included in Christchurch today. Should you require additional accommodation, please speak with your agent.
Today's total driving time is approximately 4.5 hours.

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hostel dorm share accommodation (4–6 share), shared facilities (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Day lift pass - The Remarkables
  • Day lift pass - Coronet Peak
  • Day lift pass - Cardrona
  • Day lift pass - Treble Cone
  • Day lift pass - Ohau
  • Day lift pass - Mt Hutt

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. This trip requires a minimum of 6 clients to operate.
2. This trip is operated and run by Haka Tours, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Haka customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Haka Tours to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in New Zealand.
3. This trip is suitable for beginner to advanced skiers/snowboarders
4. This trip starts at 6am in Queenstown and finishes on arrival back to Christchurch on Day 7 (approx 8pm)
5. Snow gear including helmets, skis/snowboard, boots, poles and ski clothing are available to hire - if you wish to book gear please contact your agent.
6. Due to unforeseen weather conditions changes may need to be made to the itinerary.
7. While our Group Leaders will often join the group on the snow they are not qualified instructors. Should you require additional lesson packages (based on ability) these can purchased from qualified instructors.
8. This trip does not spend any included time in Christchurch – if you wish to book extra accommodation please contact your agent.

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