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10 Day Queenstown-Wanaka Ski Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Queenstown

Your exclusive New Zealand experience begins in Queenstown, the ultimate luxury ski destination on New Zealand’s South Island. From world-class luxury lodges to epic ski adventures and superb cuisine, Queenstown is a delight to experience.

Your accommodation in Queenstown is at Matakauri Lodge (or any other property that takes your interest)! Matakauri’s take on luxury is understated and welcoming, with the stunning lake and mountain landscape taking the place of honour. Voted one of the top five lodges in New Zealand and Australia, Matakauri is the ultimate sanctuary as well as a convenient base for skiing in New Zealand. Your stay includes pre-dinner drinks and canapés, a multi-course dinner, and daily breakfast.

Stay 5 nights in Queenstown.

Accommodation: Matakauri Lodge

Day 2 + 3 Ski The Remarkables or Coronet Peak

Queenstown Superpass 2 Day Lift Pass: The Queenstown Superpass is the most flexible lift pass in the Southern Lakes, giving you access to ski and ride Queenstown’s closest mountains – Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

The Remarkables Ski Field: Located just 45 minutes from downtown Queenstown, The Remarkable’s features a fantastic network of trails with wide, gentle slopes for beginners of all ages and big mountain runs for experts. With 30% beginners, 40% intermediate and 30% advanced, The Remarkables offers challenges for all levels and for those wanting to progress quickly.

Coronet Peak Ski Field: Want to challenge yourself on exciting terrain in some of the best conditions in the Southern Hemisphere? Then Coronet Peak should be at the top of your list, just 20 minutes from Queenstown, with 25% beginners, 45% intermediate and 30% advanced terrain. This theme park created by mother nature offers gripping trails for skiers and riders. Coronet is also home to night skiing; for a different take on these roller coaster trails, try it under lights!

Après Ski in Queenstown is hard to beat, choose from a range of exclusive bars and restaurants.

Ski Queenstown

Day 4 Queenstown or Milford Sound

Today is spent at your leisure, either relaxing and perhaps indulging in one of the spa treatments on offer, or adding another activity from the wide array available in Queenstown. Options range from private cruises on Lake Wakatipu to more adrenaline-fuelled activities such as sky diving or hot air ballooning. A top choice is a day trip to Milford Sound by helicopter to meet the luxury vessel the Fiordland Jewel, where you will cruise Milford Sound and enjoy an exquisite lobster lunch with local seasonal fare that can include blue cod, Stewart Island salmon,  Stewart Island green-lipped mussels, merino lamb, and wild West Coast venison.

Fiordland Jewel

Day 5 Ski Queenstown

Ski Coronet or The Remarkables, indulge in any Queenstown activity or night ski Coronet Peak at dusk.

Day 6, 7, 8 Wanaka Ultimate Private Charter Skiing

Our unlimited private charter skiing package is professionally guided and has you accommodated at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge in the utmost of luxury, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps.

Private charters are the ultimate in personalised heliskiing or heliboarding and ideal for 1-4 people. It’s your time, your pace and your decision on how much you would like to ski or ride each day.

Your friendly guide will personally meet you in Queenstown and transfer you by helicopter to Minaret Station Alpine Lodge, your home for the duration of your heli-ski stay.

Each day you’ll enjoy a full day of unlimited vertical private charter heli-skiing with a gourmet picnic lunch in some of the most spectacular backcountry locations that you can imagine. At the end of the day you will be flown back to your luxurious alpine chalet set at the head of a picturesque glacial valley. Relax in your private hot tub before enjoying sumptuous cuisine prepared by the Mountain Kitchen using fresh local produce.

Heli Ski Queenstown Wanaka

Ultimate Private Charter Inclusions:

  • Private charter heli-skiing 15-20 runs included per day to be used at your discretion
  • Private use of 1 x helicopter and pilot with 1-2 certified guides
  • Luxury alpine lodge chalet accommodation at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
  • Gourmet meals and wine at the Mountain Kitchen
  • Premium ski or snowboard rental
  • A dedicated guide/host
  • Helicopter transfers from Queenstown
  • Private hot tub
  • Complimentary mini bar

Stay 3 nights at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge.

Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

Day 9 + 10 Wanaka: Ski Cardrona or Treble Cone

A ski trip to the Southern Lakes would not be complete without staying in the heart of Wanaka, an alpine ski town that offers relaxation and alpine luxury. The choice is yours, ski or recover from your epic heli ski adventure!

Cardrona Alpine Resort: Located between Wanaka and Queenstown, Cardrona is set over 345 hectares with 20% beginner, 55% intermediate and 25% advanced trails. Cardrona offers parks and pipes of different levels for those that enjoy jumps and freestyle snow fun. If you’re bringing the family, Cardrona has the best facilities for kids with a nursery for 3 months to 3yrs, ski kindy for 3-4 yrs and kids ski school for 5yr+.

Treble Cone Ski Field: Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island and boasts an outstanding view over Lake Wanaka. With its long, sweeping runs and plenty of variety, this is the perfect resort for families and friends who are wanting to push themselves a bit more on the snow with 10% beginner, 45% intermediate and 45% advanced trails.

Ski Treble Cone Wanaka New Zealand

Your luxury lodge, The Dacha allows you to enjoy Wanaka in pure luxury. Wake up each morning with family and friends to one of the most spectacular views in the South Island, overlooking Lake Wanaka with its dramatic backdrop of craggy peaks and glaciated valleys of the Southern Alps. Your personal chef is available to prepare breakfast and meals using local organic produce.

The Dacha Wanaka

Stay 2 nights in Wanaka.

Accommodation: The Dacha

Day 10 Depart Queenstown

As your unforgettable holiday draws to a close, soak in the views one last time before departing Queenstown at your leisure.

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