June 2014: Unique winter products
Winter has officially arrived! And visitors and locals alike are buzzing with excitement at the prospect of experiencing the many exhilarating winter products available in New Zealand.
Queenstown’s annual Winter Festival is happening from 20 to 29 June 2014. The 10 day festival is all about celebrating Queenstown’s unique culture and community. Festivities take place in various venues around Queenstown and include mountain races, street parties, fireworks, international and local acts, jazz and comedy. Find out more about Queenstown’s Winter Festival here
If your clients are self-driving in New Zealand this winter be sure to inform them about the importance of checking weather and road conditions and being prepared with the right equipment. Click here
for winter driving tips.
Here are some cool winter products that you might like to consider when planning your client’s itinerary.
Stay at the Powderhorn, and enjoy the ambience of an alpine lodge along with the all the comforts of a Qualmark rated four star boutique hotel. The Powderhorn Chateau is situated in Ohakune at the doorstep of the spectacular Tongariro National Park. Our comfortable accommodation includes cosy hotel suites, and a self-contained apartment that accommodates up to eight people.
Ohakune is a year-round destination located in the central North Island, and in addition to winter skiing offers a multitude of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and scenic flights.
Mount Cook Ski Planes (Grand Circle)
This is the ultimate Southern Alps experience. Your clients will get fantastic views of majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook as the ski plane crosses over the main divide to the rugged West Coast glacier's of Fox and Franz Josef. They will then land on the Tasman Glacier Upper Neve set below towering ice cliffs. Here your clients will have the chance to walk on a moving glacier. Mount Cook Ski Planes are the only company licensed to land on Tasman Glacier.
Tekapo Springs Hot Pools
Tekapo Springs offers three tiered Hot Pools landscaped in local greywacke rock and surrounded by the regions native alpine plants to create a natural setting. Pool temperatures range from 40 degrees celsius to 36 degrees celsius. The pools have benched seating so your clients can sit back, relax and soak. The hot pools are open from 10am - 9pm daily.
The pools take advantage of the wonderful views looking out over Lake Tekapo and the Two Thumb mountain range. Over winter it is not uncommon to have snow on the ground around the hot pools, adding to the magical winter experience.
TranzAlpine KiwiRail Scenic Journeys
The TranzAlpine scenic train journeys between Christchurch and Greymouth, crossing from one coast of New Zealand to the other.
From the comfort of world class carriages, see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers.
Enjoy all this in the comfort of new world-class carriages featuring huge panoramic windows, an on board licensed café with a range of delicious Kiwi flavors, and GSP triggered at-seat audio commentary.
Harris Mountains Heli-Ski (HMH)
This is the ultimate snow experience for skiers and boarders. We'll take your clients into the heart of the Southern Alps. Runs vary between 2,000 - 4,000 vertical feet of treeless skiing in sheltered basins, bowls and wide rolling mountain flanks through to steep chutes. HMH's heli-skiing terrain is vast this combined with a helicopter, professional guide and skiers/snowboarders of similar ability is what heli-skiing is all about.
Snow Farm New Zealand
Old, young, beginner or expert – the Snow Farm has something for everyone. With over 40km of groomed cross country trails, snow shoeing, sledding and dog sled tours, your clients will be spoilt for choice. The Snow Farm has ideal terrain for the running sled dogs and your clients might like to consider giving it a try. Underdog tours provide an opportunity to enjoy the alpine environment in a unique way, either as a passenger or driving a team of sled dogs with an experienced musher providing guidance along the trials.
Guided walks New Zealand – Heli-Snowshoeing
Heli-Snowshoeing will give your clients the freedom to get the sort of perspective on nature only ever seen on documentary films and the skilled and experienced helicopter pilots have an array of incredible locations at their disposal. Your clients can enjoy the high altitude experience of a guided Snowshoeing walk with not another soul around, all underscored with a backdrop some of the most glorious views in the world.
Snow shoes make it possible to walk across unbroken snow without sinking up to your waist, opening up huge possibilities for wilderness exploration. It is the perfect way for non-skiers to explore the mountains of Queenstown and enjoy the snow away from the crowds.