Queenstown - Christchurch

Fly total time: 7 days

Your clients will begin their itinerary in the alpine resort town of Queenstown where they will enjoy a multitude of relaxing and adventurous winter activities and world-class skiiing.

They will then travel a short distance to picturesque Lake Wanaka where more world-class ski fields and exciting activities await. A short flight from Queenstown is Christchurch, where your clients will enjoy excellent skiiing at Mt Hutt Ski Area before flying home.

To ensure your clients are well rested after their flight, we recommend they stay a night or two in their arrival city before collecting a rental vehicle. Driving in a new country can be challenging and will be even worse if the driver is tired. The driver should always be well rested, take regular breaks during the journey and plan to drive for only 1-2 hours at a time.

New Zealand has unique road rules and driving conditions that your clients may not be used to. For a safe and enjoyable journey make sure your clients know where to find information on New Zealand’s road rules before they depart for their holiday.

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  • Day 1: Queenstown

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    Arrive in Queenstown. Spend the day exploring this alpine resort town.

    Ski enthusiasts can waste no time and head up the mountain at Coronet Peak.

    Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is New Zealand’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Rated one of the world's top destinations, Queenstown offers pure inspiration with stunning scenery, a huge range of world-class experiences, cosmopolitan bars and dining, compact shopping, and accommodation to suit all budgets.

    Recommended activities:

    • Take a cruise on Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak. Adventurous clients can then cycle through stunning back country on a guided tour or independent ride
    • Ride on the gondola to the Skyline complex and enjoy a thrilling luge ride or a delicious meal overlooking Queenstown
    • Experience the thrill of jet boating or take the plunge with a bungy
    • Enjoy a round of golf at one of Queenstown’s championship golf courses; Millbrook, The Hills and Jack’s Point
  • Day 2: Queenstown

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    Hire a rental vehicle or take a coach to Coronet Peak, approximately 20 minutes.

    Coronet Peak offers stunning high points and rolling trails for seasoned skiers as well as dedicated learner and novice areas for those starting out. Night skiing is also offered on the weekend. 

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  • Day 3: Queenstown - Wanaka

    Drive Fly 1 hour 68 KMS 42 MI

    Get up early and self-drive or take a bus from Queenstown to Cardrona Alpine Resort, approximately 1 hour.

    Cardrona Alpine Resort is renowned for its family facilities as well as its pipes and terrain parks.

    After enjoying the day skiing drive from Cardrona Alpine Resort to Wanaka, approximately 35 minutes.

    Alternatively if your clients are feeling weary from yesterday’s skiing they can have a leisurely morning in Queenstown then self-drive or take a bus over the Crown Range to Wanaka, approximately 1 hour. Spend the day enjoying Wanaka’s attractions and activities.

    Many attractions and adventure sports are within reach of Wanaka. Take a scenic cruise on the Lake, sample locally made exquisite wines, or fish at one of the many easily accessible spots. Alternatively, venture into the hills and mountains surrounding Wanaka. Skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking and climbing are all available in this area.

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  • Day 4: Wanaka

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    Spend another day on the slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Alternatively if your clients prefer a day off from skiing there are plenty of activities off the mountain to keep them entertained.

    Recommended activities:

    • Relax at one of Wanaka’s bustling cafes, restaurants or bars
    • Throw your clients out a plane with a skydive
    • Book a half day wilderness jet boat and helicopter adventure
    • If your clients want to experience another ski field they could try Treble Cone
    • Snow Park and for something unique try Ice Drive
  • Day 5: Wanaka - Queenstown - Christchurch

    Drive Fly 50 minutes 400 KMS 248 MI

    Spend the morning exploring Wanaka. After lunch self-drive or bus to Queenstown, there may be time for one more activity before catching an early evening flight to Christchurch.

    Christchurch is a beautiful lifestyle city, set on the expansive Canterbury Plains between the wide sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the spectacular snow-capped Southern Alps and the volcanic hills of Banks Peninsula. The city is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues.
    There is an option for your clients to self-drive from Wanaka to Methven, approximately 4 hours 5 minutes, stopping en route at Lake Tekapo for a soak in the hot pools. Methven is the closest town from Mt Hutt Ski Area.

    Recommended activities:

    Wanaka & Queenstown
    • Experience one of the activities your clients missed on previous days
  • Day 6: Christchurch - Mt Hutt - Christchurch

    Drive Fly 4 hours 226 KMS 140 MI

    In the morning self-drive or bus from Christchurch to Mt Hutt Ski Area, approximately 2 hours.

    If your clients opted to stay the night in Methven the drive to Mt Hutt Ski Area will take them approximately 40 minutes.

    Mt Hutt Ski Area is one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island, offering varied terrain for beginners through to experts. 

    After enjoying the day skiing drive back to Christchurch, approximately 2 hours.

    Christchurch offers many attractions and activities if your clients prefer to have a day off the slopes.

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  • Day 7: Christchurch

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    Spend another day exploring Christchurch or fly home from this international gateway.