Queenstown - Queenstown

Fly total time: 6 days

Send your clients to the alpine resorts of Wanaka and Queenstown to enjoy the action on the slopes against some of the most scenic backdrops in the South Island of New Zealand. Off mountain there’s also plenty of entertainment and high action activities to enjoy.

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.
Here are some suggestions:
  • Day 1: Queenstown

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    Arrive in the beautiful alpine resort town of Queenstown.  Stretch the legs and enjoy the mountain views across Lake Wakatipu with a walk by the lakeside.

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    This year round lakeside resort offers a fantastic range of recreational and lifestyle activities to suit every client. 
    • Adventure activities include bungy jumping, jet boating, white water rafting and ziplining
    • For snow enthusiasts head up to Coronet Peak or The Remarkables skifields, just 30-40 minute by car or shuttle.  Further afield, Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields near Wanaka are just an hour by car or shuttle (season mid June to mid October, varing by year and field)
    • Enjoy the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu on a boat cruise and visit a high country station
    • Take a tour and check out some of the stunning locations featured in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies
    • Enjoy world class golf courses including Jack’s Point, Millbrook and The Hills.
    • Take a wine tour to get a taste of the region’s 75 wineries
    • Grab a bike and go cycling – options are available to suit everyone, including cycling on the Queenstown Trail, mountain biking and heli biking
    • Ride the gondola and enjoy spectacular views from the Skyline complex on Bob’s Peak
  • Day 2 and 3: Queenstown

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    For fun in the snow head up to Coronet Peak or the Remarkables.  For a unique experience head up to Coronet Peak for night skiing, currently offered on Friday and Saturday nights from early July to mid-September, weather/snow conditions permitting.

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    Coronet Peak ski area offers:
    • Varied terrain perfect for all abilities
    • An easy 20 minute drive by car or coach from Queenstown on sealed road
    • Night skiing for a memorable experience
    • Quick and easy gear rental on mountain  
    • High-speed quad chairlift & four surface conveyor lifts to beginners terrain
    • High-speed quad & six-seater chairlifts to general terrain
    • All day kids' programmes for 3 months plus
    • Free day lift passes for kids aged 6 years & under 
    The Remarkables ski area offers:
    • One of New Zealand's best learning facilities
    • All day kids' programmes for three months plus
    • Play time in the snow with mountain Mascots Spike and Shred
    • Progressive network of three terrain parks suitable for all abilities
    • Ozone Snow Tubing park
    • Quick and easy gear rentals on mountain
    • Easy access onto the slopes straight from the carpark
    • Family restaurant and base lodge facilities including a sunny deck overlooking the learners area
    • Challenging backcountry and diamond runs
  • Day 4, 5 and 6: Queenstown - Wanaka

    Drive Fly 1 - 1 hour 30 minutes 68 KMS 42 MI

    Hire a car from central Queenstown and drive to Wanaka (approximately 1 – 1.5 hours) or take a private transfer, either by road or helicopter.

    Enjoy time in Queenstown before heading to Wanaka in the afternoon.

    Recommended activities:

    Wanaka Skifields

    Wanaka offers three international ski areas and the largest heli-skiing area outside North America. 
    • Cardrona Alpine Resort is a 35 minute drive from Wanaka and perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders
    • Treble Cone is a 35 minute drive from Wanaka with stunning views over the lake.  It boasts long uncrowded slopes, legendary off piste terrain and the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes
    • Snow Farm is New Zealand's commercial track Nordic Ski area. 50 km of internationally standard groomed trails offer classic and ski skating
    Catch a lift up to the skifield from Wanaka via a range of transport:
    Or for something unique to New Zealand try Snow Park NZ and Ice driving experience.
    Take time off the ski field to enjoy other activities in Wanaka:
    • Take to Wanaka by air with a fixed wing scenic flight, a helicopter ride including a glacier landing, sky diving or paragliding.
    • Experience high action on the water by jet boating, fishing or paragliding.  For the adventurous there’s canyoning or white water sledging
    • Go on a hike, 4WD experience or mountain bike
    • Satisfy all tastes with a visit to award winning vineyards for local food and wine
    • Have fun at the maze and other tricks at Puzzling World
    • Have lunch at the historic Cardrona Hotel 

    Find out more on the Lake Wanaka website.

  • Day 7: Depart New Zealand from Queenstown or Christchurch

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    With time permitting, experience one more activity before heading home. Your clients will need to transfer from Wanaka to Queenstown to connect with their flight out of New Zealand.