6 DAY SKI & SNOW EXPLORER - OVERVIEW
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Jump aboard and take off with Flying Kiwi as we take you to the must-see highlights of South Island on this epic ski & snow adventure. We offer the best of both worlds giving you the opportunity to ski up to 4 different fields while showing you winter locations and highlights that you don’t want to miss!
With two professional guides to show you the way, the Flying Kiwi group culture and adventurous spirit will leave you wanting more. With more meal inclusions and exclusive accommodation options than any other operator we have almost 30 years of tour experience so no one knows this country better than we do!
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SKI AND SNOW EXPLORER TRAVEL DAYS
Day 1: Christchurch - Methven
Our first day of tour kicks off at 4:30pm where we pickup from inner city Christchurch or the airport before getting underway on the short journey to our exclusive accommodation in the heart of Methven Mt Hutt Village.
Today is all about getting there, settling in, getting to know one another and enjoying a few laughs and a good sleep in our classic kiwi country villa in preparation for the day ahead when we hit the slopes of New Zealand’s best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt!
Day 2: Methven - Lake Tekapo
Rise and shine! Today’s the day to dust off your ski gear and hit the slopes.
First enjoy a good hearty cooked breakfast then grab your ski bag and prepare to spend the day on the ski field. Even if you aren’t skiing this field offers breath-taking views along the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean.
Leaving the mountain at 3pm we make our way to the scenic lakeside township of Lake Tekapo. Next door to our perfectly located accommodation is the winter wonderland of Tekapo Springs where their Hot Pools are the perfect way to end our day. Relax, enjoy and take in the stunning night sky this magical part of the country offers. In fact, this area is so excellent for star gazing that it was named the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve, meaning the skies are almost completely free from any light pollution, making it one of the best places in the world for stargazing!
Day 3: Lake Tekapo - Mt Cook
If the weather has played the game you may have already spotted Aoraki/Mt Cook in the distance but today, we take you up close and personal to New Zealand’s highest peak. On arrival into Mt Cook village our first port of call is the world-class Information Centre where you can learn about the mountain and its brave mountaineers while exploring the artwork collection and interactive exhibits.
Now it’s time to get amongst it, we have some great walks to choose from with our personal favorite being the Hooker Valley Track. With plenty of photo opportunities this popular walk leads up the Hooker Valley towards Mount Cook with some great viewpoints along the way.
Our lodge accommodation tonight offers stunning mountain views while we relax in front of a cosy fire, perfect for reflecting on the day or perhaps a chance to become the supreme board game champion for those that are up to it!
Day 4: Mt Cook - Ohau
Ski Day!! And not skiing on just any old ski field, this is where the US Ski team train, in fact we consider this field so good we’ve included an entire ski package into your day.
Starting nice and early we travel the short distance to Ohau in time for the 9:15am, 20minute shuttle transfer up the mountain. With stunning views to Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooking Lake Ohau this family run ski field is suitable for all abilities.
At the end of a great day in the mountains we’re only 20 minutes away from our lodge accommodation, complete with an open fire, a hot meal and stunning lake views.
Day 5: Ohau - Queenstown
Today we travel the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the MacKenzie Basin with Central Otago. Prepare to be wowed as we travel through this alpine area of tall tussock covered mountains and roadside snow.
Arriving into the Adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown by midday there’s time for a half day ski on The Remarkeables or Coronet Peak ski fields.
Tonight we stay at our exclusive group accommodation only a few minutes walking distance to the centre of town, perfect for exploring. Queenstown has a great vibe with so much to see and do, take your time to soak it all up.
Day 6: Queenstown
Your final day of tour and the chance to hit the slopes for a full day's skiing!
You're spoilt for choice with Coronet Peak, The Remarkeables or Cardrona to choose from. If you're unsure what mountain is best for your abilities ask your tour guides (otherwise known as the Flying Kiwi ski guru's) they will put you on the right track and they love talking about snow!!
Go on, get out there amongst it and enjoy!
**If you are planning on staying another night in Queenstown talk to us about accommodation options :-)
SKI & SNOW EXPLORER - WHAT'S INCLUDED
- TWO professional Flying Kiwi guides
- 5 breakfasts
- 4 dinners
- Unique accommodation in carefully selected hostels and lodges. Shared rooms ranging from 2 - 6 people.
- Private room options are available on request for an additional cost (subject to availability)
- Ohau ski field return bus transfers, full day ski pass and ski/snowboard rental
- Tekapo Hot Springs Hot Pools
- The opportunity to ski up to 4 ski fields
- See and experience Mt Cook, learn it's history and those of it's brave mountaineers
- Travel the Lindis Pass
- See the Tasman Glacier
- Bikes on board free for you to use
- Great walk options