Ski & Snow Explorer Tour

Ski & Snow Explorer Tour

  • Christchurch
  • Queenstown
  • 6 days
  • 5 / 5.0 (2 reviews)
  • from NZD$1,329.00

Main Highlights

  • Optional skiing of up to 4 fields!
  • Return mountain transfers
  • Full day lift passes
  • Tekapo Hot Pools
  • Stargazing at an International Dark Sky Reserve
  • Experience Mount Cook
  • See the Hooker Valley or Tasman Glacier
  • Unique group accommodation
  • Numerous walk options
  • Free use of bikes


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 an experienced Flying Kiwi guide to show you the way, the Flying Kiwi group culture and adventurous spirit will leave you wanting more. With more meal inclusions, free use of bikes and fantastic accommodation in the best locations plus we have 30 years of small group tour experience so no one knows this country better than we do!

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tick Tour Guide Travel with an experienced driver/guide - hand picked to help you get the best out of your New Zealand tour experience
tick Transport  Travel in a modern, air-conditioned, custom built bus complete with a commercial kitchen, solar powered fridge and the kitchen sink!
tick All accommodation Unique accommodation in carefully selected hostels and lodges. Shared rooms ranging from 2 - 4 people. Private room options are available on request for an additional cost (subject to availability)
tick Mt Hutt ski experience Complete with return mountain bus transfers and a full day lift pass
tick Ohau ski experience Complete with return mountain bus transfers and a full day lift pass
tick Lots of tasty & healthy meals 5 x breakfasts & 4 x dinners
tick Free use of bikes  Our custom built bus comes complete with bike storage, loaded and ready for you to use at your leisure
tick Hot Pools After a great day on the ski field we finish the day with a soak in the amazing Tekapo Springs Hot Pools.
tick Mt Cook A tour of New Zealand wouldn't be complete with visiting Mt Cook, our highest peak and learning it's history and those of its brave mountaineers. 
tick Great walk options The Hooker Valley or Tasman Glacier hike by Mt Cook is one of our many favourites plus there's lots more to choose from along the way, all free.
tick Ski up to 4 fields We take you to two fields (both ski days included) but while in Queenstown you have time to test your skills by visiting up to another 2 fields if you choose

  1. Our first day of tour kicks off at 4:00pm where we pickup from inner city Christchurch then the airport before getting underway on the short journey to our centrally located and stylish 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 in preparation for the day ahead when we hit the slopes of New Zealand’s best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt!

    • Meals: Dinner
    • Drive Distance: 1.5 hours
  2. 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. We consider this field so good we've included free return mountain transfers and a full day lift pass! 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 mid-afternoon 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!

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Drive Distance: 2.5 Hours
  3. 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.

    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!

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Drive Distance: 1.5 Hours
  4. 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 return mountain transfers and a full day lift pass!

    Starting nice and early we travel the short distance to Ohau in time for the morning 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.

    • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    • Drive Distance: 1.5 Hours
  5. Today we travel the first of our alpine passes, 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. We spend two nights in Queenstown 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.

    • Meals: Breakfast
    • Drive Distance: 3 Hours
  6. 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 guide (otherwise known as the Flying Kiwi ski guru) he will put you on the right track and he loves talking about snow!!

    Go on, get out there amongst it and enjoy!

    • Meals: Breakfast

Ski & Snow Explorer 2020 & 2021:

Book with Confidence! Snap up a great deal today and save 30% when travelling in July or August. If needed, you can also change your tour to depart on a later date or even the following year, at no additional cost.

Christchurch - Queenstown 6 days  28 July - 2 August 2020 Unavailable
Christchurch - Queenstown 6 days  6 August - 11 August 2020 Unavailable
Christchurch - Queenstown 6 days  15 August - 20 August 2020 Unavailable


Christchurch - Queenstown 6 days  28 July - 2 August 2021 $1,899 NZD EARLY BIRD
$1,329 NZD
Christchurch - Queenstown 6 days  6 August - 11 August 2021 $1,899 NZD
Christchurch - Queenstown 6 days  15 August - 20 August 2021 $1,899 NZD
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Trip Reviews

  • Just had a great time experiencing this beautiful country and meeting new friends.

    , travelled Ski & Snow Explorer Tour on 06/08/2019

  • Trip of a lifetime - thank you!

    , travelled Ski & Snow Explorer Tour on 01/08/2018