12
days

South Island Snow Adventure

The 12 Day South Island Snow Odyssey tour takes you off the beaten track to a range of smaller more intimate South Island ski fields like Temple Basin and Broken River. They may not sound familiar to you now but we can guarantee you will fall in love with them.

Christchurch, Oahu, Wanaka, Lake Tekapo, Broken River, Craigieburn, Temple Basin

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Itinerary

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1
Christchurch | Porter Heights

Your tour begins bright and early so you can enjoy a good amount of time on the slopes. On the way to the Porter Heights, known for its laid-back and friendly atmosphere, we will pick up your hire gear (for those that need it). The area is divided into to valleys; Big Mama and Bluff Face and offers one of the largest vertical drops in one lift-accessed run in New Zealand. For the following three nights, we stay in Springfield, a paradise for snow sport lovers which offers also relaxing hot pools. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Springfield Motel Lodge 3 Nights (or similar)

2
Mt Olympus

Mt Olympus ski area lies in the Craigieburn Range and is the first of many ski fields you will experience on tour. The Mt Olympus area offers exquisite powder and over 60 hectares of varied terrain suitable for intermediates or the most advanced skiers. You have the chance to ride on even more barely touched slopes in this wide open bowl if you walk up a little higher from the Top Tow. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

3
Temple Basin

This morning you start with a 45 minute walk from the car park, soaking in some of the most spectacular views of the Arthurs Pass National Park, Mt Rolleston and the surrounding mountains. Temple Basin lies in the hear of Arthur's Pass National Park and is renowned for its steep and big terrain, you can choose from sunny and smooth runs to ridgeline and advanced slopes. 

Meals: Breakfast

4
Craigieburn

For big mountain skiing, Craigieburn has a good image among Kiwis. The area is steep and deep with wide open powder bowls and offers something for everyone - except beginners. For those who seek a challenge the infamous 600 m vertical descent of Middle Basin (which is often compared to a heli-skiing experience) is a perfect choice. ​Finish your exhausting day with a well-deserved drink in the ultra-cosy Craigieburn Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Craigieburn Lodge 2 Nights (or similar)

5
Broken River

Today you will explore the Broken River, a well established ski field born in 1950. The ski area is serviced by five electrically driven, high capacity rope tows which bring you up to 1820 meters. You can either ski in a large open basin or experience the off-piste terrain. At the end of the day you will ski back into Craigieburn for the second night at Craigieburn Lodge. 

Meals: Breakfast

6
High Country Lake Tekapo

A non-ski day is allocated today, however if you have missed a ski day on days 1-5 you will have the chance to ski for half a day on the way to Lake Tekapo. This afternoon you can check out a salmon farm for super fresh sushi, take a walk around the beautiful lake or simply relax. In the evening star gazing is planned, you can take a look at the southern night sky through powerful telescopes. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Village Motel 2 Nights (or similar)

7
Mount Dobson

Like many of the mountains you have visited in the last few days Mt Dobson has a that laid back and friendly Kiwi vibe. The place is also well known for its all day sun, stunning scenery and miles of untracked snow. Different lifts provide access to 14 intermediate and advanced trails and a large natural half pipe. Tonight to round off your day relax in the Lake Tekapo Hot Springs under the stars. 

Meals: Breakfast

 

8
Ohau the hidden gem of the Southern Alps

Today travel to the beautiful Lake Ohau, located between Christchurch and Queenstown in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps. The Ohau Snow Fields offer exquisite dry powder and get you off the beaten track to experience the outstandingly beautiful yet stark landscape, some of the most spectacular mountain views in New Zealand and the awesome range of ski fields available on the South Island.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Ohau Lodge 2 Nights (or similar)

9
Ohau

Today you have the chance to ride down your favorite runs from the previous day again at the wildly beautiful and remote Ohau. Alternatively you can choose to hike up to access the wide open powder bowls from the ridge line. 

Meals: Breakfast

10
Wanaka

After breakfast we continue our journey south to Wanaka. Today is an allocated non-ski day but once again, the same rules apply from day six: if it has dumped or if we have missed a ski day previously, we are off skiing. Today you can skydive over Lake Wanaka, hire a mountain bike or just soak in the laid back ambience of Wanaka.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Skydiving over Southern Alps
  • Tiger Moth Acrobatic Plane Ride
  • Heli-Skiing Wanaka

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: YHA Travellers Lodge 2 Nights (or similar)

11
Treble Cone

Today you have the choice of chilling out in the haven that is Wanaka or taking part in an optional activity, such as Sky Diving or Heli Skiing. Wanaka is a great place to relax and recharge your batteries - with some great lakeside cafes and restaurants to discover. Your guide will have plenty of recommendations.

Tonight we enjoy our last night together with an end of tour dinner - where we have a few beers, a great meal, and a few laughs of course. But don't forget, there is one more mountain day tomorrow

Meals: Breakfast

12
Wanaka to Christchurch

Today is our departure day, but first we hit Treble Cone (TC), which features challenging runs, un-groomed powder and a huge abundance of infamous natural pipes, chutes and hits. Spread over three large basins and covering 550 hectares, TC has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), longest groomed intermediate runs (4km) and spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring. You have the option to extend your trip in Wanaka, grab a shuttle to Queenstown where we have our own Lodge, or drive back to Christchurch with the tour group.

We depart Wanaka at 4pm to arrive back into Christchurch at approximately 10pm. Most people opt to add an extra night’s accommodation in Christchurch due to our late arrival.

Meals: Breakfast