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South Island Winter Adventure Circuit

In June as the ski season draws to a close in Europe and North America and summer in South East Asia starts to heat up, its time to adventure down to ice cool New Zealand’s South Island and enjoy our exhilarating pristine powder paradise. If you really want diversity when carving up the white stuff, it is here you will undoubtedly experience heaven.

Wilderness Snowshoeing, Back Country Heli-Skiing. On the slopes Day & Night in Queenstown and Lake Wanaka. Mt Cook National Park.

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WELCOME TO QUEENSTOWN - NEW ZEALAND'S PREMIER ALPINE LAKE RESORT

Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere's premiere four seasons alpine and lake resort, nestled in the corner of Lake Wakatipu framed by 360 degree vistas of snowcapped mountains. With year round action-packed thrills, such as jet boating, white water rafting, paraponting and Bungy Jumping. In winter, Queenstown turns into an alpine playground - skiers and snowboarders come from all over the world to join in the fun. Golfing, fishing and Wine Tasting offer other opportunities in this stunning region.

Stroll into the vibrant Town Centre and have a cocktail on us!  - we'll even cover your entry fee. The 'Below Zero Ice Bar' is the largest Ice Bar in Australisia where everything is carved in ice.

Accommodation Queenstown - 5 nights

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SNOWSHOEING AND A SOOTHING SOAK - QUEENSTOWN

A great way to get your body prepared for your skiing holiday is an invigorating walk into the beautiful New Zealand back country. Experience the serenity (the splendid isolation) away from the crowds as the modern slim line snowshoes let you feel as if you are floating over the snow giving you instant access to the spectacular mountains around Queenstown. Every step has a story and your guide will bring the region to life with tales from the original Maori, gold mining and early settlers era.
Unwind and soak-up in Queenstown’s spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in the views, the pure waters, and the fresh mountain air, as your mind and body surrenders to the deep penetrating warmth and gentle massage of our private pools, the only private indoor / outdoor hot pools, high on the cliffs overlooking the Shotover River canyon.

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Day & NIGHT SKIING - CORONRT PEAK - QUEENSTOWN

Coronet Peak is situated 18km from Queenstown and blessed with varied terrain and outstanding views.  Coronet has plenty of runs, through every type of terrain from the wide groomed run called M1, to mogul runs, to wide open back bowls. Once you know the ropes, you’ll discover the secret verticals, dips and drops of one of New Zealand’s longest established ski areas. If skiing all day isn’t enough, on Friday and Saturday nights you can ski into the night as well. Coronet is home to the Winter Festival.

 

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SKI or BOARD The REMARKABLES - QUEENSTOWN

The Remarkables are set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges above Lake Wakatipu. It has altitude; a long, reliable season and its north facing aspect make it a sheltered sun trap. Nearly three quarters of its slopes are ideal for beginners and intermediates. Powder bowls and off-piste extreme runs provide a challenge for more advanced skiers. In September the field hosts the Remarkables Spring Festival - a riot of snow sports and crazy events.

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OFF-PISTE BACK COUNTRY HELI-SKIING

We offer an "A la Carte Heliskiing" menu to suit skiers and snowboarders with varying degrees of ability. Each heliski option has been carefully designed to offer a great degree of flexibility allowing everyone to experience the tranquility, freedom and exhilaration of Heliskiing. Contrary to the perception that Heliskiing is only reserved for the extreme skier/boarder, we offer you a range of options to match your abilities and goals with our skilled guides and terrain - we have over 8,500 sq/km (5,300 sq/mi) of Heli-skiing terrain for you to play on!

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PRIVATE CENTRAL OTAGO FOOD AND WINE TOUR

Let us treat you to the true flavour of the Central Otago region. From Wanaka you will circumnavigate the sparkling waters of Lake Dunstan visiting Wooing Tree vineyard, Provisions Of Old Cromwell Town; sample freshly baked scones topped with fine local fruit preserves. Northburn Station is next; here enjoy superb wines matched with a taste plate of farm-fresh produce including Northburn's own Merino lamb.  Continuing on to Bendigo Station for wild game fare including wild rabbit hams washed down with delicious Bendigo wine.  Finish with a 3-course evening meal prepared from local produce matched with 3 gorgeous Wooing Tree wines in the historical surrounds of the Luggate Hotel.

Approximate Distance: 70 kms | 44 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 10 mins
Accommodation Wanaka - 2 nights

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SKI/BOARD TREBLE CONE OR CARDRONA - WANAKA

Wanaka is a picturesque jewel among New Zealand's major ski destinations. Lake Wanaka runs away to the north of the lakeside town providing stunning views of Mt Aspiring National Park. The situation of the lake (to the north) also enables sunshine to flood into the town even in mid winter providing a warm environment for the non skier (or tired skier) to enjoy more leisurely pursuits. Wanaka is often likened to Queenstown but 20 years ago - with only a 1.5 hour drive from Queenstown Airport she offers a more chilled environment to enjoy your après ski.

You have the choice of two fields Today Treble Cone  or Cardrona.

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EXPERIENCE A KIWI FAVOURITE - OHAU SNOW FIELD

Somewhat of a hidden gem, this unpretentious uncrowded field in the Mount Cook Region is a New Zealand favorite and offers great ski touring with stunning views. Known for its exceptional terrain and snowboarding facilities as it is for its apres-ski parties – a great way to meet locals and it is said the vibe is so sociable that everyone becomes an instant friend. The ski field name originates from the nearby Lake Ohau so the obvious characteristic of the area is the gorgeous views of the turquoise lake and the surrounding mountains.

Mountain Springs Hot Tub
Soak in the view and unwind, sooth those muscles after your amazing day on the snow, the Canadian western red cedar tubs are filled with nothing but warm fresh mountain water and the views of the mountains and sky are amazing.

Approximate Distance: 206 kms | 128 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 20 mins

Accommodation Mt Cook - 3 nights

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Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park and Guided Walk

Mt Cook National Park is a fantasy land of ice and rock reknowned for its exquisite alpine beauty. This is home to the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mt Cook. Its Maori name, ‘Aoraki’ means ‘cloud piercer’ and at 12,016ft (3,755m) it towers above the surrounding snow-covered peaks in the park. A third of the park is covered in permanent ice and snow and the mighty Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier outside of the polar regions. Glacial melt gives the lakes their beautiful milky, turquoise colour. This is the very heart and soul of a World Heritage and National Park wilderness playground. Ice, snow, hidden valleys, lakes and glaciers offer golden opportunities for discovery, relaxation and adventure, there are many walks in the area to take in the dramatic beauty and today you are going to do one of them.

Guided walk up the Hooker Valley
This walk proves breathtaking views of some of New Zealand's highest and most enthralling peaks. Enjoy a stunning 11 km (6.8 mile) trek along over mostly flat terrain to the terminal lake of the Hooker Glacier. The journey encompasses an Alpine Memorial and passes over the turbulent Hooker River by Swing Bridge to unsurpassed vistas of Aoraki Mount Cook's south face and the surrounding glaciers. Your guide will point out the unique features of this alpine world as you enjoy lunch in the shadow of New Zealand's and Oceania's highest peak, standing at 3,755 metres (12,016ft).

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FREE DAY OR OPTIONAL BACK COUNTRY HELI-SKIING

Relax or enjoy some free time take a stroll or embark on the of the many activities offered in the Mt Cook Region or get enthused with some serious back country... If you have the inclination this is a must! Operating amongst the highest peaks in and bordering Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. This is a vast area of huge, heavily glaciated peaks. It has been less than a decade since permits where granted to operate heli-skiing and heli-boarding within this beautiful unspoiled environment. This region offers some of the world’s most spectacular and challenging snow riding terrain. Every year we open up terrain that has never been tracked before. Just east of the 'Main Divide', we spend the day exploring the Liebig and Malte Brun ranges. Expect big vertical, dramatic peaks, breathtaking scenery and the kind of unspoiled snow that you can only dream about.

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LAKE TEKAPO - HIGH COUNTRY

In the heart of New Zealand's South Island lies Lake Tekapo, a beautiful turquoise highland lake surrounded by a vast basin of golden tussock and the spectacular Southern Alps mountains. Finely ground rock in the glacial melted waters give Lake Tekapo a beautifully unique colour. This highland location enjoys some of New Zealand's highest sunshine hours. The unforgettable night sky reveals why Lake Tekapo has a reputation for clear air. Lake Tekapo is approximately halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown. Lake Tekapo offers a wide range of outdoor activities throughout the year: hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, hunting, kayaking, skiing, and star gazing.

Approximate Distance: 106 kms | 66 miles  Total Driving Time: 1 hour 10 mins

Accommodation Lake Tekapo - 1 night

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CANTERBURY PLAINS AND OUR GARDEN CITY

All good things must come to an end and today is the final day of your New Zealand Adventure. Take your time and drive through the Mackenzie country and Canterbury Plains, we suggest you stop for lunch in Geraldine a tranquil, classic New Zealand rural town with a friendly village atmosphere before arriving in Christchurch regarded as the most ‘English’ of all New Zealand cities. 

Approximate Distance: 225 kms | 140 miles  Total Driving Time: 2 hours 50 mins

Accommodation Christchurch - 1 night

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Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

There maybe time for some last minute excursions or shopping before making your way for your outbound flight. Our promise is to make your travels through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible - ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Some suggested excursions if you have time.

Easygoing Cycling Tour Punting the Avon River Lyttelton Harbour Wildlife Cruise
Māori Cultural Evening French Akaroa Tour Southern Alps Ballooning
Christchurch Gondola Clearwater Golf Arthur's Pass TranzAlpine Hike

 
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