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South Island snowfields are a winter wonderland. Photo: Bronwen GoraNew Zealand’s ski season winds up as late as mid-October, so a last-minute trip for some mountain magic is definitely not out of the question, writes Bronwen Gora in this special guide.
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To squeeze the best out of a week in this winter wonderland where you get to ski and see as much of the South Island snowfields as possible, a guided tour is a sensible, time-efficient way to go. The Whiteroom Tours’ week-long ski odyssey covers all four major ski resorts around Queenstown and Wanaka by four-wheel-drive and even a helicopter ride or two.

DAY 1: THE REMARKABLES

The day: Our introduction to New Zealand’s infamous ski resort access roads is the 40-minute journey on the gravel path leading to The Remarkables. But we only have to concentrate on the beautiful valley views. Our ski guides, Adam Streete and Stevie Bickerstaff, expertly pilot our group of 10 up the road in two hired four-wheel-drives before guiding us to the resort’s best runs as the snow buckets down. A blizzard has hit just in time to top up the slopes for our week-long trip. Hurrah!

Skiing The Burton Stash terrain park plus two other terrain parks are the big drawcards. World-famous snowboard company Burton built the specialised Stash park complete with man-made cliff drops, a stone hut to jump over, rockwall rides, and log “jibs” (jumps).

Food Simple but satisfying. Two hot meal choices – hefty serves of either Madras chicken curry or chickpea vege curry with rice – plus delicious spiced carrot soup, sandwiches, burgers and sushi.

Best for Families after gentle terrain in a spectacular setting as well as terrain park lovers.

Overnight We stay at the friendly Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on the shores of the glorious Lake Wakatipu and within walking distance of every distraction this holiday mecca offers.

More informationnzski南京夜网

DAY 2: HARRIS MOUNTAINS HELI-SKI

The day: We have officially struck The Best Day of the Season: sunny blue skies and fresh powder everywhere, thanks to a storm. At 8am we leave for the one-hour drive from Queenstown over the snow-kissed Crown Range to Wanaka where Harris Mountains Heli-Ski – New Zealand’s largest heli-skiing operator – has a fleet of helicopters and mountain guides waiting to fly us into the mountains. It’s a dream come true.

Skiing We lay down fresh tracks all day – and not everyone in our group is a strong skier or boarder. The biggest misconception about heli-skiing is that it’s only for experts. Many clients are intermediates and in our group most are heli-skiing for the first time. One, who hasn’t skied for 10 years, finds it easy and has a ball.

Food A mountain picnic of sandwiches, vege soup, wraps and super sweet treats.

Best for Anyone who can ski and board down a regular slope.

Overnight We check into Wanaka’s Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, which has hot tubs and pools to soak in.

More informationheliski.co.nz

DAY 3: SOUTHERN LAKES HELI SKI

The day: We ski with HMH’s rival Southern Lakes Heli Ski. We fly from Wanaka’s airstrip almost 15 minutes across Lake Wanaka into the jaw-dropping peaks of The Minarets.

Skiing We have the experience of a lifetime, landing on knife-edge ridges, skiing the most perfect runs and feeling like we’re in heaven – and, in fact, we are. Heli skiing is the pinnacle of the sport and it rarely gets better than this.

Food This mountain picnic lunch beats HMH – just. As well as gourmet sandwiches and soup, today’s high alpine feast, which was delivered by helicopter, includes hot quiche, sliced tropical fruit, percolated coffee and a delicious chocolate walnut cake.

Overnight Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, Lake Wanaka.

More informationheliskinz南京夜网

DAY 4: TREBLE CONE

The day: Some of us feel like a rest but we simply can’t resist Treble Cone, the South Island’s biggest ski resort. A 35-minute drive from Wanaka up a steep, winding road, TC’s highlights are beautiful views across Lake Wanaka and the alps, as well as the resort’s natural half pipes and exciting terrain. We strike it on a sunny Saturday and at lunch bask on the cafe deck listening to the live guitarist. Bliss.

Skiing Want a challenge? Head for the Motatapu Chutes, arguably the steepest inbounds terrain in Australasia.

Food A cut above the rest, with treats including fresh New Zealand salmon and roast pork.

Best for Intermediate to advanced. Timid skiers and boarders are better off elsewhere.

Overnight Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, Lake Wanaka.

More information treblecone南京夜网

DAY 5: CARDRONA

The day: It only takes 30 minutes to reach Cardrona up the wide access road. We love zooming all over Cardrona’s excellent intermediate terrain. Adam and Stevie lead us down the best lines in the steeper Arcadia Chutes. Cardrona’s views stretch to Wanaka in the north, as well as Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Skiing Best terrain park system in the southern hemisphere, including an Olympic-sized half pipe. A highlight is watching the experts spin and jump in the parks below McDougall’s Quad chairlift.

Food Five eateries from fine dining to an Asian noodle bar. We chow down on pizza, excellent soup and homemade pies on the sunny deck of Captain’s Restaurant.

Overnight Cardrona is the South Island’s only ski resort to offer on-mountain accommodation in the form of apartments. Most visitors stay in lakeside of Wanaka.

Best for Families, due to excellent kids’ ski school; intermediates and terrain park junkies.

More informationcardrona南京夜网

DAY 6: CORONET PEAK

The day: We returned to Queenstown’s Novotel after our day at Cardrona, an easy 45-minute drive, so the next day it takes only about 30 minutes to breeze up Coronet Peak along the bitumen access road. The team loves the rolling slopes, especially the roller coaster-like runs off the Greengates Express six-seater chairlift. However, as Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, some of the group skip skiing on the last day to go sky-diving, paragliding or zooming around in hired Lamborghinis and Porsches. Activity choices abound, from whitewater rafting to winery tours to mountain biking.

Skiing Hit the on-slope ice bars carved from snow near Heidi’s Hut on one side of the resort and at the top of the Greengates Express on the other.

Food Coronet Peak serves up hearty nosh (roast chicken, pork belly) in a huge modern base lodge overlooking the slopes and valley. Excellent coffee too thanks to CP’s own Altitude 1649 roasted beans. That night we celebrate with a farewell dinner at Queenstown’s fine diner Botswana Butchery.

Staying Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside.

Best for Blue run (intermediate) fanatics. It’s also a family favourite, thanks to its benign road access, large comfy day lodge and free Wi-Fi. CP is Queenstown’s closest resort, too, so it’s possible to schedule a half-day ski and afterwards go shopping.

More informationnzski南京夜网.

The writer was a guest of Whiteroom Tours and travelled courtesy of Air New Zealand.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Bronwen Gora is a travel writer and fanatical skier who has dedicated almost every trip in the past 20 years to exploring the world’s ski resorts, visiting well over 100 in the process.

TRIP NOTES

GETTING THERE

There are daily direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Queenstown, and five a week from Melbourne. See airnewzealand南京夜网.au

STAYING THERE

Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, see novotel南京夜网; Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, Lake Wanaka, oakridge.co.nz.

SKIING THERE

Whiteroom Tours guided New Zealand eight-night trip costs $3890 twin share including all lift passes, accommodation with breakfast, two days heli-skiing (four run days) and four-wheel-drive transfers. To find out how to join Whiteroom Tours and Adam Streete from Shinsetsu Mountain Guides next season, go to their website whiteroomtours南京夜网 or phone 03 90056763

MORE INFORMATION

nzski南京夜网; heliski.co.nz; heliskinz南京夜网; cardrona南京夜网; treblecone南京夜网.

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South Island snowfields are a winter wonderland. Photo: Bronwen GoraNew Zealand’s ski season winds up as late as mid-October, so a last-minute trip for some mountain magic is definitely not out of the question, writes Bronwen Gora in this special guide.
Nanjing Night Net

To squeeze the best out of a week in this winter wonderland where you get to ski and see as much of the South Island snowfields as possible, a guided tour is a sensible, time-efficient way to go. The Whiteroom Tours’ week-long ski odyssey covers all four major ski resorts around Queenstown and Wanaka by four-wheel-drive and even a helicopter ride or two.

DAY 1: THE REMARKABLES

The day: Our introduction to New Zealand’s infamous ski resort access roads is the 40-minute journey on the gravel path leading to The Remarkables. But we only have to concentrate on the beautiful valley views. Our ski guides, Adam Streete and Stevie Bickerstaff, expertly pilot our group of 10 up the road in two hired four-wheel-drives before guiding us to the resort’s best runs as the snow buckets down. A blizzard has hit just in time to top up the slopes for our week-long trip. Hurrah!

Skiing The Burton Stash terrain park plus two other terrain parks are the big drawcards. World-famous snowboard company Burton built the specialised Stash park complete with man-made cliff drops, a stone hut to jump over, rockwall rides, and log “jibs” (jumps).

Food Simple but satisfying. Two hot meal choices – hefty serves of either Madras chicken curry or chickpea vege curry with rice – plus delicious spiced carrot soup, sandwiches, burgers and sushi.

Best for Families after gentle terrain in a spectacular setting as well as terrain park lovers.

Overnight We stay at the friendly Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside on the shores of the glorious Lake Wakatipu and within walking distance of every distraction this holiday mecca offers.

More informationnzski南京夜网

DAY 2: HARRIS MOUNTAINS HELI-SKI

The day: We have officially struck The Best Day of the Season: sunny blue skies and fresh powder everywhere, thanks to a storm. At 8am we leave for the one-hour drive from Queenstown over the snow-kissed Crown Range to Wanaka where Harris Mountains Heli-Ski – New Zealand’s largest heli-skiing operator – has a fleet of helicopters and mountain guides waiting to fly us into the mountains. It’s a dream come true.

Skiing We lay down fresh tracks all day – and not everyone in our group is a strong skier or boarder. The biggest misconception about heli-skiing is that it’s only for experts. Many clients are intermediates and in our group most are heli-skiing for the first time. One, who hasn’t skied for 10 years, finds it easy and has a ball.

Food A mountain picnic of sandwiches, vege soup, wraps and super sweet treats.

Best for Anyone who can ski and board down a regular slope.

Overnight We check into Wanaka’s Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, which has hot tubs and pools to soak in.

More informationheliski.co.nz

DAY 3: SOUTHERN LAKES HELI SKI

The day: We ski with HMH’s rival Southern Lakes Heli Ski. We fly from Wanaka’s airstrip almost 15 minutes across Lake Wanaka into the jaw-dropping peaks of The Minarets.

Skiing We have the experience of a lifetime, landing on knife-edge ridges, skiing the most perfect runs and feeling like we’re in heaven – and, in fact, we are. Heli skiing is the pinnacle of the sport and it rarely gets better than this.

Food This mountain picnic lunch beats HMH – just. As well as gourmet sandwiches and soup, today’s high alpine feast, which was delivered by helicopter, includes hot quiche, sliced tropical fruit, percolated coffee and a delicious chocolate walnut cake.

Overnight Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, Lake Wanaka.

More informationheliskinz南京夜网

DAY 4: TREBLE CONE

The day: Some of us feel like a rest but we simply can’t resist Treble Cone, the South Island’s biggest ski resort. A 35-minute drive from Wanaka up a steep, winding road, TC’s highlights are beautiful views across Lake Wanaka and the alps, as well as the resort’s natural half pipes and exciting terrain. We strike it on a sunny Saturday and at lunch bask on the cafe deck listening to the live guitarist. Bliss.

Skiing Want a challenge? Head for the Motatapu Chutes, arguably the steepest inbounds terrain in Australasia.

Food A cut above the rest, with treats including fresh New Zealand salmon and roast pork.

Best for Intermediate to advanced. Timid skiers and boarders are better off elsewhere.

Overnight Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, Lake Wanaka.

More information treblecone南京夜网

DAY 5: CARDRONA

The day: It only takes 30 minutes to reach Cardrona up the wide access road. We love zooming all over Cardrona’s excellent intermediate terrain. Adam and Stevie lead us down the best lines in the steeper Arcadia Chutes. Cardrona’s views stretch to Wanaka in the north, as well as Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Skiing Best terrain park system in the southern hemisphere, including an Olympic-sized half pipe. A highlight is watching the experts spin and jump in the parks below McDougall’s Quad chairlift.

Food Five eateries from fine dining to an Asian noodle bar. We chow down on pizza, excellent soup and homemade pies on the sunny deck of Captain’s Restaurant.

Overnight Cardrona is the South Island’s only ski resort to offer on-mountain accommodation in the form of apartments. Most visitors stay in lakeside of Wanaka.

Best for Families, due to excellent kids’ ski school; intermediates and terrain park junkies.

More informationcardrona南京夜网

DAY 6: CORONET PEAK

The day: We returned to Queenstown’s Novotel after our day at Cardrona, an easy 45-minute drive, so the next day it takes only about 30 minutes to breeze up Coronet Peak along the bitumen access road. The team loves the rolling slopes, especially the roller coaster-like runs off the Greengates Express six-seater chairlift. However, as Queenstown is New Zealand’s adventure capital, some of the group skip skiing on the last day to go sky-diving, paragliding or zooming around in hired Lamborghinis and Porsches. Activity choices abound, from whitewater rafting to winery tours to mountain biking.

Skiing Hit the on-slope ice bars carved from snow near Heidi’s Hut on one side of the resort and at the top of the Greengates Express on the other.

Food Coronet Peak serves up hearty nosh (roast chicken, pork belly) in a huge modern base lodge overlooking the slopes and valley. Excellent coffee too thanks to CP’s own Altitude 1649 roasted beans. That night we celebrate with a farewell dinner at Queenstown’s fine diner Botswana Butchery.

Staying Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside.

Best for Blue run (intermediate) fanatics. It’s also a family favourite, thanks to its benign road access, large comfy day lodge and free Wi-Fi. CP is Queenstown’s closest resort, too, so it’s possible to schedule a half-day ski and afterwards go shopping.

More informationnzski南京夜网.

The writer was a guest of Whiteroom Tours and travelled courtesy of Air New Zealand.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Bronwen Gora is a travel writer and fanatical skier who has dedicated almost every trip in the past 20 years to exploring the world’s ski resorts, visiting well over 100 in the process.

TRIP NOTES

GETTING THERE

There are daily direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Queenstown, and five a week from Melbourne. See airnewzealand南京夜网.au

STAYING THERE

Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, see novotel南京夜网; Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort, Lake Wanaka, oakridge.co.nz.

SKIING THERE

Whiteroom Tours guided New Zealand eight-night trip costs $3890 twin share including all lift passes, accommodation with breakfast, two days heli-skiing (four run days) and four-wheel-drive transfers. To find out how to join Whiteroom Tours and Adam Streete from Shinsetsu Mountain Guides next season, go to their website whiteroomtours南京夜网 or phone 03 90056763

MORE INFORMATION

nzski南京夜网; heliski.co.nz; heliskinz南京夜网; cardrona南京夜网; treblecone南京夜网.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.