TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN A SNOW SAFARI
- Forget about hiring cars and using chains – all our snow tours include daily transport direct from your accommodation to the snow.
- Stop looking for accommodation – your accommodation is pre-booked and guaranteed.
- Sit back and relax after a hard day on the mountain and be taken to your next destination.
- Included breakfast – your guide will have breakfast waiting for you in the morning, so you’ll have heaps of energy for the day ahead!
- Make great new mates. Tours are restricted to a maximum of 16 people, with a core philosophy that small groups make for a far better experience.
- Your Tour Manager will tell you about the best secret spots and powder stashes – they know the mountains like the back of their hand.
- When you hire gear as part of your package, you use it for the entire tour, so you only need to get fitted out once.
- Talk to your guide if you want any extra lessons – these can be easily arranged.
- Pre-book any extra activities want to do and your spot is guaranteed.
- There’s the inside know how for best places to eat and drink, so don’t hesitate to ask your guide – they are there to make your life awesome!
There are no wild animals on this Safari - just tonnes of beautiful snow.
It's an early start on day one as we meet at 6am for breakfast at the Christchurch lodge, before we head off to Mt Hutt. In the evenings you are welcome to relax at the accommodations, soak in the local hot tubs, cook in, eat out, go partying or even night skiing... whatever takes your fancy. As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to stay at the Christchurch tour lodge the night before the tour - only having to walk downstairs on the day the tour starts makes for a stress free morning. Likewise, you can book an extra night on the last day so you are not in a rush once we go our separate ways.
With the tour end in Queenstown; we can arrange extra accommodation here as well. You can continue to ski but you won't be able to keep any hire gear that we have given you.
Upgrading your accommodation to a two person private room is available, and we can see out a roommate for you. Or ask about the option to upgrade to a room exclusively for you.
There’s many optional activities - but remember, none of these are compulsory. At time of booking if you’re not sure what you want to add on then you have until 40 days prior to departure to add them on. Or, activities can also be purchased on the road - just let your tour manager know; they will be happy to help. However, we can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest if there are any activities you definitely want to do, that you pre-book them.
DAY 1 Christchurch to Tekapo | Mount Hutt
Introducing Mt Hutt – one of New Zealand’s largest ski fields.
DAY 2 Tekapo to Wanaka | Ohau
A well-kept secret past guests have referred to as a ‘true NZ club experience'.
DAY 3 Wanaka | Treble Cone
One of the most spectacular resorts in the world.
DAY 4 Wanaka to Queenstown | Cardrona
Inspiring terrain and dry, natural snow.
DAY 5 Queenstown
A free day in spectacular Queenstown.
DAY 6 Queenstown | The Remarkables
Remarkable by name, Remarkable by nature.
DAY 7 Queenstown | Coronet Peak
Don’t miss the outstanding view over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
PRE TOUR STAY
The tour starts early day 1 so you need to make plans to arrive the day prior to the tour start (unless you live in Christchurch). The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.
Christchurch To Tekapo Mount Hutt
Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch! Your tour starts bright and early at 6 am, so we promise no cheesy introductions! With a whole day on the slopes ahead of us, we waste no time driving to Mt Hutt. On the way, your guide will make a stop at the ski/board hire shop to collect any equipment required.
Located high in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt Ski Area receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. A big mountain (365 skiable hectares) with great terrain, this ski field is an awesome winter experience for first timers and seasoned powder hounds.
There are plenty of adrenalin-pumping black diamond runs on the South Face, presenting extreme skiers and boarders with as many different challenges as they can handle. The wide, open trails provide easy learning for novice skiers and excellent terrain to build on your existing skills.
Tonight, we overnight at beautiful Lake Tekapo.
SLOPE INFO - Mt Hutt
Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Height: 2075m Vertical: 683m Skiable Area: 365ha
Ski clothing and gear hire
Tekapo to Wanaka Ohau
Today we take you to Ohau, a remote ski field that can be found midway between Christchurch and Queenstown.
Ohau caters for all abilities. From the highest point of 1825m, there is a 400m vertical fall to the base via ‘The Boulevard’, which is a wonderful ride for beginners on a safe, groomed trail as wide as a highway. Intermediates can choose the zig-zag ‘Luge’, and experts can push the limits on the ‘High Traverse’ and ‘Escalator’.
Ohau can offer exquisite dry powder snow and epic terrain – and will get you away from the tourist trail to experience an awesome range of ski fields.
Day 2 also has alternative field options in order to make sure that all experience levels are catered for, with Mount Dobson and Roundhill also offering amazing skiing and boarding.
In the evening we drive to Wanaka, ready to start Day 3 bright and early.
SLOPE INFO - Ohau
Difficulty: 20% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height: 1825m Vertical: 400m Skiable Area: 125ha
Wanaka Treble Cone
Treble Cone lies within the heart of the Southern Alps, with amazing views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka.
It is also the largest ski area in the South Island with plenty of varied terrain. Spread over three large basins, there are trails to suit all ages and abilities. For those newer to snow sports, there is a purpose built learner area and long, groomed beginner and intermediate trails. And for the more experienced skiers and boarders, there are numerous natural half pipes on the upper mountain as well as challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder.
Treble Cone is notable for its Home Basin Express chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else. The saddle quad chairlift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and highest vertical drop in the South Island.
Renowned for dry powder and plenty of it, Treble Cone receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5m and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25m. Its proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and just as importantly, its geography means it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds.
In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, witha huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.
SLOPE INFO - Treble Cone
Levels: 10% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 45% Advanced
Height: 1960m Vertical: 700m Skiable Area: 550ha
Wanaka To Queenstown Cardrona
Cardrona is renowned among skiers and boarders for inspiring terrain and dry natural snow. With 345 hectares of wide, undulating trails, open slopes, steep chutes and awesome terrain parks, there’s something here for all to enjoy.
A wide area of the mountain is serviced by chair lifts, so access is easy. Cardrona’s three basins offer wide-open spaces and a mixture of terrains that are suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities. On-mountain facilities include five cafes, a shop, hire facilities and a workshop.
With over 20 national and international skiing and snowboarding events held at Cardrona each year, it's definitely one of the top mountains in New Zealand.
SLOPE INFO - Cardrona
Levels: 25% Beginner, 50% Intermediate, 25% Advanced
Height: 1860m Vertical: 600m Skiable Area: 345ha
Day 5 is the day to catch our breath and see Queenstown, take part in some adventure activities, or go heli-skiing. You are welcome to hit the slopes again but your lift pass for today is not included in the tour price.
If you can't bear to be away from the snow for a day, there are a number of highly recommended heli-ski options. These will take you to untouched powder in the area. A trip to the Milford Sound is also a great way to spend the day.
Either way, your bucket list is about to take a serious hit!
- Horse trekking
- Canyon swing
- Bungy (Kawarau or Nevis)
- Milford Sound trip
- Extreme jet boating
Queenstown The Remarkables
Wide open trails, native kea, powder snow, spectacular views, sun drenched terrain and unforgettable runs. There’s terrain here like you have never seen and if you’re willing to work your legs a little, you’ll discover super long off-piste runs.
The Remarks (as it’s known to the locals) is set in a vast natural amphitheatre high in the rugged ranges at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. Being so far up is a major plus, giving the ski field a long, reliable season – and the north- facing aspect makes it a natural sun-trap. The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1943m, the Remarks has something for everyone, including one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand – the long, fast sweep called ‘Homeward Bound’.
The Remarkables ski area boasts a new international standard Super Pipe for advanced level riders and skiers. The 150m long, 22m wide pipe is triple the size of the existing terrain park at the top of Sugar Bowl Basin. The expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park and other features, combined with the big mountain possibilities, make The Remarkables the logical choice for the freeriders out there.
SLOPE INFO - The Remarkables
Levels: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height: 1943m Vertical: 357m Skiable Area: 220ha
Queenstown Coronet Peak
Coronet Peak is the oldest and most developed ski area in the South Island. Spread across a broad mountain, the field is wide and sunny with an astounding variety of runs, and the on-field facilities are some of the best around. Everything is designed to ensure you make the most of skiing and boarding.
Everyone can ski like a pro at Coronet Peak – there are dedicated slopes for first timers, long, wide groomed trails and plenty of choice for more experienced skiers. Once you know the ropes, you’ll enjoy the vertical off the express quad, or exploring the rolling terrain with plenty of dips and drops for great variety. For boarders, Coronet Peak is a natural terrain park, full of endless hits and powder stashes. Exclusive night skiing is available on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm. As the sun sinks slowly in the west, the lights come on and the fun begins.
If flying out of Queenstown, a post night will be required as your day will end in the late afternoon.
SLOPE INFO - Coronet Peak
Difficulty: 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced
Height: 1649m Vertical: 462m Skiable Area: 280ha
Extra night's accommodation in Queenstown
Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.