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OVERVIEW

Solos Mix

Start/Finish: Christchurch - Queenstown
Accommodation: multi-share (private upgrades available)
Skill level: beginner to advanced

Welcome to NZ's ultimate ski and snowboard tour. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days with an expert tour manager, with a passion for all things adventure and snow, taking care of all the arrangements – you just have to show up and have fun! 

On this snow safari you’ll be accessing the top picks of the mountains.  This package is going to have any ski or boarding enthusiasts think they’ve found their dream snow holiday. Or, if you’re new to snow sports, join us and find your new passion.

Ski fields include: Mt Hutt, Ohau, Treble Cone, Coronet Peak, Cardrona, and The Remarkables plus an entire day dedicated to take up any one of the very many adventure sports on offer from Queenstown.

Packages for novices through to experts; skiers and boarders. This trip will be jam packed with adventure, thrills and lots of laughs – it’s for adventure spirited travellers – join if you love to be on the go!

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    best suited 30 to 49 years
  • Duration:
    7 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    New Zealand
  • Travel Style:
    Essentials, Get Going
  • Accommodation:
    Share arrangements
  • Prices:
    from $1722 per person
  • Transport:
    Minivan
  • Pace:
    4
  • Max Group Size:
    16
REVIEWS

'NZ trip was a fantastic opportunity to join other solo travellers and enjoy beautiful scenery and wonderful snow and ski activities and make some new friends'

Heidi, 37 years, Perth, Western Australia

'This was my first time joining a Solo Tour like this and I must say, I prefer this style of travelling as it encourages you to meet so many new people. I joined the tour because I wanted to go back to New Zealand to snowboard again. Second time around was amazing for me. We got to visit some resorts I had not been to before and my snowboarding has improved a lot in 5 years so I definitely enjoyed the runs much more this time around. I wasn't expecting to become such close friends so quickly with people on the tour and I felt very fortunate to have the room mate that I did because we hit it off right away. I loved the welcome dinner where we got to meet the whole gang! I'm an adrenalin junkie so I loved Queenstown and got to try some activities I had always wanted to do! The tour itself was so well organised so thank you to the staff at Encounter for organising it and also to Cam our guide for just being awesome! I would highly recommend Encounter to anyone and everyone!'

Kylie, 36 years, Sydney, NSW
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INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights’ multi share accommodation (upgrades to private rooms available)
  • 6 x lift passes to 6 different mountains
  • All touring transport including mountain transport
  • Expert tour manager
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Hot pools entry
  • Small group adventure, maximum 16 travellers

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price. 

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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11 - 17 AUG 19
Bookings open
$1772 per person
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THE ‘SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING’

SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STC)
In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price. 

Offer is not available when you book to share a room or in conjunction with any Reduced Single Supplement Offer (RSS) 

Prices per person, in AUD

MULTI SHARE

TWIN SHARE

OWN ROOM

Package Price

$1772

$2092

$2411

SHARE & SAVE

Sharing is either multi share rooms (mixed gender may occur), or upgrade to twin share (with the same gender).  If you upgrade to twin share and a roommate does not get confirmed you must select between the multi share room arrangements, or pay the additional amount to take your on room.

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND/OR AFTER TOUR

 Prices in AUD

MULTI SHARE

TWIN SHARE
(not available
for roommate matches)

OWN ROOM

PRE TOUR: CHRISTCHURCH - room only, no breakfast

 $29

 $39

 $78

POST TOUR:  QUEENSTOWN, Haka Lodge - room only, no breakfast

 $36

 $54

 $108

Note: Pre or post tour twin share only available with a friend, not with roommate match. Roommate matches should book multi share or own room.

EQUIPMENT HIRE 

PRICES OUT SHORTLY

 Per Person

Equipment Hire (skies, boots & pools, or snowboard & boots) 

 

Equipment Hire + Beginner Lessons

 

Equipment Hire + Novice Lessons

 

Ski Clothing Hire (pants, jacket, googles)

 

Helmet Hire

 


Trip Code: nzhkski190811

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN A SNOW SAFARI 
  1. Forget about hiring cars and using chains – all our snow tours include daily transport direct from your accommodation to the snow. 
  2. Stop looking for accommodation – your accommodation is pre-booked and guaranteed.
  3. Sit back and relax after a hard day on the mountain and be taken to your next destination. 
  4. Included breakfast – your guide will have breakfast waiting for you in the morning, so you’ll have heaps of energy for the day ahead! 
  5. 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. 
  6. Your Tour Manager will tell you about the best secret spots and powder stashes – they know the mountains like the back of their hand. 
  7. 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.
  8. Talk to your guide if you want any extra lessons – these can be easily arranged. 
  9. Pre-book any extra activities want to do and your spot is guaranteed.
  10. 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.

Optional Activities
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.

ITINERARY SNAPSHOT

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.

DAY 1

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
Ski clothing and gear hire 

DAY 2
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 

DAY 3
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 

DAY 4
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
Queenstown 

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! 

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS 

  • Heli-skiing
  • Canyoning
  • Horse trekking
  • Canyon swing
  • Bungy (Kawarau or Nevis)
  • Paragliding
  • Skydiving
  • Milford Sound trip
  • Extreme jet boating

DAY 6
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

DAY 7
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

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS
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.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Lake Tekapo

YHA Lake Tekapo

1

Wanaka

YHA Wanaka

2

Queenstown

Haka Lodge Queenstown

3


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

YHA Wanaka

Haka Lodge Queenstown

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

 

YHA LAKE TEKAPO, LAKE TEKAPO

Located right on the Tekapo lakefront, the brand new building features unobstructed views over ice-blue water to the mountains beyond. Enjoy a brand new offering with spacious, modern communal areas, a variety of room types, free WiFi, and an on-site burger bar.

 

YHA WANAKA, WANAKA
Lively, cosy, and comfortable with stunning views out to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, YHA Wanaka is an incredibly popular hostel year-round. It’s relaxed, welcoming vibe and open plan living/dining area get rave reviews in the likes of Lonely Planet.

Excellent communal facilities include several communal areas to relax in, plus a roaring log fire, pool table, reading area, balcony, and movie room. They are on hand to help you make the most of your time in Wanaka and can offer a free travel and activity booking service.

HAKA LODGE, QUEENSTOWN
Featuring multiple kitchens, bathrooms, and lounges that are top of the line, you will feel like you are staying in luxury. The lodge is just a street away from the main intersection in Queenstown (Shotover/Camp Street) and a short walk from the lake and the famous Fergburger! This means they are close to the action, but far enough away to be quiet and peaceful at night! The warm and friendly staff are ready to check you in today, and help you get the most out of your stay in Queenstown NZ.

 

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
Depart from: Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.  If joining the tour from outside Australia, once you have secure your place on the tour please talk to our travel team about making your own flight arrangements.

For international arrivals, you need to arrive a day prior to tour commencement and on the final day of the tour a post night stay is required.

TRANSFERS
Airport Transfers are not included

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16  travellers. This is a Solos Mix tour.

SOLOS MIX
We’ve hand picked a line up of tours with that are popular choices for solo travellers. This is one of them. There’s a mix of travellers, single travellers and couples travelling together – this is our SOLOS MIX offer.  From our ‘know-how’ these are trips popular with solo travellers.

We only select small group tours for our Solos Mix selection. There’s a good likelihood of more than a few solo travellers joining the tour.

For all ‘Solos Mix’ international tours receive our exclusive SOLO TRAVELLER SAVING (STS), when you book the tour with us, with your own room.

THE PACE  [4 out of 5]

You’ll be on the go; it’s a ski/boarding trip after all! Be prepared to have a can do, have a go attitude. Even if you are a beginner, come along with this attitude and you’ll get the most out of the slopes.

It’s an active trip which requires fitness to ensure your enjoyment. It’s not the style trip where you sleep in (except on any free day where it’s at your leisure).   On this trip, we are all here to maximise every moment. We will be up early to get out there, and make the most of our skiing/boarding day.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Visit or Travel Fitness page for more information about the Tour Pace guide.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

TOUR MANAGER
Your tour manager is a friendly snow expert who is passionate about New Zealand. They will take into consideration your level of skiing/snowboarding skills and recommend which slopes to take while on your snow safari.

TRANSPORT
A 22 seater Toyota Coaster, with a trailer for all your gear. A maximum of 16 people will fill the vehicle, there are always some extra seats to lounge about.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack. Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific requirements. Over-limit luggage cannot be carried. HAKA TOURS operates in a similar way and asks if you have over the above limit to please get in touch before your tour. Baggage is at 'owner's risk'. Most airports, hotels & hostels offer storage services for additional luggage.

Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific.

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone. 

SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

TRAVEL GUIDE QUICK FACTS
Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information. 

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'NZ trip was a fantastic opportunity to join other solo travellers and enjoy beautiful scenery and wonderful snow and ski activities and make some new friends'

Heidi, 37 years, Perth, Western Australia

'This was my first time joining a Solo Tour like this and I must say, I prefer this style of travelling as it encourages you to meet so many new people. I joined the tour because I wanted to go back to New Zealand to snowboard again. Second time around was amazing for me. We got to visit some resorts I had not been to before and my snowboarding has improved a lot in 5 years so I definitely enjoyed the runs much more this time around. I wasn't expecting to become such close friends so quickly with people on the tour and I felt very fortunate to have the room mate that I did because we hit it off right away. I loved the welcome dinner where we got to meet the whole gang! I'm an adrenalin junkie so I loved Queenstown and got to try some activities I had always wanted to do! The tour itself was so well organised so thank you to the staff at Encounter for organising it and also to Cam our guide for just being awesome! I would highly recommend Encounter to anyone and everyone!'

Kylie, 36 years, Sydney, NSW

'This holiday was wonderful. I met a group of great people and enjoyed new experiences with them. Even though we were strangers at the start, we became good friends very quickly and this type of holiday means that I can travel and see the world even if I don't have a travel partner. I highly recommend this type of holiday for those wanting to experience the world.'

Alex 43 years, Rockhampton, QLD
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