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Why NZ Shreds Better

Published March 8th, 2019

Keen to hit the slopes in New Zealand this winter? Excellent idea! Here’s our A-Z lowdown on ski holidays on the South Island including the best NZ ski resorts to visit and what do you when you get there (other than ski and snowboard, duh!)

Best way to see and do it all seamlessly on NZ’s South Island? Book an Oz Snow Ski Package with Student Flights. Oz Snow are the powder professionals and have all your ski and snowboarding needs sorted. We’ve got hot deals on Oz Snow packages to NZ for winter 2019, snap them up while they’re fresh!

Ski stays are all about the lodge life. We recommend cosying up in Alpine style lodges with onsite ski hire, spas, cafes and bars. Or, take your pick of quality hotels or budget-friendly dorm style hostels.

If you haven’t already been told—it’s worth joining the queues to get your burger fix in Queenstown at Fergburger. This local institution is famous for serving up quality burgers and good times.

Located between Wanaka and Queenstown, Cardrona is one of NZ’s most popular ski resorts known for its wide open trails. It’s also home to a popular whisky distillery and the Cardrona Hotel is a great spot for your après-ski session.

Peak NZ Ski season runs on the South Island from mid June through to early October.

Getting to the South Island ski region is easy and direct from Australia. Queenstown has daily direct flights from Australia. Once you arrive, it’s easy to get around either with car hire, taxi, buses or transfers included in your ski package.

If you feel like giving your skis a break for the day, take a day trip to the great wilderness region of Fiordland. You can even take a scenic flight over the Sounds, or a overnight boat cruise. Milford Sound is a great place to kayak and hike or take a relaxed boat cruise and marvel at the epic mountain ranges.

NZ’s most famous glaciers, The Fox and Franz Josef, are located a 3-hour drive from Wanaka. Definitely an unforgettable experience worth tacking onto your ski holiday.

Heli Skiing
Confident skier seeking some serious powder? Save your pennies for a heli skiing ride taking you to the freshest peaks in the region. These steep chutes are the ultimate high for the adrenaline junkie.

Ice skating
Not such a skiing natural? Practise your balance with some fun on the rink instead at Queenstown Ice Arena.

Jet boating
Get a different kind of adrenaline rush on a jet boat ride out on Shotover River.

Kawarau bridge
Keen to bungy jump? You came to the right place. Queenstown Kawarau Bungy Centre is the World Home of Bungy.

Lift pass
Your ticket to ride! (included in holiday packages with Oz Snow). The lift pass gets you to the top of the slopes—getting down is up to you!

Mountain biking
Take a day ride to explore the trails in and around Queenstown. Arrowtown to Gibbston Valley takes you on a scenic ride along rivers and vineyards.

Nevis Valley
Historical and remote back-country first used as a trail route by Maori people. Here you can get amazing views of the Remarkables Range.

Oz Snow
One of the leading tour and accomodation operators in the game, booking with Oz Snow means you’re getting the best deals in the best locations. Oz Snow packages can include accommodation, lift passes, complimentary breakfasts, airport transfers and in house customer support for any questions on the ground.

There’s plenty of it to carve up.

The South Island ski and adventure capital.

Big mountain ski terrain just 45 minutes from Queenstown (one of the big players in the region) included in Oz Snow’s Queenstown Super Pass

Southern Alps
The mountain range that runs through the South Island and the backdrop to so many classic NZ landscapes.

Treble Cone
The closest ski area to Wanaka with the longest vertical rise in the Queenstown region.

What better way to relax at the end of a day on the slopes than sinking into a hot tub? Treat yourself to a spa session in one of the region’s hot pools.

Be prepared to be amazed with vistas and views for days.

A lively town with a carefree spirit, Wanaka is smaller than Queenstown with plenty of wide open spaces to explore.

X marks the spot
Check out the Puzzling World of mazes at Wanaka’s Wonderful World of Weirdness (and the most unusual public toilets).

We already mentioned burgers, but there’s heaps of great places to get a feed in Queenstown, Wankana and the surrounding ski resorts. Not to mention a great supply of local wines from nearby Central Otago region.

(below) Zero
Chill out at the Below Zero Ice Bar in Queenstown for a fun apres ski outing with a difference!

Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.