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South Island Snow Safari

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Fully Guided Adventure Small Group Skiing Winter Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
7 Days
 Trip Starts
Christchurch
 Trip Finishes
Queenstown
7 Day South Island Snow Safari Itinerary (Haka Tours)
Countries Explored: New Zealand
Trip Operator:
Haka Tours
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Max. Group Size
16
Trip Style
Snow
Trip Code
SISS

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Haka Tours 7 Day South Island Snow Safari. If you’ve been looking for an epic guided snow tour in New Zealand, stop your search! Whether you’re new to the snow or an experienced snow hound, we have it all right here packaged up for you. Our expert guides will take you across the South Island's best ski towns: Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Ohau, Wanaka and Queenstown.

Welcome to the best one-week guided ski and snowboard tour of the South Island! Our expert guides are ready to show you the best runs and powder stashes across six different mountains...read more over seven days.

We’ve got everything organised: your transport and transfers to the mountains, your accommodation, lift passes, breakfast and even your entry to the hot pools in Tekapo are all included in this Christchurch to Queenstown snow package.

If you want to add on any extras like equipment hire or lessons, that’s easy! Just click the add-on options when you book the tour and we’ll sort it!

On this small group tour you’ll experience the best ski resorts in New Zealand. Venture to some ‘off-the-beaten-track’ ski areas of the South Island, New Zealand. Our expert snow guides are not only exceptional people, but also live, breathe and dream about snow – with over 100 seasons between them both here and abroad, you know you’re with the best!

While you’ll see a lot of snow on this safari, you’ll also see a great deal of the South Island’s main attractions! We’ve even scheduled one day in Queenstown as a non-ski day so you can book from our range of optional activities, or chill out and enjoy the Queenstown winter vibe.

Itinerary

Kia ora and welcome to Christchurch! Your tour starts bright and early at 6am, 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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lift Pass

Today we take you to Ohau, a remote ski field that can be found midway between Christchurch and Queenstown. Ohau caters for all abilities, with snow ratings of 20% beginner, 50% intermediate and 30% advanced. 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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lift Pass

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 chair lift 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, with a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lift Pass

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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lift Pass
  • Dinner

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!

Included
  • Breakfast

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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lift Pass

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.

Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lift Pass

Trip Inclusions

  • All Abilities Catered For: Beginners to Advanced - If you’re new to the snow, no problem! You can book beginner lessons on Day 1
  • A Day of Adventure in Queenstown - We’ve scheduled a snow-free day to enjoy all New Zealand’s adventure capital has to offer
  • Six Mountains in Seven Days - We’ll take you to Ohau, Treble Cone, The Remarkables, Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt or Roundhill

  • We provide everything you need for the ultimate, stress-free week on the snow in New Zealand:
  • All transport and mountain transfers
  • 6 x lift passes to 6 different mountains
  • Expert tour manager
  • Small group of 16 passengers max
  • Breakfasts

  • Shared dorms in hostels & lodges (max 8 share)
  • The tour price includes dorm share accommodation (4–6 share) but if you would prefer your own space you have the option to upgrade to a private room for the duration of your tour
  • As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to stay at our accommodation in Christchurch 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 of accommodation on the last day so that you are not in a rush once we go our separate ways.

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
  • Beginners – we love showing you the ropes (and the chair lifts, and the best beginner slopes) – this tour is suited to your needs, just add on a Snow lessons package and you’ll have a blast getting your confidence up, and be skiing South Island, New Zealand intermediate runs by the time we wrap up
  • Note that due to unforeseen weather/snow conditions, changes may need to be made to the itinerary. Luckily, our tour guides are super flexible pros, so they’ll make sure you have a good time no matter where the trip takes you

Trip Optionals These optional activities can be pre-booked & included in your trip price.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • The canyon swing is a bit different to a bungy jump, as you’re secured in a full body harness which lets you to depart from the 109 metre high platform in any position imaginable, plummeting into the spectacular Shotover River Canyon. Duration: half day. Read more.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Funyaks are inflatable kayaks and an amazing way to explore the Dart River. Your experience starts with an exhilarating jet boat ride up the Dart River into the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. Duration: 9 hours. Read more.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Heli Skiing is one of the most awesome ways to experience Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World. On this 4 run heli-ski package an expert heli-ski guide will help you choose from 16 mountain ranges and over 700 runs in New Zealand’s Southern Alps for the ultimate untouched snow experience. Duration: Half or Full Day. Read more.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Discover Mount Aspiring National Park and visit filming locations for Lord of the Rings, Narnia and Wolverine on this 2.5 hour guided horse trek. Duration: half day.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • This is the World’s First Commercial Bungy Jump Site created by AJ Hackett. The Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is a bridge which runs over the Kawarau River in the South Island of New Zealand. Duration: allow 2 hours. Read more.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Discover some of New Zealand’s most breathtaking Lord of the Rings filming locations on this 4 wheel drive (4WD) adventure experience. Duration: Half Day. Read more.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • As one of our most popular activities, this trip includes a scenic coach journey through Fiordland National Park to Milford, and a spectacular 90 minute afternoon cruise on Milford Sound.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Are you brave enough for New Zealand’s highest bungy jump? At 134 meters you will experience 8.5 seconds of adrenaline pumping free fall on this truly exhilarating bungy jump over the Nevis River Valley. Duration: half day. Read more.

  • Location: Queenstown.
  • Celebrated as ‘The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’, the world-famous Shotover Jet has thrilled over 3 million people since 1965. Duration: half day. Read more.

  • Book these ski/snowboard lessons to help master the slopes at the beginning of your snow tour.
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