Positioned between four world-renowned resorts, Queenstown is quickly becoming the Southern Hemisphere ski, snow and ice destination for beginner boarders and expert skiers alike. Whether you are looking for a chilly thrill or winter relaxation, winter sports enthusiasts of all types will enjoy the snowy adventures available in Queenstown.
Dramatic peaks from the Southern Alps surround Queenstown, giving winter sports enthusiasts ample opportunity to try many different types of skiing in the city. There are four famous resorts near the city centre.
With three terrain parks and seven lifts, this resort features gentle slopes and big mountain steeps. Kids ten and under ski free and adult prices range from $45 to $90. Rent boards and take lessons or show off your skills solo – The Remarkables facilities cater to all levels.
For a reliably snowy ski session, visit Cardrona. The high elevation and south-facing location of this ski park makes snow plentiful and dry. This resort offers slopes for all skill levels, but does not offer accommodation. Those looking to ski at Cardona should book lodging in either Queenstown or Wanaka. Full day passes (until 4 p.m.) are $45 for children, $70 for students, and $90 for adults.
The largest ski resort on the South Island, Treble Cone is known for long runs, well-kept slopes and exquisite views. Lift pass prices begin at $45 for children, $70 for students, $95 for adults, and $245 for families.
The Queenstown Ice Arena is the perfect option for skating enthusiasts. Set in the Queenstown Gardens, the arena is a low-intensity family-friendly activity. Tickets to the arena are affordable, ranging from $6-13.
Experience the beauty of the Southern Alps in slow motion. This high altitude walk includes a helicopter ride and a guided tour of the mountains. Availability is subject to weather conditions. Though seasons usually range from 1 June – 30 September, they may extend from May to November. Prices for this adventure range between $455 and $1,430.
Although New Zealand is one of the world’s renowned ski destinations, weather conditions can change quickly. Protect yourself against winter storm disappointment with cancellation cover from Cover-More Travel Insurance. Make every dollar count when you travel.
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