New Zealand, fast growing as a popular travel destination for international tourism, is known for its exotic ski locations and snowboarding activities. Travelers come in scores for ski vacations and road trips to Christchurch, Queenstown, Cardrona Skifield, and Mt Ruapehu. Close proximity to Queenstown makes Treble Cone a favorite for adventure tourism. Queenstown, after Auckland, has the largest number of cheap flights from New Zealand. Almost all major global airlines carriers operate international flights from Queenstown.
Here, we take a quick look at some popular ski tours in New Zealand.
South Island Skiing Sports Tour
The South Island tour includes a visit to ‘The Sign of the Kiwi’, the most panoramic of Christchurch’s viewpoints; take a stroll in the majestic botanic gardens and an enjoyable drive around the bay of Christchurch. Snow sports lovers like to explore South Island’s hidden local ski-fields. The ski area offers wide, open, runs and a rope tow, platter, T-Bar and triple chairlift that offers access to a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails.
Ski vacation in South Island is incomplete without a trip to Mt Cook Village, which has splendid viewpoints and glaciers. Head to Ohau Ski field to glide along the flat wide slopes at the top of the mountain and cruise down the Boulevard and enjoy spectacular views of Lake Ohau and the surrounding mountains.
Queenstown and Fiordland Adventure Tour
Queenstown, known as “the adventure capital of New Zealand” will mesmerize you with Skyline Gondola and spectacular views of the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. You can take a short drive over the Crown Range to Cardrona Skifield, which offers a great base for beginners in skiing. Travelers are particularly fond of the beautiful Treble Cone ski area, which the largest ski area in the South Island. Treble Cone is a superb spot for backcountry skiing and snowboarding. Do not forget to drop in at the historic Cardrona Hotel, one of the original buildings from the1860’s gold rush to New Zealand.
Take a short trip to Lake Wakatipu on the way back to Queenstown. The ski park is offers something for everyone; from challenging slopes to a tubing park. Take a flight from Queenstown if you are returning to India or elsewhere.
Mt Ruapehu North Island Ski Tour
This route, ideal for road trips, is an eclectic mix of adventure and beauty. Travel to Te Kuiti, a small town as the ‘sheep shearing capital of the world’. You will love the miles and miles of kiwi fruit plantations. Put up in a resort or homestay close to Tongariro National Park to get stunning views of three volcanoes: Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngarahoe (Mt Doom).
Mt Ruapehu is one of the most well-known ski and snowboarding areas of New Zealand that comes with superb powder and magnificent volcanic views. Mt Ruapehu, North Island’s highest point at over 2700m above sea level amidst a surreal landscape mixing desert, alpine lakes, volcanoes, and glaciers. Take a short trip to the dairy regions, before you take a flight from Auckland to your native country.
You can also travel to the thermal hot spot of Rotorua or enjoy the cascade lilt at the Huka Falls. Want to add more to the list? Let us know.
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