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Luxury Ski in New Zealand

An eight-day, seven-night itinerary showcasing the skiing paradise of Queenstown, with exquisite accommodation at the beautiful Matakauri Lodge and Minaret Station offering a fabulous contrast of the region. Included in this itinerary are several unique ski sites offering different experiences, a unique helicopter adventure with glacier landing, and a thrilling heli-ski adventure which can be tailored to individual ski abilities (available July – September).

  • Five nights’ accommodation at Matakauri Lodge in a Suite, including pre-dinner drinks, all meals, and all on-site activities (excluding lunch on Day 5)
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge in an Alpine Chalet, including all meals and all on-site activities
  • Meet and Greet at Queenstown Airport with local host
  • Leisure time on Day 1 and afternoon of Day 3
  • Skiing experiences at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Cardrona on Days 2, 4 and 5
  • Milford Sound Helicopter Excursion inc. Glacier Landing on Day 3
  • Heli-skiing in the Southern Lakes Region on Days 6 and 7

  • Private vehicle transfers:
    • Queenstown Airport to Matakauri Lodge on Day 1
    • Matakauri Lodge to Coronet Peak (return) on Day 2
    • Matakauri Lodge to Milford Sound (return) on Day 3
    • Matakauri Lodge to The Remarkables (return) on Day 4
    • Matakauri Lodge to Cardrona (return) on Day 5
    • Matakauri Lodge to Minaret Station via Queenstown Helipad on Day 6
    • Minaret Station to Queenstown Airport on Day 8
Exclusions
  • International flights to and from New Zealand
  • Lunch on Day 5
  • Telephone calls
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Additional recommended activities as listed on Days 1 and 2

Days 1 – 5: Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown

On the sparkling shores of Lake Wakatipu rests Matakauri Lodge, an alpine lakeside retreat nestled within the serene and breathtaking landscapes of the Queenstown region. Offering twelve luxurious and private guest rooms and suites, equipped with generous amenities and superb views, the lodge is nestled within native forest overlooking the lake with panoramic mountain views as a backdrop. Spacious lounging areas and superb dining options alongside their full-service fitness and spa offerings make Matakauri Lodge one of the finest five-star stays in Queenstown.

 

Days 6 – 8: Minaret Station Alpine Lodge at Lake Wanaka

An authentic high-country New Zealand experience, Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is found at the head of a stunning glacial valley in the heart of the Southern Alps 3000ft above sea-level. Only accessible via helicopter, Minaret Station treats its guests to true wilderness landscapes with plenty of comfort and style, with guests hosted in luxuriously furnished chalets with king beds, private decks set with hot tubs, all-inclusive ensuites, minibars, and amenities. Tailored and exclusive adventure activities ensure a premium stay in a spectacular setting.

While we endeavour to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities and guide only rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, conditions, government restrictions, and other reasons beyond our control.

Please consult your Travel Designer to check on full terms and conditions, availability, and to make an enquiry.

Kia ora and welcome to New Zealand! Upon arrival at Queenstown Airport, you will be met by your local host and assisted with your luggage. From there, you’ll enjoy a private vehicle transfer to Matakauri Lodge.

 

At Matakauri Lodge, you can spend the afternoon at your leisure. The following optional activities are recommended:

  • Spa at Matakauri Lodge
  • Personalised Winery Excursion in the Southern Lakes Wine Region
  • Shotover Jet (30mins)
  • Guided Art Tour in the Southern Lakes Region
  • Dart River Jet Boat Wilderness Excursion (3hrs)
  • Historic Arrowtown
  • The Skyline Complex

After a private vehicle transfer in the morning, you’ll enjoy a full day of skiing at Coronet Peak. Coronet Peak is located a few minutes away from Queenstown, New Zealand. It is renowned for its roller-coaster terrain across a series of interconnected bowls offering exhilarating skiing and riding for all levels. Coronet Peak also holds live music events in its extended deck area.

Upon conclusion of the day, you’ll be transferred back to Matakauri Lodge for a relaxing evening.

Today you’ll enjoy a special Milford Sound Helicopter Excursion including a Glacier Landing. The icon of Mitre Peak beckons you as your helicopter lifts off to begin your journey into Milford Sound, past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls, out to the Tasman Sea to land on a wild West Coast beach. Get up and close with some of the most spectacular mountains and glaciers in the Southern Alps before landing at Milford. Experience the Sound up close and personal with great photo opportunities of Mitre Peak and the Bowen falls. Upon departing Milford take in the beautiful blue-green icefalls, true rivers of ice, as you upon the exclusive Ngapunatoru Plateau of Mt Tutoko. Return via isolated valleys with impressive views to make this special trip truly memorable.

After this, you can spend your afternoon at leisure at Matakauri Lodge. The following optional activities are recommended:

  • Snowmobiling in the Southern Lakes Region
  • Dog Sledding
  • Snow Shoeing

After a private vehicle transfer, you’ll enjoy a full day of skiing at The Remarkables. Across the valley, The Remarkables offer gentle slopes more for beginners and families. Its high alpine location, north facing sunny aspect, fantastic terrain parks, great snow and friendly, relaxed nature make it a true alpine experience for all ages.

Upon conclusion of the day, you’ll be transferred back to Matakauri Lodge.

After a private vehicle transfer, you’ll enjoy a full day of skiing at Cardrona.  Cardona is the second largest ski area in the Queenstown – Wanaka region. It is renowned for being a fun and friendly ski resort and has some of the most reliable snow conditions.

Upon conclusion of the day, you’ll be transferred back to Matakauri Lodge.

Enjoy two days of heli-skiing in the Southern Lakes region. Heliskiing in the Southern Lakes region is known for extensive terrain, and untouched powder. You’ll access incredible glacier skiing, with terrain spanning 11 breath-taking mountain ranges, allowing you to heliski or heliboard pristine snow with highly experienced and professional guides and pilots.

 

The extensive terrain around Wanaka and Queenstown allows anyone from intermediate to expert to find runs to suit their ability. The alpine maritime environment has no trees allowing breath-taking views, and the endless untouched backcountry features wide-open bowls, steep chutes, rock drops and natural half pipes. The best terrain for the day is dictated by snowfall and weather conditions. This is heli-skiing – the perfect escape from the everyday and the perfect way to recharge your senses.

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Minaret Station Alpine Lodge to Queenstown Airport before departure.

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