Queenstown, the Winter Wonderland!
As you probably heard before, Queenstown is also called the ‘Adventure Capital’ and hosts not only a unique experience during warm weather. Central Otago’s winters are bracing, crisp and cold, filled with a numerous amount of outdoor and indoor activities to add to your perfect winter holidays!
Skiing & Snowboarding
While the Northern Hemisphere has to fight the heat during summer, it is ski season in New Zealand and Queenstown with its four surrounding ski fields is the perfect spot for all the ski & snowboard lovers out there. The ski season usually takes place from late June all the way through to early October, with July and August as the peak months to hit the slopes. Shuttle service can be organized on request to enjoy a day full of snow fun from 9am until 4pm.
If you want your day on the slopes to last a bit longer, we recommend Coronet Peak’s night skiing which kicks off on the 22nd of June until 31st of August every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. The ski field with its roller coaster terrain welcomes the new Coronet Express Chairlift this year and is only a 27-minute drive away from Stoneridge.
The next closest ski field, with a 37-minute drive away, is called The Remarkables. Its facilities suit everyone from first timers to seasoned, expert skiers and snowboarders. Each year the ski field hosts several fun snow-sport events throughout the whole season.
New Zealand’s most popular ski field with hobby and professional visitors from all around the world is Cardrona, located a 20-minunte drive up the hill from Cardrona Valley and about an hour drive away from Stoneridge. It is the perfect skiing & snowboarding spot for beginners and first timers to Olympic and X-Games medallists and is also home for the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain parks & pipes.
With Treble Cone being the South Island’s largest ski area, it is definitely worth a visit. Not only the size but also its legendary off-piste terrain makes this snow sport paradise a must-do for your New Zealand winter season bucket list. Treble Cone’s uncrowned groomed slopes are about an hour and a half long drive away from Queenstown.
Snowshoeing & Snowmobiles
A great option for exploring Queenstown’s winter wilderness is going on a snowshoe tour as you are able to walk across unbroken snow and as long as you can walk – you can also snowshoe. Guided Walks New Zealand offers a range of guided tours for families and adventure seekers to experience New Zealand’s back country.
We already know that Queenstown and Wanaka’s mountains are one of a kind and what better way to explore them during the winter season than with a helicopter ride. Enjoy the thrilling backcountry terrain of Mount Cook, Cecil Peak or one of the plenty other mountains around that area out of a helicopter with packages like heli-skiing, a glacier heli-hike or an exclusive heli-snowmobile adventure. Choosing one of those bundles will provide you with a unique winter day on top and around New Zealand’s most breathtaking peaks.
Photo credits: Destination Queenstown
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