NZ Snow Tours: Guided Family Ski Tour - Wanaka
Here at NZ Snow Tours we take the stress out of your family snow holiday with our dedicated snow packages designed specifically for families. For years now we have been delivering amazing snow experiences to families of all shapes and sizes basing themselves in either Queenstown or Wanaka for an amazing week.
Our Wanaka Guided Family Tours are based in the beautiful town of Wanaka, New Zealand.
- 7 nights accommodation
- 4 day lift pass for each family member
- Airport transfers (Queenstown International)
- Daily mountain transport
- Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
- Driver and guide for the duration of the tour to show you the secret spots both on and off mountain
- Two spare days for experiencing the other attractions in the area including your Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
There are some key advantages to having a fully guided tour with us:
- Our guides are all highly experienced skiers/boarders who will be with you on the mountain, giving you tips and tricks and ensuring you experience the best of the conditions, by using their vast amount of local experience and knowledge.
- They are very experienced at driving in winter conditions, fitting chains and getting you around the slopes.
- Our friendly guides will make you feel welcome and ensure that both you and the kids make the most from your week of skiing/snowboarding.
- They are there for you, and the kids - from picking up a dropped glove to taking a hit from a snow ball, they will do it all with a smile.
- They take the stress out of the week due to their local knowledge and network of contacts in Queenstown and Wanaka - both on and off the mountain.
Forget about the hassle and expense of car hire, with daily pickups and drop offs from your accommodation to the mountain, we've got it all sorted. It all starts at the airport (Queenstown International) where we'll be waiting for you, van at the ready, to kick off your week, and ends only when we drop you off again and say good bye.
We also know how hard it can be to source quality accommodation in peak season for a family, which is why we take care of that as well, and we have a range of accommodation types to suit you - choose from 3 levels of options.
What about lessons, child care or even dinner bookings? No problems, we are super happy to arrange almost anything and everything! What does this leave you to do? Just relax, ski and enjoy time with the family.
Prices: We have 3 different options to choose from.
(Prices are based on 2 adults and 2 child (6yrs - 17yrs) please inquire if your family numbers and ages are outside of this range and we will happily re-quote)
- Silver: $5,199 per family
3 Star, 2 bedroom Family Units or similar.
The pristine lake, fine restaurants and shops are just a short stroll away. These self-catering units have kitchens with a stand-alone full oven and stove top, full-sized fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. The open-plan dining and living area includes a DVD player, 32-inch plasma TV and Freeview TV. There is a ground floor bathroom with laundry facilities, shower and toilet. The two bedrooms are located upstairs along with second bathroom.
- Gold: $5,999 per family
4 Star, 2 bedroom Family Apartment or similar.
This hotel set in a stunning mountain landscape offering spectacular views of New Zealand's Southern Alps. These apartments, ideal for families, are the ultimate in luxury; self-contained with full kitchen and laundry facilities. Both bedrooms can contain either a king-size bed or two singles and also feature Flat Screen TV, ensuite bathroom with shower over bath. The comfortable modern, contemporary living and dining area with Flat Screen TV, an optional sofa bed and a choice of balcony or patio.
- Premium: $7699 per family
5 Star, Two Bedroom Apartment or similar.
In the heart of Wanaka Luxuriously designed rooms await your presence. Deluxe Apartments are on the second and third floors, offering private balconies with awesome lake and mountain views. All apartments have a King bed in the master room and second bedroom either a queen or twin beds, main bath room with spa bath and separate shower. Full designer Kitchen, 50” Television with 50+ Sky channels, DVD and iPod
Itinerary Wanaka 7 Day Family Package 2016
Please note: We want to ensure you get the most out of your ski/board days, and for this reason, our guides will monitor the weather to see what mountain most appropriate. Please use this itinerary as a guide only.
Day 1 – Saturday
ARRIVAL DAY – Your friendly guide will pick you, and your family up from Queenstown Airport
Arrive into Queenstown airport at a time that suits you, and your guide will be there to pick you and your family up. They will drive you to your home for the next week, the pictureques ski town of Wanaka (1hr from Queenstown airport).
You can settle into your accommodation, and then depending on your arrival time, you may like to sneak in one of the many family friendly activities (Puzzling World, jet boating, lake cruise, skeet shooting or just a play in the famous dinosaur playground to name a few). Your guide will also make sure you are orientated with town, and take you to the supermarket to stock up on snacks and supplies if needed. If anyone required ski rental, this will also be picked up on your arrival day.
Day 2 – Sunday
SNOW DAY - Please be waiting in the lobby at 7.30am – Cardrona Ski Resort (35 minutes)
Today we head to Cardrona, which is a fun, family friendly mountain. It’s the best place for kids to learn to ski or snowboard. The resort has excellent leaner and intermediate terrain for developing skills and confidence, and they offer all types of ski and snowboard lessons, for all kinds of kids. Beginner lessons for little ones (as young as 2 years) right up to freestyle lessons for those more extreme in the family! The adults don’t have to miss out on learning, as there are lessons for them too. Perhaps a private one on one lesson to brush up their skills, or join in a group at the scheduled times. No matter what you choose to do, your guide will make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time.
Day 3 – Monday
SNOW DAY - Please be waiting in the lobby at 8.00am – Treble Cone Ski Resort (35 minutes)
Your guide will pick you up this morning and drive you safely to Treble Cone, which is a 35 minute drive away. The drive itself to Treble Cone is beautiful, and once you arrive the views are even more stunning! There are slopes to suit everyone and again, lessons to match any level of ability. The TC Cat will likely make an appearance, which is always a delight to the little ones. If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, make sure you ask your guide to point out some of the filming spots too!
Day 4 – Tuesday
DAY OFF SNOW – Mt Nicholas Farm Experience
Included in your family tour is a trip to visit Mt Nicholas Farm. After a much needed sleep in, we depart to Queenstown for an 11am Mt Nicholas Farm Experience. Once returned from you farm tour there is time to look around Queenstown, grab a coffee, enjoy the shops and take in the views before returning back to Wanaka.
This is an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to a truly authentic, family-run merino sheep farm that produces the highest quality wool for world-renowned Icebreaker clothing company. Depart from the centre of Queenstown and cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board Spirit of Queenstown to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm. Soak up the tranquillity of this stunning area as you take in panoramic views while visiting one of New Zealand’s most rugged and remote high country farms.
- Cruise over Lake Wakatipu to Mt Nicholas High Country Farm with spectacular views up the lake to Glenorchy and the Southern Alps
- Join your guide on a tour of the farm, in a stunning mountain location on the lake edge
- Follow the journey of merino wool in a fun, interactive and hands-on environment – from mustering through to the creation of Icebreaker clothing
- Visit sheep yards to watch sheep being moved by the farm guide and dog
- Meet working animals used on the farm and learn about daily family life
- Morning or afternoon tea including homemade pikelets (pancakes)
Day 5 – Wednesday
SNOW DAY - Please be waiting in the lobby at 8.00am – Cardrona Ski Resort (35 minutes)
Today we head back to Cardrona and it’s perfectly groomed rolling terrian. If the weather permits we will stop in at the Cardrona Hotel for some après ski. The hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most iconic hotels. It offers a great selection of beer and food, and has a great place to sit and debrief about the ski day. There is plenty of space for the kids to run around and explore (if they are that age).
Day 6 – Thursday
SNOW DAY - Please be waiting in the lobby at 8.00am – Ohau Ski Field or Treble Cone
Depending on the group we will either head to Ohau ski field, a little gem tucked away in the alps north of Wanaka, or we will head back to explore Treble Cone again. Ohau is a true beauty, however it is a 2 hour drive away – so it depends how old the kids are in the group. We know the little ones get a bit wriggly if they are strapped in the car too long! The guide will talk about this with the group the day before, and make a decision.
Day 7 – Friday
DAY OFF SNOW – Final day
Your final day is a day off snow, and your guide gets you sorted no matter what you choose to do, scenic jet boats, puzzling world, 4WD Safari, or if the adults want to experience a heli-ski, just consider it taken care off. They family may want to relax and go their own way, which is fine too. There are many sites, activities, shops and cafes to keep you busy all day in Wanaka. A nice restful idea is taking a walk along the crystal clear Lake Wanaka and taking in the magnificent scenery. You may even like to grab some hot drinks to accompany you. Yum!
Day 8 – Saturday
DEPARTURE DAY – Your guide will bid you farewell at Queenstown Airport
NZ Snow Tours hopes you and the kids have enjoyed your time in the snow with us, as today you depart from Queenstown and head home. It is never goodbye though, it is always “See you next time!”
2016 Wanaka Family Departure Dates
- 25-Jun 2-Jul
- 2-Jul 9-Jul
- 9-Jul 16-Jul
- 24-Sep 1-Oct
- Or contact us to arrange a private family tour.
Additional extras please ask for Quotes:
- Equipment rental (Skis, Snowboards, Snow Clothing, Toboggans, Goggles, Gloves)
- Lessons/kids ski school (Private, Groups, Kids Club)
- Babysitting services
- Additional day off activites (Jet Boating, Puzzle World, 4WD Safari)