Cool and refreshing, a winter wonderland awaits you at New Zealand ski resorts. Start at Queenstown, the adventure capital of the country, and you can design your custom ski holiday. Whether you’re looking for the convenience of living up on the mountain, a romantic lakeside getaway, or a secluded hideaway with private heli-skiing, you’ll find it on New Zealand’s South Island.
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Traditionally, ski resorts in New Zealand are daytime venues. Most visitors to the area revel in the nightlife of mountain ski towns, and make the daily drive from either Queenstown or Wanaka—but New Zealand’s largest alpine resort is changing this culture. Cardrona is a family-friendly environment perfect for all ability levels. The dedicated beginner hill welcomes newcomers, while daredevils will head straight to the extensive park, complete with an Olympic size half pipe. Here, you will frequently find yourself practising alongside world-class athletes.
What makes Cardrona truly unique in New Zealand is the on-site accommodation. With 15 self-contained apartments on the mountain and a restaurant that stays open late to accommodate guests, Cardrona is setting a new trend.
Now you can wake up to the crisp mountain air and dazzling views. Standing outside on a typical morning, you will barely feel a winter chill as the bright sun warms the rich blue sky, casting long shadows and creating a sharp contrast to the pure white snow. Looking down, you will be mesmerised by the thick blanket of fog that covers the town below. Without the long commute from town, you can sleep late and still be first on the lifts.
The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments
If romance and luxury are your priorities, bask in the glow of candlelight, fine wine, exquisite meals, and sweeping panoramic views of the lake framed by the snowcapped mountains at The Rees.
Complete with all the pampering often missing at home, once you enter your elegant apartment, you may never want to leave—that is, until mealtime. Enjoy a romantic dinner in the award-winning dining room, crafted with fresh, local ingredients that captivate the senses. Be sure to complement your superb meal with the delicate flavours of New Zealand’s top wines. The most difficult decision of your day will be choosing between New Zealand lamb, beef, or freshly caught salmon.
Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, The Rees can arrange for your daily transportation to any of the nearby ski resorts. If you prefer a day off the slopes, there are plenty of options in the Queenstown’s town centre, just a short walk away. If you haven’t been on the slopes for a while, ease your muscles with a massage or enjoy a luxurious spa treatment.
Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
When nothing but the most exclusive will do, Minaret Station will whisk you away via private helicopter to a remote alpine lodge. Wintertime will find you landing on the pristine white snow before being escorted to your luxurious chalet. Attention is paid to every detail, and the natural beauty of the surrounding high country only enhances your experience. You can even enjoy an unforgettable, exhilarating heli-skiing experience tailored to your ability. Return to the lodge for pre-dinner canapés, a soak in your private hot tub, and an elegant evening meal.
Queenstown is magical in the wintertime, catering to your every desire. The ski resorts are there for daytime, but it is the night time options that complete the experience.