If you're keen on a winter holiday, make Queenstown at the top of your list. The mountains are easily accessed and the resort has plenty of activities to suit all ages and desires. Known as the adventure capital of the world and also for its stunning scenery, each visit can be a once in a lifetime experience. From easy to extreme, there is a sure abundance of adventure here.
Coronet Peak has really great terrain for all ability levels and first class facilities. The magnificent view of Queenstown, Lake Wakitipu and the Southern alps really shows off the majestic beauty of the area. Many ski teams and people from the northern hemisphere choose to come here to follow the snow. Night skiing also should not be missed as the sunset is fabulous and you are sure to be having so much fun you won’t want to stop.
The Remarkables access road is longer, higher and the view at the top is so incredible you need to see if for yourself. Well known for the terrain park features. If there's been fresh snow the advanced runs are epic.
Beginners won't get bored either because there are several runs for them, and once they’re getting the hang of it, the sugar chairlift goes straight over the park for some great shows of experienced skiers and riders showing off their tricks with green or blue runs back to base. There is also a tubing area which is guaranteed to leave you with a grin from ear to ear.
The season kicks of in June with the Queenstown winter festival which has events all over town and up the mountains for ten days, it really gets a great vibe going. Through out the season there are many other events. The resort has over 150 bars and restaurants so if you're into the night life or apres ski, you will also be sure to have a great time.
Of course weather is always unpredictable when planning a ski holiday, but every day up the mountain gives you the freedom equal to the awesome views of the snow capped mountains that is a scenic beauty of New Zealand and it makes you feel great. There are hardly any days all mountain closes, so part of the challenge is to choose which one and get up there and make the most of the conditions, because every day is different.
For those with a passion of winter activities and adventure, there are also plenty of other mountains within a couple hours, all of which showcase great New Zealand hospitality and cater for other snow related sports including heli skiing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snow shoeing, snow mobiling, mountaineering, ice climbing and more.
Depends what your looking for, but the South Island has it all, and you may as well start your holiday in Queenstown.
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