7 Day South Island Snow Safari - Departing Christchurch

Hit 6 different mountains over 7 days on New Zealand's ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour!
Christchurch, New Zealand
7 days
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
What's Included

  • All transport and mountain transfers
  • 6 x Lift Passes to 6 different mountains
  • Expert tour manager
  • Small Group of 16 passengers max
  • Accommodation (max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Breakfast each day
  • Small group (maximum 16 people)
  • Hot Pools entry in Lake Tekapo



  • Christchurch
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Ohau
  • Wanaka
  • Queenstown
  • Treble Cone
  • Cardrona 
  • Coronet Peak
What's excluded

  • Optional activities and accommodation upgrades
Why do we love this

We love how jampacked this tour is. You'll be hitting 6 mountains in 7 days, so get ready for a wild, snowy ride. It's also a good chance to improve your skiing or snowboarding skills if you're a beginner, as your tour guides will help you out - we think that's pretty cool!

What to Expect

Soak up the spectacular South Island snow on this epic safari through New Zealand's most famous ski towns. This is NZ's ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour. Hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and let your expert guide show you the best runs and powder-stashes.

Get ready for the ride of your life!

Day 1 - Christchurch - Mt Hutt
Kia Ora and welcome to Christchurch. Your adventure starts bright and early at 6.30 am at Haka Lodge. There's a whole day ahead of you, so hit the road straight away.  

Head to Mount Hutt, collecting your equipment along the way. Are you ready for a day on the slopes?

Located high in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt. Hutt Ski Area receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. A mountain of 365 skiable hectares, this ski field is an awesome winter experience for all skiers - beginners to seasoned snow bunnies. 

For those after a thrill, check out the many black diamond runs on the mountains South Face. Extreme skiers and boarders can enjoy practising as many different challenges here and novice skiers will enjoy navigating the wide, open trails to build on their skills. 

Day Two - Ohau
Today, you head to Ohau, a remote ski field located between Christchurch and Queenstown.

There are snow adventures for all abilities here, from 20% beginner, 50% intermediate and 30% advanced ratings. 

If you're an intermediate skier check out the zig-zag ‘Luge’, or for experts, hit the ‘High Traverse’ and the ‘Escalator’ to push your limits! 

Ohau offers exquisite dry powder snow terrain and gets you off the tourist trail to experience the awesome range of ski fields available in the South Island of New Zealand.

In the evening, drive to Wanaka for some rest before an early start in the morning. 

Day 3 - Treble Cone
Welcome to the largest ski area in the South Island. In the heart of the Southern Alps, this area has stunning views of lakeside Wanaka.

There's plenty of exciting skiing and snowboarding terrain, and trails to suit all abilities.

Opt for the purpose-built learner area if you're just starting out, or hit the intermediate trails for more of a challenge. If you're really after a thrill, try out some of the natural half pipes on the upper mountain and the challenging advanced runs and ungroomed powder.

Treble Cone also boasts New Zealand's fastest quad chairlift, so you can enjoy more runs per day than anywhere else! The chairlift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain, longest groomed intermediate runs, and the highest vertical drop in the South Island. 

You won't need to worry about the weather here either. Treble Cone's proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and climate, and importantly, means it is protected from the bitterly cold southerly winds.

After your day in the snow, head back down to Wanaka for après-ski heaven. There's a huge number of places to dine, drink and dance the night away so enjoy some downtime after your busy day. 

Day 4 - Cardrona
Get ready for another day of snow fun and adventure. Cardrona is famous among skiers and snowboarders for its terrain and natural dry snow. There are 320 hectares of trails, slopes and chutes here, so you'll be able to spend a day exploring and trying out the different runs. 

Large parts of the mountain are serviced by chairlifts, so there's no standing around in queues - access is easy and waiting is rare. There's also five cafes, a shop, hire facilities and a workshop on the mountain, so if you need a break from skiing, there's plenty to do. 

Day 5 - Queenstown 
Take a break from the slopes today and explore iconic Queenstown. Take part in some adventure activities, go heli-skiing or just explore the town.

Want to soak up some of the South's incredible nature? A trip to the Milford Sound is also a great way to spend the day.

Whatever you decide, you'll definitely be ticking some things off your bucket list today. 

Day 6 - Queenstown - The Remarkables
Today is full of stunning South Island nature. Wide open trails, native Keas, powder snow, spectacular views, sun-drenched terrain and unforgettable runs are all waiting. This is terrain like you've never seen before. 

The Remarks (as it’s known to the locals) is set high in the rugged ranges at the eastern end of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu. High in the clouds, the ski filed has a long, reliable season and is full of sunlight. 

The highest ski field in Queenstown at 1935 metres, The Remarks has something for everyone. Try out one of the most memorable runs in New Zealand: the long, fast sweep called Homeward Bound.

This is a great place to learn to ski, or to test out the skills you've learnt in your trip so far! With sheltered bowls, all accessed by chairlifts, nearly three-quarters of the slopes are rated beginner to intermediate.

If you do want more of a thrill, there's also plenty of off-piste challenges and a new international standard SuperPipe for advanced level riders and skiers!

Day 7 - Queenstown to Coronet Peak
Welcome to the oldest ski area in the South Island. It's the most developed too, so get ready for some incredible on-field facilities. Everything here will ensure your experience is a great one.

A sunny, wide field spread across the mountain, there's a variety runs here and trails to suit every level. Try out the dedicated beginner slopes, hit the longer trails or enjoy some dips and drops if you're a seasoned skier.

Coronet Peak has the goods for boarders too. A natural terrain park, full of endless hits and powder stashes, snowboarding's never been this good! 

Ski/snowboard here until mid-afternoon, then hit the road again back to Christchurch.

You'll arrive back at Haka Lodge at approximately 10.00 pm and there is the option of booking an extra night’s accommodation in Christchurch or extending your stay in Queenstown post tour.

This is a 7-day tour starting and finishing in Christchurch. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We normally use a 22 seater Toyota Coaster, with a trailer for all your gear. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about!

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We make amendments to our tour route on the rare occasions that any mountains are shut or have very poor conditions - going to a different mountain if at all possible. If not possible, we will refund the wholesale rate for your lift pass.

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Yes. If after your two initial lesson days you still feel you would like more instruction, we can organise this for you on the day. The price is from approx $55 NZD per person for a group lesson.

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If you choose to ski, your skis, boots and poles will be included. If you choose to snowboard, your board and boots will be included. If you would like to add on clothing hire as well, you can do this for an additional cost (You'll see an option to do this as you book your tour)

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Skis are from 4FRNT, Atomic and Salomon. Boards are from Burton and Academy. Poles are from Scott. Clothing is from Aggression and ski boots are from Nordica.
Equipment will be hired on the morning of day one and you will have the same gear for the duration of the tour which means you can get used to it and hence progress much quicker. Your gear will be matched to suit your ability and experience.

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Pants, jacket and goggles which you keep for the week.

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The maximum size of a snow tour is 16 people. We book out in advance for during peak season so our average passengers can be very close to 16.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • To travel with us, we require that you are at the minimum age limit of 18 years at the time of travel.
  • Anyone over the age of 50 years is more than welcome on our tours, but please be aware that a moderate level of fitness is required while on tour, so we do recommend that you are relatively fit, healthy and looking for the adventure of a lifetime. If you have any concerns surrounding your age and whether or not our tours will be suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss your options.
  • Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day-pack.

Cancellation Policy:

Outside 45 days - Loss of tour deposit
8 - 44 days - 50% of tour cost
Within 7 days - 100% of tours cost

(Note: Holiday cost includes base tour price, any add-ons and activities booked through us). Please be aware that if you have booked through a third party like a travel agent, their cancellation policy and terms and conditions may differ to our own. Be sure to check their particular terms and conditions, including cancellation policy, as they will apply.

No refund will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason. This includes a refund of accommodation, transport, sightseeing, activities, meals or services not utilised.

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