South Island Snow Safari

Hit 6 different mountains over 7 days on New Zealand's ultimate guided ski and snowboard tour!

Auckland, New Zealand
Duration
7 days
Max group size
16
Pick up & Drop off
Included
Minimum age
18 years
Fitness level
Moderate
Meals
Included
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What's Included

  • Explore the South Island's best ski towns: Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Ohau, Wanaka and Queenstown
  • Enjoy an epic snow tour full of skiing and snowboarding action
  • Discover the Hot Pools at Lake Tekapo
  • Hit powder in Ohau, Treble Cone, Cardrona and Coronet Peak
  • Perfect your skiing and snowboarding technique with help from your guides
  • Enjoy a personalised tour with a small group (maximum 16 people)
  • All mountain and transport fees included
  • 6 x Lift Passes to 6 different mountains
  • Accommodation ( max 6 share, upgrades available)
  • Breakfast included 

Why do we love this

We love how jam packed 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 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 - 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! 


Day 7 - The Remarkables to Christchurch

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!

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

You'll arrive back at Haka Lodge at approximately 10.30 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. 

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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!

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.

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

Small print
Terms & Conditions:

Age/Child Policy
HAKA TOURS offers’ adventure, snow and mountain-biking tours across New Zealand that are designed for travellers that are young of heart and ready for a good time. 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.

Local Partners
In many parts of New Zealand, HAKA TOURS works with highly reputable local specialist operators. These local partners are all passionate about the activities they operate and offer the same high standards as HAKA TOURS.

Passports & Visas
All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. It is important that you ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. Visit the NZ Immigration website to see if you need a visa to holiday here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/

Luggage Limits
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. Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific requirements. Over-limit luggage cannot be carried. HAKA TOURS operates in a similar way and asks if you have over the above limit to please get in touch before your tour. Baggage is at 'owner's risk'. Most airports, hotels & hostels offer storage services for additional luggage.

Important Information Exclusion of Liability
While HAKA TOURS will take all reasonable steps to provide an enjoyable tour, it accepts no liability for any loss of enjoyment experienced by passengers due to circumstances beyond its control. HAKA TOURS further accepts no liability for any loss beyond its reasonable control and provides no warranties in addition to those set out under the The Fair Trading Act 1986, and nothing herein restricts any passenger from exercising their rights and remedies pursuant to law.
Your Travel Agent will forward booking confirmations and other payments to HAKA TOURS on your behalf, but your Travel Agent is not our agent for receipt of monies. Receipt of booking confirmations and subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipt of those monies by HAKA TOURS, and the Travel Agent has no authority expressed or implied to receive monies on our behalf. There is no liability on the part of HAKA TOURS in respect to any monies paid to the passenger's Travel Agent unless and until HAKA TOURS notifies the passenger (by way of a booking confirmation advice or payment receipt advice) that monies have been received by HAKA TOURS.
The optional tour excursions are not operated by, or at the direction of, or on behalf of HAKA TOURS, its employees or agents or any other persons or companies associated with HAKA TOURS. All Optional Activities are an additional cost to the tour price, and by taking bookings for these tours, HAKA TOURS acts as each optional tour operator's agent.
These tours include the services of operators other than HAKA TOURS, e.g. hoteliers, airlines and optional tour excursions, which are not under the direct control of HAKA TOURS, and whilst HAKA TOURS takes all reasonable care in selecting these operators, it cannot accept responsibility for those operators' conduct or the conduct of their representative employees or agents or for any ramifications of that conduct.
On tours including activities such as trekking, swimming and snorkelling, passengers accept that degrees of risk are involved.
No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of any representative of HAKA TOURS, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. HAKA TOURS will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour.

Amendment Fees
There will be no charge to request a change of tour departure after the original booking has been confirmed, as long as it is done more than two months before the original tour departure date. Any further changes or amendments within 45 days of the tour departure, will incur a $500 NZD amendment fee (except when change is due to HAKA TOURS cancelling a tour departure). If there is any change to the price of the tour that you change your booking too, since the time of your original reservation, the new tour price will apply to the new reservation.

Pre-Booked Activities
The activities' retail prices are set by other operators and may rise at any time, out of our control. Therefore at 45 days before tour departure HAKA TOURS reserves the right to charge customers any difference in price to match the most recent price at that time. We estimate that activity prices usually go up 2-5% per year. The price difference will appear on your account as "Activity Price Alignment". Furthermore, by pre-booking additional activities, you also confirm your acceptance of our "Optional Activities Booked On Tour" policy below which are also operated by a voucher process.
Any activity bookings made within 45 days of departure are subject to availability.

Optional Activities Booked On Tour
Activities booked on tour will be charged at the standard retail rate. We operate a voucher system with our activity partners which means we pay in full via a "voucher" for any optional activities instead of you paying the activity provider direct. The activities you select while on tour will be added to your "Activity Balance Sheet" with the full balance taken at the end of the tour or when your activity balance exceeds $500 NZD. By operating a voucher system with our activity suppliers, we can better manage tour logistics. Your activity balance can be paid via MasterCard, Visa or cash. Credit card payments have a 2% credit card processing fee. Haka Tours do not qualify for any group booking discount with our activity suppliers. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you agree to our activity voucher process while on tour.

Itineraries
Itineraries are subject to alteration without notice and intended as a guide only. Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, public holidays, local festivals and cultural or other reasons. Due to the nature of the terrain and remote areas, weather fluctuations can adversely affect road conditions that may necessitate alterations to itinerary with little or no notice. Any additional expense incurred by the passenger is not HAKA TOURS responsibility. HAKA TOURS can give no guarantee as to the exact arrival and departure times for carriers and operators used by HAKA TOURS in the tour and HAKA TOURS will not be liable for the failure of any other services or attractions beyond its control.

Minimum and Maximum Numbers
As is normally the case with group tours, a minimum number of bookings are required for a tour to be financially viable and to have a pleasant group atmosphere. If adequate numbers cannot be achieved, it may be necessary to cancel a scheduled departure and to offer the nearest possible alternative date (or a full refund of monies paid). The date on which the decision is made whether a tour will operate is 30 days before the scheduled departure date. In the event of a breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles other than those specified to ensure the operation of a tour.
Haka Tours restrict guest numbers to a maximum of 16 per tour. Before making any travel arrangements such as flights, customers are required to receive confirmation from HAKA TOURS that there is adequate space on the chosen departure date, once any other booking requests are processed. In this case, confirmation is in the form of a ‘Welcome Letter’ sent via email by HAKA TOURS
Maximum numbers in shared dorms
Our included accommodation is dorm share (unless you are upgrading to a private room). While our maximum number of guests in a dorm is 6, on rare occasions up to 8 tour guests will share a dorm.

Smoking
Government regulations forbid smoking in tourist coaches. The vast majority of hostels also are non-smoking, with some having designated smoking areas outside.

Customer Feedback
If a problem occurs during your tour, then it is in your own best interests to advise your Tour Manager immediately so that steps can be taken to resolve the matter there and then. If you remain dissatisfied, any complaint must be made in writing to us within 30 days.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is your responsibility. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade strongly recommends you obtain travel insurance at the time you pay for your travel. Failure to obtain travel insurance is at your own risk. When obtaining travel insurance, you must declare all pre-existing medical conditions and any adventurous activities, e.g. skiing, mountain biking, etc.

Accident Compensation Commission (ACC)
If you are injured while in New Zealand, ACC may be able to help with the cost of the treatment and support you need while you're here. However, it is important to be aware that you cannot sue for personal injury - ACC replaces that right. Furthermore, ACC only covers treatment and rehabilitation costs while in New Zealand; it is not a replacement for travel insurance and does not cover illness, disrupted travel plans or emergency travel to get you back home.

Your Responsibilities
Haka Tours do not tolerate any form of abuse, verbal or otherwise, of its personnel. Any person abusing or threatening Haka Tours personnel or associated representatives will automatically forfeit their right to onward travel.
There may be times when Haka Tours’ personnel and representatives have to make a decision in the interests of safety. It is a condition of booking that you comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed representative of Haka Tours. If you do not comply with the said representative or are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of members of the tour, Haka Tours reserve the right to refuse to allow you to continue the tour. In such a case Haka Tours will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any additional costs incurred by you. Haka Tours cannot accept liability for the behaviour of others on your tour nor if any facilities are curtailed as a result of their actions.
You agree that Haka Tours representatives may take on tour photographs and video recordings of you while you are a passenger. These may be used in the Haka Tours’ brochures and advertising and publicity material (including social media) without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films.
You agree that Haka Tours may use any text written in comments books, recorded in customer surveys or input to online forums, in brochures, websites and advertising and publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of comments.

Fitness and Medicals
Some activities are strenuous in nature. Passengers should be of reasonable health and fitness and carry all required medication. HAKA TOURS must be advised of any prior medical conditions at the time of booking.


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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