Ultimate Queenstown

Snow Packages

Book - First Timer


Introduce yourself to snow and explore three of Queenstown's Ski Resorts with the 5 Day ALL INCLUSIVE First Timer snow package.

This package has everything you need: 

  • All Transfers
  • Lift Passes
  • Beginner Lessons
  • ALL INCLUSIVE Equipment Rental (with all hardware, clothing, helmet and accessories needed)

With the right combination of strategically place lessons combined with time to practice what you've learnt, you'll go from novice to snow bunny in no time.

Your rental equipment is collected on mountain for your first 2 days so there is no need to worry about wrestling with foreign equipment on main street Queenstown until you know how to do it in style. Simply board a pre-booked bus directly from your accommodation, check in on the mountain and the friendly staff from Cardrona will take care of your equipment, direct you to your lesson meeting point and get you started on the slopes.

At the end of your two days at Cardrona you'll be ready to grab your next three days equipment from Queenstown and hit the runs at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Take what you've learned and explore the Queenstown mountains from top to bottom.

Packages are based on Adult rates. 
For Child rates, Senior Rates or Family packages please enquire and we will happily send through a quote. 
We can add on any Queenstown activities and tours as required!


  • 2 Day Cardrona First Timer Package (Includes: Beginner lift tickets, lessons daily and rental equipment hardware collected on the mountain)
  • 3 Days Queenstown Lift Tickets (Access to Coronet Peak & The Remarkables)
  • 3 Days Rental Equipment Hardware (either Skis/Boots/Poles or Snowboard/Boots collected in central Queenstown for your last 3 days)
  • 5 Days Clothing and Accessories Bundle (Includes: Jacket, Pants, Helmet, Gloves and Goggles)
  • 5 Days Mountain Transport ex. central Queenstown hotel pick ups (20+ stops)
  • Return Airport Transfers



  • 2 days at Cardrona Alpine Resort

The Cardrona First Timer Package includes lift passes, rental equipment and lessons. On the first day you will get a learners area lift pass and two lessons. On the second day you have to access to all mountain lifts, you get started in the morning with a two hour lesson at 10:20am, then have the afternoon free to practice and explore.

Your next 3 days skiing/snowboarding you will visit:

  • Coronet Peak
  • The Remarkables

Refer to our Ski Resort page for full mountain information.


Departs: From over 25 locations around Queenstown.

  • Coronet Peak departure leaves Queenstown approx 8:00AM
  • Remarkables departure leaves Queenstown approx 8:00AM
  • Cardrona departure leaves Queenstown approx. 7:30AM
  • Bus departs all resorts at 4.15PM (ski lifts close at 4PM)

Duration: Depending on road & weather conditions

  • Coronet Peak bus trip approximately 30 minutes
  • Remarkables bus trip approximately 45 - 60 minutes
  • Cardrona bus trip approximately 75-90 minutes


Silver equipment rental + clothing and accessories bundles are from the experts at Quest Snow Centre. Choose from their mid-range range of skis, boots and poles or snowboard, boots and bindings. Equipment to be fitted and collect in central Queenstown for your hire duration. Includes 1 Free Rest day off the slopes. 


Services all domestic and international flights from early June through early October, for the winter season. Please advice your flight times and airline upon booking.

Package Prices

Price: $1,229.00

Lift Tickets

Lift passes and prices valid at either Coronet Peak or Remarkables for the 2020 Winter Season.

  • 3 Day Lift Passes
    • Coronet Peak or Remarkables - Queenstown Superpass

Lift Tickets, Lessons, Rental Equipment

  • Cardrona First Timer Package + Transport - 2 Days
    Day 1: Includes lift passes, rental equipment and lessons. On the first day you will get a learners area lift pass and two lessons. Day 2: Access to all mountain lifts, you get started in the morning with a two hour lesson at 10.20am, then have the afternoon free to practice and explore. Rental Equipment is either skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots.
    • Cardrona First Time Package

Mountain Transport

Transport to either of Queenstown's closest mountain resorts, Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. Prices valid for the 2019 Winter Season.

  • 3 Day Mountain Transport
    • Coronet Peak or Remarkables Bus

Airport Transfers

Experienced local drivers are there to meet and greet you upon arrival at the airport and transfer you to your Queenstown accommodation.
Services all scheduled domestic and international flights arriving and departing Queenstown airport. Shared Service.

Please Note: Transfers outside of the central Queenstown - Frankton Road route may be charged an extra fee. For example, transfers to Arthur's Point, Arrowtown, Kelvin Heights, Shotover Country and Lake Hayes are not included.

  • Return Airport Transfers
    • Both Ways

Ski Rental

Rental Hire Includes: 

Either Skis/boots/poles OR Snowboard/boots [To be used in 4 Days/1 free non-ski day]

  • 3 Day Silver Equipment Rental
    • 3 Day Silver Equipment Rental

Includes: Jacket, Pants, Helmet, Gloves and Goggles. Equipment to be fitted and collect in central Queenstown for your hire duration. Includes 1 Free Rest day off the slopes for use over 6 days. 

  • 5 Day Clothing and Accessories Bundle
    • ADULT


Our pick for the most consistent snow and best time of year to visit Queenstown in winter months is late July to early September!


If you don’t have kids then travel outside of the incredibly busy school holiday periods. It may save you time and money! Plus you don’t have to share the slopes with the holiday crowds!

New Zealand School Holidays: Saturday 4th July to Sunday 19th July
Australian School Holidays: Saturday 27th June to Sunday 19th July


There are loads of great winter events on in 2020, so plan your trip around these if you fancy taking part (or not!)

Queenstown Winter Festival: Thursday 18th June – Sunday 21st June
Winter Pride - Gay Ski Week: Sunday 30th August - Tuesday 8th September

How do I make up my own package? I can’t see one that suits me

Email us for a custom itinerary and we'll put something together for you.

Do you have a package that would suit if I've never skied/snowboarded before?

Our 3 or 5 day first timer packages would be perfect. You'll get two lessons with a qualified instructor on day one, access to all the beginner area and lots of time in between lessons to practice what you've learned. Day two includes a lesson and learning at the same ski school works better. We recommend Cardrona as it is less busier and more space for beginners.

Is clothing included in the packages?

No, however you can rent all clothing necessary where and when you collect your rental equipment.

Can I take a day off with the packages?

Yes, with most packages a day off the slopes can be taken at anytime during your holiday. However, if you have rental equipment included, you can only take a break for one day. This is due to the rental equipment only allowing one days grace absolutely free of charge when you hire equipment for three days or more. If you wish to take more than one day off over your holiday you will need to either return the rental equipment in-between or pay for the extra days hire.

Can I swap between skiing and snowboarding on a package?

Yes, with the exception of the 3 or 5 day beginner packages as it is recommended that you stick to one discipline during the learning phase. Chat to the rental staff on arrival and they can advise you.

Should I get a lesson if I have never skied/snowboarded before?

Yes. At least one lesson is recommended if you have never skied/snowboarded before. The instructor will teach you techniques and ways to do things to prevent injury. You will progress much faster in lessons with a qualified instructor rather than if you were to learn from a friend or just go for it on your own, meaning the rest of your ski holiday will be much more enjoyable.

Is there anything to do for non-skiers?

Yes. There is tubing at Coronet Peak and guided snowshoe tours available. Browse the Thrill and Relax areas of our site to see the numerous activities available to book in Queenstown. If you can get bored in the adventure tourism capital of the world there is something wrong.

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