Ultimate Queenstown

Snow Packages

Book - Intro to Snow


Introduce yourself to snow with the 5 day first timer snow package.

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.


  • 2 day Cardrona first timer package (Includes: lift tickets, lessons and rental equipment)
  • 3 days Queenstown lift tickets (Access to Coronet Peak & The Remarkables)
  • 3 days rental equipment
  • 5 days mountain transport
  • 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 8:10AM
  • Remarkables departure leaves Queenstown approx 7:55AM
  • Cardrona departure leaves Queenstown aaprox. 7:50AM or 8:50AM
  • Treble Cone 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


Bronze backpacker gear from the experts at Quest Snow Centre. Choose from their bronze range of skis, boots and poles or snowboard, boots and bindings. Doesn't include ski clothing or accessories such as goggles and gloves. These can be added onto your package at additional cost.


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.


Our pick for the most consistent snow and best time of year to visit Queenstown in winter months is August 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:    Friday 7 July to Monday 24 July 
Australian School Holidays:        Friday 23 June to Monday 24 July


There are loads of great winter events on in 2017, so plan your trip around these if you fancy taking part (or not!)

Queenstown Winter Festival:       Thursday 22 June – Sunday 25 June
Winter Games NZ:                        Friday 25 August - Sunday 10 September
Gay Ski Week:                              Saturday 26 August - Saturday 2 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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