A week in Queenstown during the ski season

Date: 7th March 2018

Our family spent a week in Queenstown during the ski season.

We are all skiers, reasonably good, but we prefer fair weather skiing.  Not hard out in blizzards, winds, white outs!  That’s not much fun in our book.

One of the great things about Queenstown is if the weather is a bit ‘iffy’ then there are masses of other things to do on a non-mountain day.  Our nzski Superpasses allowed us to have a break from skiing to sample Queenstown’s other delights.

I suppose that also applies on a fine day when you just fancy a day of less strenuous activity too.

We did not have a hire car as our Queenstown ski package included ski buses to the Remarkables and Coronet Peak, so we were looking for an activity that included hotel pick up.

We had a lie in, wandered downtown, grabbed a great coffee and sat down to look through the many brochures and guide books we had collected to give us some inspiration.

As a family with teenagers we chose to go on a 4WD tour that afternoon.  The Queenstown Lord of the Rings tour with Nomad Safaris appealed to us.  It had LOTR locations for Dad, (a bit of a geek), river crossings for our son and gold panning for our daughter.   Mum was relaxed about all of it and just wanted to look at some gorgeous scenery.   It ticked all the boxes.

We were picked up from their shop on Shotover Street (LOTR merchandise galore!) and set off on our adventure.

Our guide was amazing, had a wealth of knowledge and was really friendly.   We got to do everything we wanted, and our daughter even found a couple of specks of gold which she was ecstatic about.

The Remarkable Mountains were visible in all their glory and the lake was serene and this stunning blue.   We took heaps of photos and had a wonderful time looking through them when we got home.   The snow on the mountains just added the icing on the cake!

We would thoroughly recommend planning extra days on top of your skiing to really make the most of your Queenstown winter holiday to have a go at a couple of the many things this perfect little town nestled in the Southern Lakes has to offer.

Having been to Queenstown for a ski holiday we are now busy planning to go back in summer, and do many more of the wonderful things on offer.  We can’t believe it has taken us so long to discover this paradise right on our own doorstep!