A family snow holiday to Queenstown. Located only 10 minutes from the airport, and an hour drive to three large snow resorts. Provides lots of entertainment for both the adults and children especially during the week-long Queenstown Winter Festival.
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Accommodation: Pullman Quay Grand Sydney, Self Contained 1 bedroom Harbour View Suite. Beautiful views!
Getting Around: Taxi or train.
Weather: Cool and unpredictable. Wear layers and a coat for the night.
QUEENSTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL
Accommodation: Platinum Queenstown Villas, self-contained three bedroom townhouse. 2 Levels. Clean, large and cozy.
Getting Around: Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore and quick access to the ski field Coronet Peak (20 mins). Chain stations available on the way up to the mountain. Staff very helpful. Usually, no chains needed this early in the season.
Weather: Very cold but snow is rare in town. Layers and a warm down jacket (I love my Oakley puffer). There’s always good sales in Queenstown if you’re looking to get some last-minute snow gear.
Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off the beginning the ski season. Lots of entertainment and things to do. A good time to visit, although the snow is not always at its best.
Luge in Queenstown. You can catch the gondola or hike up from the bottom. Our 2-year boy old could only conquer about half of the hike. It’s very hilly and uneven so to make your walk more enjoyable bring a kid’s hiking backpack! Kids get freezing while they’re not moving (being carried) so layer up!
The walk to the skyline also acts like a mountain bike track. Tools provided!
LAKE WANAKA REGION
ALPINE RESORT – DAY TRIP
Cardrona, my favorite alpine resort. Perfect for kids but unfortunately a slightly longer drive from Queenstown (1 hr).