Winter is on our doorstep and so too hopefully is travel to New Zealand. For some truly grand mountains and breathtaking scenery, look at Wanaka and Queenstown for your next ski trip.
Skiing the magnificent mountains of Queenstown
The South Island has the pick of the resorts. Cardrona is a favourite. Long easy slopes for the beginner through to some more challenging slopes. For those who like to push themselves Treble Cone is the place to ski. Queenstown also has some great slopes including Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.
Snowboarding Treble Cone in Wanaka
If you are looking for a secluded luxury villa, we have chosen the South Islands top villas below which can be rented by a group or some individually.
Whare Kea Lodge
Nestled above Lake Wanaka and secluded from view, guests have exclusive access to this piece of paradise.
With timeless interior styling, the lodge is positioned to bask in the stunning vistas and the sun. A heli pad on the front lawn, fully equipped kitchen and a lodge manager onsite to offer you tailor made itineraries and a concierge service, Whare Kea has long been a place for the rich and famous to delight in the ski town of Wanaka.
Piwakawaka Point, Wanaka
Twenty minutes’ drive from Wanaka, Piwakawaka Point Villa is nestled into the landscape on the shores of Lake Wanaka on 330 acres. Of course there’s a tennis court, oversized spa pool, petanque court, private trails, stables, cellar and wine tasting gym and Frisbee golf. Oh and a helipad for heli-skiiers.
Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
Spectacularly situated on Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views from every angle of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. The Lodge offers accommodation in twelve luxurious guest suites, with eight outlying cottages and four suites located in the main lodge. The suites are nestled in a native forest overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the mountain panorama. In a league of its own in Queenstown, the Owner’s Cottage sleeps up to 8 in its four suites.
The Dacha, Wanaka
Large open fires, floor to ceiling glass with a wall of bi-fold doors which open to the outside deck with 180 degree views of Lake Wanaka and the mountains beyond. This is the perfect stay put location for a couple, family group or group of friends travelling together.
Situated 20 minutes from Wanaka Mahu Whenua has five individual Ridgeline Suites (three Homestead Suites and two Cottage Suites) and is also available on an exclusive-use basis for up to 12 guests. The property consists of four adjoining high country sheep stations – Motatapu, Mt Soho, Glencoe and Coronet Peak – which, combined, stretch from Glendhu Bay in Wanaka all the way through to Arrowtown in Queenstown and host some of the most iconic and dramatic natural alpine scenery in New Zealand.
Mahu-Whenua Ridgeline Homestead Eco Sanctuary New Zealand South Island
For more inspiration or to start planning your next holiday, talk to your personal travel manager. You can find one near you here.