Some New Zealand advice if you are thinking of crossing the Tasman sea.
Air NZ fly direct Sydney/Queenstown return on Saturdays, about a 4 hr flight, leaving and arriving at respectable times of the day. Not sure but during winter they may fly mid week. Queenstown has two ski areas, Coronet Peak and Remarkables. Wanaka is only an hour away and has two ski areas, Cardrona and Treble Cone (my favourite). Spend some time in both these places and you won't be disappointed. I prefer the two Wanaka ski areas, usually more reliable snow cover.
If you don't fly direct to Queenstown, then you'd fly to Christchuch and drive for 4.5 hrs to get to Wanaka.
Wanaka and Queenstown are popular tourist destinations all year round, so you get to see some of the most beautiful areas in NZ as well. The towns are below the snow line, so you can still do things like mountain biking, hiking, bungy jumping and lots of other adrenalin junkie activities. There are also vineyards in Queenstown/Wanaka, producing some very nice wines. What more do you need.
(Coronet Peak and Remarkables)www.treblecone.co.nzwww.cardrona.co.nzwww.snow.co.nz
What is the scenery like - spectacular. A lot of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy was filmed in this area. For scenery in this area, and other parts of NZ, check outhttp://www.cleangreen.co.nz/
Air New Zealand web site is www.airnz.co.nz