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I'm having difficulty finding a travel agent that can set up a 3 week ski vacation staying at hotels in Queenstown and Methven and travelling by shuttle between the various ski areas and the hotels. Does anybody know of a reliable travel agent that can do that?
'dog
post #2 of 14
"travel agent"...what is that?
post #3 of 14
dont they speak english there? you will get by
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Originally Posted by Powderdog View Post
I'm having difficulty finding a travel agent that can set up a 3 week ski vacation staying at hotels in Queenstown and Methven and travelling by shuttle between the various ski areas and the hotels. Does anybody know of a reliable travel agent that can do that?
'dog

Be prepared for some scary bus trips.....the mountain roads are very ordinary.
post #5 of 14
Being a local I don't use travel agents to ski locally but I saw an advert for this company......

I thought some of their package deals looked good value and they have a range of accomodation options from budget to luxury.
http://www.skiexpress.co.nz/
post #6 of 14
Don't miss out the ski areas at Wanaka (especially Treble Cone). The town of Wanaka is about an hour from Queenstown, I'd suggest you tack on a package to include some time here too. I prefer the Wanaka ski areas and the town to Queenstown, but the tourists seem to love the glitz of Queenstown. If terrain and snow conditions are more of priority than night clubs, shopping and lots and lots of restaurents then Wanaka is the town for you. It still has everything you need, and more, but is a bit more laid back than Queenstown. If you book your Wanaka/Queenstown/Methven sectors with the same company like Ski Express they may allow you to be more flexible if conditions are better in one area than the other, don't know, but would be worth asking. At the moment the Canterbury (methven etc) areas have had a snow drought, whereas Otago (Wanaka/Queenstown) has been better, still not as good as it should be but at least you can ski most of the mountain.

Or for something different spend a few nights at a club ski area. Only for those who like off piste because amenities are minimal, but this translates into less people and untrcked powder. Black Diamond safaris organise tours at the club areas. Skiing the club areas is a ski holiday like no other, I can thoroughly recommend as long as all members of your party are up the terrain and have the fitness to have some energy left to ski after riding the tows.
http://www.blackdiamondsafaris.co.nz/

This web site explains some of the differences when you ski club areas and what the nutcracker rope tows are about (just so you know)
www.chillout.co.nz
post #7 of 14
Hey Julie, how's it goin'-I get your smiling mug on pics from the Utah gathering in the shuffle on my screen saver...
The club stuff looks really great -worth a trip to upside down land.
post #8 of 14
Mr Crab - I am doing great thanks, just waiting for the season to start properly here, only had 4 days, nothing worth reporting on yet, marginal conditions. How could I not be smiling in your photos, great snow, and great company.

Powderdog - here is an independent review on Black Diamond Safaris, might give you a bit more a feel for the ski club scene, from a newbies perspective

http://www.snow.co.nz/snowtv/index.a...sletterId=5484
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Originally Posted by Powderdog View Post
I'm having difficulty finding a travel agent that can set up a 3 week ski vacation staying at hotels in Queenstown and Methven and travelling by shuttle between the various ski areas and the hotels. Does anybody know of a reliable travel agent that can do that?
'dog
Dan from Morningstar tours is great, http://www.morningstarskitours.com/
My friend found him online looking for the cheapest price to Switzerland, we used him, and bumped into him by coincidence the following year when we were both doing Queenstown. give him a shout, I don't know if he does Methven, but I know he books trips down there.
post #10 of 14
Treble Cone is pretty reasonable at the moment & prob has the best snow at the moment too

http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=57499

If you are coming for the skiing then this is the place to come.

Yes Tours do package trips but I am not sure if they can do multi destination ones.

I will ask around tomorrow and get back to you.
post #11 of 14
www.snow.co.nz has some packages on their travel page

http://www.snow.co.nz/travel/index.asp

It is also a good web site to easily access all the snow reports for all areas, and other general information.

Camper vans are popular with foreigners for ski trips. It means you can be flexible and go where the best conditions are. Has not appealed to me, especially driving a campervan up our ski area access roads, but lots do it. The rental companies supply the chains, which you must carry. In NZ, we live below the snow line so it is as cold as you might think. You drive up to the snow line each day to ski. There are plenty of camping rounds equipped for motor homes so you have access to kitchens, bathrooms and TV lounges. You don't have to sit in your van all evening, it is just somewhere to sleep and store your gear.

You cannot take the larger campervans into some of the club ski areas, like Craigieburn. This is because the roads thru the beech forest are too narrow, but you can take them to all the commerical ski areas.

Ski Express is owned by Tourism Holdings Limited, who own 'Maui' campervans, one of the largest camper van companies in NZ. So I expect they have campervan ski packages. They used to own Treble Cone too, so always have good packages for there, like a free pass each day, but they sold the ski area to buy more campervans. They are a lot more profitable than a ski area in NZ where you have a short 3 month season in a good year.
post #12 of 14
Anybody skied Remarks, Coronet, or Mt. Hutt recently? I understand TC is just getting by - snow seems pretty minimal at other areas. :
post #13 of 14
TC just getting by is a bit of an understatement.

There is a very good base above 1400m, unfortunately the cafe and loading station for the 6 seater is a 1260m. That means man made snow on the trails down to the chair on the front basin.

Saddle Bowl - 4 seater base elevation is 1575m so consequently above the average 1400m freezing level.

The Summit Slopes are in mint condition and worth the hike.

Pete's Treat (the cat track) to The Saddle Chair is a little thin in one small patch but not to the extent of damaging skis. There are rocks and tussocks showing in some steeper parts but there are always rocks at TC - it is a steep rocky mountain.

Do I wish there was more snow? Yes I would like some cold shitty weather for long enough to dump another metre especially down to 1200 m.

It is stil good skiing at the moment more than enough good snow to keep some very good skiers tired and happy.
post #14 of 14
I have heard that Hutt has quite a bit of gravel on the trails. If you look at the Porter Heights web cams you wonder how they can open. The Canterbury areas are having a lean year, and I am heading up there for the weekend and cannot change my plans. Not sure where I will find snow. Its going to hurt a lot of them financially, especially the club areas. Temple has been struggling I hope this bad season does not finish them off.

Some might say TC is getting by but it it is the best of the bunch this year by a long way. I have had two really fun weekends there so far.
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