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Home sweet home, Wanaka N.Z

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Been back in Wanaka for a couple of weeks after a brilliant winter season in Colorado,USA and Hokkiado, Japan \:D - Too heaps and heaps of snow all over the southern Alps, already local's are skinning and sliding in great conditions.... feels like mid winter, fingers crossed the snow keeps coming

post #2 of 16

Wanaka is by far my favorite place in the world...

 

BY FAR.

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They usually say 'snow in May melts away' but I don't think so this year. Looking very good.

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Just got back from 4 days in Christchurch and the Alps looked magnificent on the way back across the ditch.  Currently planning on heding back in early September for a trip to the club fields and maybe some heli skiing.

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How long a drive from Dunedin?

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Have a great season; wish I was there!

 

Call when you get back to Colorado!

 

Be well!

Mike

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Originally Posted by DEAN HUNTER View Post

Been back in Wanaka for a couple of weeks after a brilliant winter season in Colorado,USA and Hokkiado, Japan \:D - Too heaps and heaps of snow all over the southern Alps, already local's are skinning and sliding in great conditions.... feels like mid winter, fingers crossed the snow keeps coming

Wow DH, you are truly living an "endless winter".  You are my hero!

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How long a drive from Dunedin?


I think it is usually quoted on the maps at about 4 hours. The locals seem to do it in less time - say three and change. IIRC, it took me a shade more - especially if you factor in the nice winery lunch stop ;).  

 

Hard not to love Wanaka. And Dunedin. And the Kiwis... etc...

post #9 of 16

Dunedin looks like it should be in ski country, but is it.  Never hear mention of skiing and Dunedin.  What's the closest decent skiing?

post #10 of 16

Ohau, is probably the closest, just over 3 hours from Dunedin and a fantastic ski field, mountain, lake, place full stop.

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...and how are the roads?  Do you need four wheel?

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4 wheel drives are preferable on the actual ski field roads but you can get by with 2 wheel drive and a good set of chains. Most of the commercial fields look after their roads really well, some of the smaller club fields are a bit scary. All the roads are unsealed and long apart from Coronet Peak.

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I live in Dunedin. If you drive non-stop to Wanaka it takes about 3.5 hours, but usually you need a meal stop so is generally a 4 hour trip. Queenstown is the same distance If you live in dunedin it is always a weekend trip to go skiing. None of the hills aound Dunedin are high enough for skiing. Christchurch is the best major city to live in NZ if you want to do ski day trips, only 90 to 2 hours to a choice of ski areas.

 

Ditto what 2meke said about 4WD. When driving around NZ in winter you are below the snow line, all the towns are below the snow line except when a storm may come through, but the snow doesn't hang around. I like to have 4WD for driving up the mountain access roads, for those last few kms. It is compulsory to carry chains in NZ on skifield access roads, even for 4WD. Because of the altitude you have to ascend and descend to access ski areas, and conditions can change thru the day, they like everyone to have chains so that they can get down safely in any conditions at the end of the day.  And lotsa days they make 2WD fit chains and 4WD don't it is nice being able t drive past people grovellng abut in md or snow fitting chains and you stay nice n dry n clean. 

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Matt Jones is going to Dunedin in late June for a semester, returning in November.  It sounds like it will not be that easy to get to the hill.  I bet there will be cheap places to stay though.  If anyone has any suggestions at all, send em my way.  At this time he will only be bringing his boots.  I feel that this is a mistake and that he should leave other things behind like books and the like.

 

I am looking closely at going, but the flight would be a problem for me.  I have a difficult time riding the Red chair at Magic to the top.  But it would be an opportunity of a lifetime, something that I have dreamed about since I was a little kid.  Can't see me doing that flight though.

 

Dunedin sounds like a real fine city.  Should be great for a 21 year old.

 

 

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Paul

 

Dunedin is a real university town, it is a great campus atmosphere, the students all live and study within  few square miles right next to the town centre.  He will love it. I can understand him wanting to bring his boots, if your boots don't fit your day can be hell.

 

There will be lots of other students doing weekend trips to go skiing, the ski areas sell cheap season passes to the students at the beginning of the year. He just needs to hook up some like minded student skiers - and sharing petrol costs usually means they want a full car. And preferably one from a wealthy family with a holiday home in Quenstown or Wanaka. The university student association  also own a ski lodge at Coronet peak in Queenstown, students can stay on the mountain - a rarity in NZ (although I couldn't find any links for it they may have sold it)

 

http://www.ouasc.co.nz/

There is a bulletin board on www.snow.co.nz that he can post to hook up rides. (I am a 50 yr old female somehow I think he'd prefer to ski with others his own age) . The ski season doesn't really kick in till early July so he'll have time to track down some possible ski buddies.

 

The flight is a long way but it is so worth it. Business class or Qantas sleeper class is the way to go if you can afford it.  But you can get up and go for a walk on the plane. Air New Zealand have a shceme where you can pa an extra $75 to have an empty seat next to you - if thee are any. When I flew over to LAX in 2006 for my ski trip, I took a late night flight at mindight, plane was quite empty so I got 5 seats in a row in the middle of the plane - I could lie down and sleep. Quickest trip I've ever taken. everyone is having specials at the moment, there probably won't be a cheaper time to come.  If you come and want to ski , I'd suggest August to early Sept for most reliable conditions.

 

And the fact that Matt's semester actually covers the ski season is an opportunity not to be missed, and nz is a beautiful country (skip the north island its all in the south). This is my partners web site, many of these photos are around Dunedin and the Queenstown/Wanaka area where the ski areas are.

www.magiclight.co.nz

 

 

post #16 of 16

Dean - sorry I forgot to say welcome home Dean. You certainly get to live the lifestyle don't you. Wanaka is where I'd like to retire too, I'd be living there now if there were a few more IT jobs. Just have to settle for weekends visiting family. 

 

I was thinking about doing your rookies weekend course this year but can't manage getting to Wanaka for 6 weekends in a row, I have to do a few weekends on call . Maybe another year.

 

Fingers crossed for a good season, this year I'll come and introduce myself if I see you on the slopes, I always have a seasons pass at TC. I'm sure we crossed paths a few times.....

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