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Activies & skiiing

by Samscalling

Hi there

We've just started thinking about a holiday to NZ, but I really know nothing about it so I need to do some research, I was wondering if anyone could help on here too though. We're thinking of going in late June/early July, flying from the UK to Singapore, staying for 2-3 nights, then flying onto NZ. I think we'd have to fly to Auckland, then get an internal flight to Queenstown, as if we flew to Christchurch, not sure how we'd get to Queenstown as we won't have a car.

The idea was we'd spend 5 nights doing activities, sightseeing etc, then go up to the mountains and ski for the rest of the time.

Would there be enough to do? Places to see, stay? Can you stay in a hotel in the mountains? I'd like to transfer from a city hotel to the ski hotel if we could.

Any advice much appreciated - I'm excited, but clueless!!!

Sam xx

Re: Activies & skiiing

by 2Cities1Love

Hi there :-) There ARE flights from Christchurch to Queenstown via Air New Zealand.

There is plenty to do in and around Queenstown but remember it will be winter and the weather can make getting around quite tricky. Places nearby include Arrowtown, Wanaka and Glenorchy. Also, weather permitting, getting to Milford Sound would be worth the effort.

There are lots of places to stay in Queenstown as well as some ski resorts in surrounding areas. The above sites should help.

We have a fair bit on the South Island (no skiing stuff tho lol)in our pages and some video at

Sue & Col

Re: Activies & skiiing

by allikat

Yes, there are frequent flights between Christchurch and Queenstown. The decision on whether to fly into Christchurch or Auckland will likely depend more on which airline you fly from the UK with.

I think you will find plenty to do during your stay - check out some of the pages here on VT, that should start you off with some good information and give you some ideas.

Travel Tips for Queenstown

General Merchant Post & Telegraph

by kiwi

If you do manage to drive up the Crown Range, to Cardrona, take a look at the lovely store and petrol bowser, situated next to the Cardrona Hotel.
It is the General murchant, Post and Telegraph centre.


by grets

In town we meet the Shotover Jet people at The Station and are taken to the start of the ride. We don waterproofs and life jackets, then board the jet boat. We have brought our own jackets and waterproof trousers, having been warned that you get very wet.

Steam Train - Kingston Flyer

by Robmj

This tip is in the off the beaten path section, as the train and Kingston are situated around 50km from Queenstown at the southern base of Lake Wakatipu.

The Kingston Flyer is a vintage steam train and the original train started operating in 1878.

Today, the train runs on a 14km stretch of track between Kingston and Fairlight station.

Its season is from October until April and has two trips per day leaving Kingston at 10am and 1.30pm. You can do a one way journey or return. An adult return ticket costs (2009) $45 and there are childrens's and family consession tickets.

This makes a great day out or a great stop if you're heading to TeAnau and Milford Sound.


by imstress

Wanaka is rated as the best town of my South Island trip.

Very beautiful secneries here. There are mountains, lakes and clear blue sky and nice weather. What else could I ask for?

In winter, you could go for skiing as there are many good skiing slopes around here.

It has a unique cinema Paradiso located at Ardmore Street near the Caltex Station. Go there early and select your favourite seat.

I would love to spend a day at The Puzzling World by Stuart Landsborough. This is a very interesting place for all ages. You wil be fascinated by all the Illusions. It is like a mini Science Centre back home.

A Queenstown Institution!!

by grantravel about The Cow Restaurant

While in Queenstown we were told to go to The Cow for dinner and we were not disappointed.

I don't know whether it was the authentic wood-fire pizza made in the stone oven or the warm and cosy atmosphere inside this medieval looking stone hut but I still remember it to this day.


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