Queenstown is known as the home of adventure and for good reason. With a centrally located airport, easy access to world class ski areas and limitless off-mountain activities, Queenstown is literally packed full of adventures just waiting to be discovered.
We’ve provided two plans to make the most of your Queenstown ski holiday by ticking off two mountains in one day. Take your pick of ‘Home Game’ or ‘Further Afield’ or do both over two days!
Night Ski at Coronet Peak
Option 1: Home Game
Head up to The Remarkables ski area and spend the morning exploring the terrain at Shadow Basin. After smashing out a few good runs reward your appetite with a scenic morning tea while admiring the stunning views over the surrounding mountains. The cafe at the base building has a wonderful array of cabinet food and coffee perfect for a mid-morning break. Or, pack a snack and park up by the weather station above the Shadow chairlift to look out over Queenstown. After your break head over to the other side of the mountain and check out Sugar Bowl. The brand new Sugar Bowl Chairlift will make your journey even more enjoyable.
After a chilled morning of slope shredding with your friends, it’s time to head off in search of a late lunch in nearby Arrowtown. Once you’ve replenished your reserves, switch your attention to your next ascent. Coronet Peak is a short drive from Arrowtown and the only ski field in the South Island that offers night ski. Illuminated by bright lights, Coronet Peak's night ski is a unique experience you’ll never forget.
Cruise down the trails with stars overhead and Queenstown’s twinkling lights in the distance while listening to the DJ pumping out the beats. When your legs can no longer keep up with your enthusiasm, it’s time to head to one of Queenstown’s vibrant bars, pubs and clubs.
Option 2: Further Afield
To use ‘sleep in’ and ‘first lift’ in the same sentence, book a night at Cardrona Alpine Resort's on-mountain apartments, a 1-minute walk from McDougall’s Chondola Lift.
Today’s game plan starts off by getting the adrenalin pumping at one of the expertly shaped parks. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to freestyle skiing, Cardrona has the perfect jumps and features to meet you where you’re at and help you progress.
Turn toward Cardrona’s new offering for winter 2021: Soho Basin. With stunning views of Queenstown and 65 hectares of new terrain, there’s a lot to like. The addition of the Basin’s Willows Quad for Soho Basin has increased Cardrona’s lift capacity by 40% meaning faster laps for all.
Grab a bite from Cardrona’s Noodle Bar for the 40minute drive to Treble Cone – fill your boots to keep those legs moving until Treble Cones’s very last lift. Along the way, you’ll notice stunning Lake Wānaka stretching out before you – do not get distracted – we’ve got more riding to do!
Once up Treble Cone, head straight to The Saddle’s myriad of natural halfpipes and playful features to get in the flow of things. When you’re feeling warmed up, stretch your legs on the short Summit hike and ski west toward Matukituki Basin. Perched on the Matukituki ridge, you will find a spectacular panorama of the Southern Alps.