What’s new on our ski fields
Coronet Peak, New Zealand’s first commercial ski area, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Over five epic days in August (17-21), the mountain will hum with live music and festivities including a long lunch, a dash for cash, and the Meadowfresh Dog Derby. Check out the full event line-up here. Heidi’s Hut, a local’s favourite tucked away in Rocky Gully, has also been refreshed for this winter season. With the addition of a new veranda, Heidi’s Hut provides the ultimate on-mountain après experience.
The Remarkables has upgraded its Barista Bar this season and is also offering new top-of-the-line rental equipment to ensure guests ride at their peak potential. Skiers and boarders will be welcomed back to its high-speed Sugarbowl six-seat chairlift this season too – the chairlift opened in 2020 and provides access to longer and wider runs including the new Nakahi and Serpentine pistes.
The Remarkables Ski Field
Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone
There’s more time on the slopes and less time waiting in line for tickets at Cardrona and Treble Cone this season with the move over to a new online system. The mountains have also increased their focus on sustainability with free mountain shuttle services and hitchhiking spots up each mountain. Both Cardrona and Treble Cone promote a pack-in/pack-out culture and don’t sell anything in their food and beverage outlets with packaging that needs to go to landfill.
Having only briefly operated before the 2021 lockdown, Willows at Cardrona is arguably still New Zealand’s newest inbounds terrain. Willows is made up of two bowls of undulating intermediate terrain spanning 65-hectares and provides boarders and skiers with a totally new aspect, facing Arrowtown and Queenstown.
Cardrona and Treble Cone have also recently opened Après Wānaka at 50 Cardrona Valley Road. The full café, bar, and restaurant is a great spot to refresh before or after your day on the slopes.
Skiiers on Treble Cone
Après-ski? Yes please
Queenstown is synonymous with après-ski. There is an abundance of places to relax, unwind and warm up with a hearty feed or drink after a day on the powder. Here are some of the new additions to Queenstown's après scene.
Quench your thirst with a cold one and refuel at centrally located Whakatipu Brewing or The Bavarian. Whakatipu Brewing has a variety of house-crafted ale and lager alongside classic pub food with a gourmet, modern twist. The Bavarian is in the new Upper Village precinct and provides a wide range of beers and family-friendly German-style dishes. Think roast pork belly, huge pork knuckles and schnitzels, and freshly baked pretzels.
A playful take on Tex-Mex is El Camino Cantina, in the Upper Village precinct near The Bavarian. The menu is loaded with tacos, burritos, fajitas, buffalo wings and nachos, supported by an all-star, multi-coloured line-up of margaritas, served frozen and on the rocks. The perfect way to start your night out.
Or for an après experience closer to the mountains, head to Gin Garden by Broken Heart at the base of Coronet Peak. Unwind by the fire and enjoy one of the locally crafted, award-winning gins or locally brewed Oktoberfest lager alongside a tarte flambée, a cheeseboard or a hearty main meal.
Where to rest between runs
Despite the pandemic, several new hotels have opened in Queenstown. Here are some of the newest places to rest your head and tired limbs after a day hitting the slopes.
If you are seeking a luxury stay with the extra touch, The Carlin Hotel is the hotel for you. This centrally located six-star hotel offers world-class private spa facilities, in-room dining and butler services, live music evenings, and incredible views over the Whakatipu. Make your winter stay in Queenstown extra special and charter The Carlin’s 12-seat private jet or book a local tour through its boutique chauffeur services.
Sudima Queenstown Five Mile is a new 4.5-star hotel in the bustling Frankton area within the Five Mile retail precinct, near the airport and the ski fields of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Its location and ample ski storage makes the Sudima an ideal base for skiers and boarders seeking comfort as well as proximity to the mountains.
Driftaway Queenstown claims to redefine the holiday park experience, offering architecturally designed cabins, lake-view campsites and campervan parking, as well as great facilities. Located on the Frankton lakefront, this is possibly one of the most unique and classy campgrounds in the country.
The Carlin Hotel