30 Jan New Zealand Cultural And Ski Trip – Queenstown
Queenstown is the perfect location for a school culture and ski trip experience! Each year in June the snow begins to fall in Queenstown and this small town is transformed into a winter wonderland. The snow brings a special awe to this town. There are festivals, firework shows, ice sculptures, competitions, Haka shows and a lot of skiing and snowboarding of course. A school trip to Queenstown would be very educational and an unforgettable experience that would create lifelong memories for your school group.
Ski Resorts in Queenstown
The ski season begins in mid-June and lasts until the end of October. You can be in the mountains in as little at 20 minutes from downtown Queenstown. There are many resorts to choose from including The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cardrona, Treble Cone, Christchurch and Wanaka. Ticket prices are reasonable and the slopes are challenging for all levels. You can fly directly into Queenstown from most capital city’s in Australia and it’s only about a 3-hour flight. Which is actually quicker than travelling to the Aussie ski fields.
Coronet Peak is the closest resort to Queenstown and the best mountain for learning to ski or board. The ski school is internationally recognized and the slopes are perfect for learning on. This resort is famous for its high-speed chairlifts and reduced ques. You can also enjoy night skiing at Coronet Peak. One-third of the terrain is for beginners, one third for intermediates and one third for advanced. Which is a great split for every level of skiing and boarding.
The Remarkables is another great place to learn to ski and board. It has great views of the surrounding lakes and the resort is set within a natural amphitheatre. There is a dedicated beginner park and some backcountry skiing. This resort has plenty of beginner and intermediate runs. With advanced terrain for the more seasoned teachers!
Treble Cone has the largest ski area in southern New Zealand. This is also the most challenging of all the resorts. Half of the terrain is for intermediate skiers and the other half is for experienced skiers. So if you have a class of experienced skiers or boarders then this would be a great resort for your group. While there is beginner skiing and boarding Treble Cone is more popular with the more advanced skier.
Cardrona resort is said to have something for everyone. It is famous for its terrain parks and halfpipe. Cardrona offers wide open groomed runs and excellent beginner runs and stacks of intermediate terrain. If you like to get ‘big air’ Cadrona’s terrain park will blow you cotton socks off!
Cultural Experiences in Queenstown
Queenstown sits on the famous and stunning Lake Wakatipu. A fun activity is to take your school group on the iconic TSS Earnslaw Steamship Cruise – a 100-year-old steamboat. Embark on a guided boat tour around the lake where you will have the chance to learn about the history of the area.
A really fun night out can be had at the Queenstown Ice Arena. The arena can accommodate school groups and organize special times so that the rink is not too busy. Skating lessons are also available.
Kiwi Haka Show
A school trip to New Zealand is not complete without seeing a Kiwi Haka Show. This show uses dance, song and vocals to tell you about the fascinating Maori culture and history.
Learn about the gold rush in Queenstown by visiting a gold mining village. Your group will have the chance to learn about early settlers, gold mining, it impacts and has a chance to pan for some gold.
Lake District Museum
A school trip is never complete without a visit to the local museum. Have one of the museum guides take you around and explain the many displays of Maori, European and Chinese artefacts.
Queenstown really is the perfect place for a school ski and cultural experience. There is never-ending entertainment and so much history and culture to learn about. Don’t forget that a school trip is not complete without custom ski trip hoodies and cultural trip hoodies. Group hoodies are a great memento of a wonderful adventure.