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Winter Guide to Queenstown
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Winter Guide to Queenstown

Gear up for winter in Queenstown

Queenstown’s glorious ski fields are  rightly famous. To help you pre-plan your Queenstown winter escape and get the most out of your stay, simply explore our winter guide.

Where to hit the slopes?

No winter trip to Queenstown in winter is complete without a visit to the mountains. During the winter months, domestic and international snow-lovers flock to Queenstown looking to hit the slopes at one of the Southern-Hemisphere’s most renowned ski and snow sports destination.

[Image Source: The Remarkables]
Whether you’re a sports enthusiasts or first timer, Queenstown offers not just one but four ski fields,with varied slopes and terrain, providing a little something for everyone’s skiing or snowboarding abilities. Cardrona is notably one of New Zealand’s most popular ski resorts and is a great choice for both beginners and intermediates.  While Cardrona ski field is located a little further away (appropriately a 60 minute drive from the hotel over the spectacular Crown Range), this ski field provides some of the most reliable ski condition in the country. Due to the mountains high elevation and sheltered south-facing location, you can have confidence that the snow conditions will be swell.Located a 40 minute drive from the hotel, The Remarkables is a popular Queenstown ski field for beginners, youth and families. Offering gentle slopes for first timers and beginners, dedicated freestyle areas, lessons and a recently built high speed chairlift, The Remarkables certainly lives up to it’s name as an amazing ski destination providing fantastic facilities and a friendly atmosphere.If you’re looking to maximize your time on the slopes, Coronet Peak offers Night Skiing – check for uptodate times and dates Being only a 25 minute drive from Crowne Plaza Queenstown, Coronet Peak is a great option if you don’t want to travel too far.

Stay at one of Queenstown’s best facilitated ski hotels

[Image: Snow Gear Storage Facility at Crowne Plaza Queenstown]
We know how important it is to get ready for your ski day ahead and planning and knowing the forecast in advance is the key to a great day in the slopes. The great news is that Crowne Plaza Queenstown is well facilitated for all you snow-lovers out there. We have a bus stop just outside the hotel entrance, daily snow reports, live webcams, ski storage and a fantastic restaurant and bar for you to enjoy après ski after a long day out on the slopes.yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7

Winter equipment hire

Making sure you have the right ski gear up the mountain is paramount. From boots, snowboards, skis and poles, to the right clothing and ski protection gear, make sure you have everything covered by visiting one of the many Queenstown equipment hire specialists.

Other Queenstown Winter Activities

While Queenstown is certainly the ultimate winter paradise for those seeking a bit of ski and snow action, there’s still plenty to enjoy in Queenstown even if you’re not wanting to head up the mountains. Here’s our top pick:

1# Scenic Flights
Take in Queenstown’s awe-inspiring landscapes from new heights. With Air Milford Scenic Flights, you can enjoy a personalized sightseeing excursion and experience incredible views of the local touristic attractions in the region.

2#Queenstown Golf Club
Don’t let the winter snow fool you, Queenstown is an all-year round golfing destination. Take to the green and tee off on what is internationally regarded as one of the most beautiful Golf courses in the world.

3# NZONE Skydive
Let’s face it, if  you’re heading to the Adventure Capital you surely need to “tick” something thrilling off your bucket list. Why not give Skydiving a go?

4# Ice Skating 
Lace up those skates! From mid April until mid October the Queenstown Ice Arena opens for the season. Located just a short walk from town in the Queenstown gardens, this is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy. They even provide quick starter lessons on demand for those new to ice skating.

5#Onsen Hot Pool
Located on the cliffside commanding breathtaking panoramic views on Queenstown’s awe-inspiring landscape, Onsen Hot Pools are the only dedicated hot pool located centrally in the town centre for you to indulge and unwind yourself.

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