Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through New Zealand's picturesque South Island, where snow-capped mountains, charming towns, and adrenaline-pumping adventures await. This 10-day winter road trip from Queenstown to Christchurch promises a perfect blend of skiing, scenic drives, and exploration. From the vibrant streets of Queenstown to the serene landscapes of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the ski fields of Methven, each destination offers its own unique charm and experiences. Join us as we embark on this adventure of a lifetime.

Day 1: Arrival in Queenstown

Arrive to the adventure capital of the world and settle into your accommodation while you soak in the stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. Spend the afternoon strolling through the bustling streets of Queenstown, lined with boutique shops, cafés, world-class restaurants and cosy bars. Grab a drink at Ferg's Bar and get planning your next few days.

Day 2: Skiing at The Remarkables

Queenstown is renowned for its world-class ski fields, offering fantastic slopes for both beginners and seasoned skiers alike. Start your trip with a day at NZSki’s The Remarkables, with a variety of green, blue, red, and black runs, along with an impressive jump park, The Remarks (as the locals call it) has something for all levels of skiers. Make sure to take a break and enjoy a beer and a hot dog at the ice bar halfway down Curvey Run. After a big day on the slopes, it’s time to enjoy the Queenstown nightlife. Start your evening in Blue Kanu for a delicious Asian/Pacific fusion meal and finish with a cocktail in Little Blackwood.

Day 3: Skiing at Coronet Peak

You’ve planned your trip well ensuring you’re in Queenstown for one of Coronet Peak’s famous night skis. Enjoy a leisurely start to the day with brunch in town at Yonder followed by some adrenaline on Skyline Luge. You’ll take the Gondola up Bob’s Peak where you will be rewarded with stunning views over Queenstown before hurtling yourself down the mountain on the luge. After a quick snack from Fergbaker, it’s time to head to Coronet Peak. Enjoy twilight skiing as the sun goes down before the mountain comes into its own. Enjoy the beats from the DJ, a cold beer in between runs, and the vibes you can only get from a night ski at Coronet Peak.

Day 4: Explore Queenstown

With only a few days in Queenstown, you want to make the most of your time. Start your day with first tracks at Coronet Peak and enjoy the fresh cord while most of Queenstown is still waking up. Enjoy the morning on the mountain before heading back into town for some activities. With so much on offer, the hardest part will be choosing what to do. Jet boat on the world-famous Shotover Jet, or maybe spend the afternoon among the vines on a wine tour. You could also take the iconic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak for a delicious buffet lunch and farm tour. Finish your last day in Queenstown with drinks by the lake at Sundeck and dinner and margaritas at Margo’s.

Day 5: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mount Cook

Today is a travel day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun along the way. Start your morning with breakfast at local favourite Mora Wines & Artisan Kitchen as you make your way out of town. The drive to Aoraki/Mount Cook from Queenstown is only three hours which means you have time for a couple of stops along the way. As you pass through Gibbston Valley take a leap of faith with the world’s first bungy at the Kawarau Bridge. Once back on the road, the drive will take you through some stunning scenery including the Kawarau Gorge and the Lindis Pass before arriving in Mackenzie District. Your first glimpse of mighty Aoraki will be one to remember as you head towards the National Park.

On arrival to the Hermitage check in to your Premium Plus rooms which offer breathtaking views of Aoraki through big, picture windows. It’s been a big day so there is no better when to end it than a delicious dinner in Alpine restaurant.

Day 6: Ski the Tasman

With another day of skiing ahead it’s important you fuel up. Alpine Restaurant serves a delicious buffet breakfast with everything from eggs benedict to delicious pastries. Mt Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters will pick you up from the hotel before you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – skiing on New Zealand’s largest glacier. With expert guides, you'll navigate the Tasman Glacier, experiencing the rush of skiing down two of New Zealand’s longest ski runs against the backdrop of towering peaks. Enjoy lunch in the snow between runs and a visit to the incredible natural ice cave formations on the glacier. After 5 hours on the snow, you will be airlifted on a scenic flight through the Tasman Valley before returning to the Hermitage.

It's time for a well-earned drink at Snowline Bar in front of the fire. After you enjoy another delicious dinner at Alpine Restaurant it’s time to explore the night sky. You are in the world’s largest gold tier dark sky reserve so stargazing is a must do. The resident astronomers will take you on a journey of the night sky through high-powered telescopes.

Day 7: Methven - Gateway to Skiing in Canterbury

Sadly, it’s time to leave the National Park and head north for Methven. Another scenic drive lies ahead. You’ll be amazed at the colour of the water as you pass by Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo. Stop in Fairlie for a famous Fairlie Bakehouse pie before continuing your journey towards Methven, the gateway to skiing in the Canterbury region. Upon arrival in Methven, settle into your accommodation and prepare for an unforgettable skiing experience. The charming town offers a relaxed atmosphere and a range of dining options, perfect for unwinding after a day on the slopes.

Day 8: Skiing in Mt Hutt

It’s time to hit the slopes of Mt Hutt, one of New Zealand's premier ski fields, known for its wide-open terrain and reliable snow conditions. Whether you're a beginner or an expert skier, Mount Hutt caters to all skill levels, with terrain parks, groomed runs, and thrilling off-piste opportunities. After a day of skiing, you’ll be ready for some relaxation at Ōpuke Thermal Pools and Spa. Here you can relax in the hot pools while soaking in the southern alpine views. Once recharged head back to town to grab dinner at one of the many restaurants in this cosy alpine town.

Day 9: Arrival in Christchurch

It’s an early start to the day so you can make the most of your last couple of days in New Zealand exploring Christchurch. Upon arrival in Christchurch, immerse yourself in the city's charming ambiance. Take a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens, explore the eclectic street art in the central city, or visit the Canterbury Museum to learn about the region's natural and cultural heritage.

Day 10: Exploring Christchurch

Spend your final full day in New Zealand exploring the diverse attractions of Christchurch. Visit the Christchurch Gondola for panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscapes, or embark on a day trip to the nearby Banks Peninsula to discover charming coastal villages and scenic walking trails.

Day 11: Time to head home

Whether you’re a Kiwi or visiting from further afield, the South Island promises an unforgettable winter getaway. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and embark on the journey of a lifetime through this winter wonderland.