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    Default Snow holiday

    We're thinking of taking a snow holiday, but I'm hearing such mixed reports about the Australian snow fields. Where to go and even if it's worth it as Australian snow seems to be unpredictable. Also the prices seem huge if you want to actually stay on the snow.

    If you've been where was good? I'm tossing up between Australia and New Zealand.

    Any advice appreciated!

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    I'm not sure about New Zealand in winter as we went in summer but flying over Queenstown (we flew into Christchurch) the mountains were still covered in snow so I would think come winter it would be pretty white there. We have friends that go to the snow fields (Victoria) every winter. They stay in Bright and then just do day trips up the mountains. They are yet to be disappointed.

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    Subbing for ideas. Hoping to go next year though.

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    We go to thredbo every year at the beginning of august. Have been for 10yrs now and sure some are better than others but with so many groomed runs we're never disappointed

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    We did Queenstown a few years ago in winter was very cold but loved the snow, we have also done Mt Buller and just did day trios because that is much cheaper then staying on the mountain. This year we are heading to Lake Crackenback.

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    Mt Buller is really good! I used to live close by and loved it.
    I havent been to NZ but DF is an avid snow boarder and loves it. He much prefers it to Australia.

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    Even with the cost of flights, we've found NZ to be better value than the Australian options. Queenstown is great because you have access to several different ski fields (to suit different levels, and for a bit of variety), heaps of eating options, and if you want a day off from skiing there are several attractions/things to do. (I've spent time in Queenstown, Jindabyne and Mt Buller after injuring myself skiing and Queenstown was by far the easiest place to amuse myself).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentoo View Post
    Even with the cost of flights, we've found NZ to be better value than the Australian options. Queenstown is great because you have access to several different ski fields (to suit different levels, and for a bit of variety), heaps of eating options, and if you want a day off from skiing there are several attractions/things to do. (I've spent time in Queenstown, Jindabyne and Mt Buller after injuring myself skiing and Queenstown was by far the easiest place to amuse myself).
    I was actually just looking at Queenstown last night and thinking that. The cost of the flights is absorbed by the savings on accomodation and the accomodation is MUCH nicer. Can you tell me, is it difficult to drive there? With the snow etc? Are the snow areas easy to get to? I know they're close but are they safe drives?

    And is there much to see around there aside from the snow fields? If we had a couple of extra days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CluckySC View Post
    I was actually just looking at Queenstown last night and thinking that. The cost of the flights is absorbed by the savings on accomodation and the accomodation is MUCH nicer. Can you tell me, is it difficult to drive there? With the snow etc? Are the snow areas easy to get to? I know they're close but are they safe drives?

    And is there much to see around there aside from the snow fields? If we had a couple of extra days?

    The driving is generally pretty easy. Occasionally you may have to use snow chains to get to the ski fields, but not too often. Coronet Peak is an easy drive. The road to The Remarkables is a little bit more steep, but okay if you take it slow. Cardrona and Treble Cone are a bit further (closer to Wanaka, so about 1 hour to Cardrona, then further to Treble Cone) but the roads are good. (Last time I visited, Coronet and The Remarks had a shared lift pass, and Cardona and Treble Cone had a different shared lift pass). If you don't want to drive, there are shuttle bus options from Queenstown.

    Near Queenstown, you can ride the Shotover jet, bungee jump, go for a cruise on the lake, visit a wildlife park, ride down the river on an inner tube (if you're mad!), go cart down the hill..... Longer day trips go to Milford Sound or the glow worm caves.
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    I have had a total of 1 snow holiday. If you are into skiing/snowboarding etc every day then Wanaka is good. Lots of mountains with various degrees of difficulty.

    If you don't necessarily want to go just for the skiing then Queenstown is the place to be. Accommodation will be more expensive due to the popularity though.

    When you hire a car they show you how to put the chains on the car. Most people are willing to help too.


 

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