Trip Deals of the Week: A Luxury Ski Break in Wānaka

Cardrona is located near Wānaka.

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Cardrona is located near Wānaka.

There’s still time to make the most of this year’s ski season. Two of the best and largest ski areas in the country are just a short drive from the alpine village of Wānaka. Book four or six days to carve up Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone, with bonus accommodation just up the road in Queenstown.

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Luxury ski holidays

Take four or six days to explore the majestic Wānaka Mountains. Includes accommodation in Queenstown, either at the ski lodge-style Heritage Queenstown or the Rees Hotel on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, plus daily passes to Cardrona Alpine Resort or Treble Cone, a short and scenic drive away road. Starting at $685. Use until September 30, 2022.

To book: travel-booking.stuff.co.nz

The complete shebang

View from a tub at Mahu Whenua.

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View from a tub at Mahu Whenua.

Mahu Whenua luxury lodge sits on 136,000 acres overlooking Mount Aspiring National Park and Lake Wānaka. The complete lodge experience package includes two nights in a suite, a two-hour 4×4 tour with gourmet picnic, plus breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments and canapes during your stay. Pay $4540 for two guests through December 19, 2022.

To book: mahuwhenua.co.nz

Tricycle tour

Visit Wānaka on the back of a three-wheeler.

Wanaka NZ/Victoria Caffrey

Visit Wānaka on the back of a three-wheeler.

Book two adults and two children (7-14 years old) on the Wānaka Trike Tour “Wānaka & Surrounds” and save 20%. Exciting hour-long tours include Lake Wānaka and the beautiful surroundings of Glendhu Bay, the town of Albert and the Clutha River, with informative commentary included. Use promo code ‘FAMILY’ when booking.

To book: wanakatriketours.co.nz

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Fly over the Unesco World Heritage area.

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Fly over the Unesco World Heritage area.

Save $81 per person on this all-inclusive tour with Southern Alps Air. Departing from Wānaka, the four-hour trip takes in the pristine, rugged landscapes of Milford Sound and Mount Aspiring and more than 100 glaciers. Land in Milford Sound before traveling its length on a small vessel. Then, take the return flight over the Unesco World Heritage area. Pay $499 (usually $580).

To book: southalpsair.co.nz

Roy’s Peak Experience

A hiker at the edge of Roy's Peak in Wānaka.

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A hiker at the edge of Roy’s Peak in Wānaka.

Save yourself the 10-mile round-trip hike and beat the crowds by taking this scenic helicopter flight over Mount Roy. The combo tour with Ridgeline Adventures includes a 4×4 farm safari through the spectacular lakeside scenery of Wānaka, as well as the flight to a private viewpoint on Coromandel Peak – Roy’s Peak. For $669 adults, $465 children, the three-hour package includes transfers and refreshments.

To book: ridgelinenz.com

Early bird special

Bike Glendhu has 30 km of trails.

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Bike Glendhu has 30 km of trails.

Book now to save $50 on 2022/2023 season passes for Bike Glendu. Just a ten-minute drive from Wānaka Township, the mountain bike park offers a 30km network of pedal-only trails at scenic Glendhu Station. Adult passes starting at $349 are valid for the entire season, from September 10, 2022 until early June 2023.

To book: bikeglendhu.co.nz

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