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New Zealand See & Ski » Wine, Dine, Ski and Milford Sound Bonanza (minimum 7 days)

Wine, Dine, Ski and Milford Sound Bonanza (minimum 7 days)

This really is the ultimate way to make the most of a week to ten days in Queenstown during the winter. A total of at least 3 full days and two half days skiing at Coronet Peak, Remarkables, Cardrona, including night skiing with pizza and pinot, a perfect day of fine dining excellence, a wine tasting safari in the beautiful Gibbston region and an incredible flight and boat into Milford Sound.

Almost the perfect week to ten days In Queenstown. Three full days skiing and two half days, some of the best dining experiences in the region, a day trip to Arrowtown and wine tasting and lunch in Gibbston (the Valley of the Vines) and a lifetime memory flight and boat cruise into Milford Sound. All this with your Siamo local guide to show you around the mountains with their favourite runs, the best spots for coffee, the routes away from the madding crowds, visits to their favourite aprés ski local haunts and a luxury evening hot pool to soak away the pains!

This minimum 7 day Siamo Local Experience is the ideal way to spend your week in Queenstown or you can add extra days off in between to be free to do your own thing - lie in bed, shop, party till late or try some of Queenstown’s sight seeing activities such as a day trip to Milford or how about a crazy adrenaline activity such as Bungy Jumping, Jet boating or a Canyon Swing.

Your Siamo local guide is on hand for your entire stay providing transfers to and from the mountains on your ski days where they will be your guide or being on hand to recommend dining spots, book any adventure activities, tune your skis, drink wine with you, and of course impart our famous Siamo knowledge on the Wakatipu region. Are there really giants in the lake, or gold in them there hills? Even talk to them about taking you on a gentle trail run or hike in the evening after your days activities.

Wine, Dine, Ski and Milford Sound Bonanza (minimum 7 days) Itinerary

1: Ski Remarkables

Day one and we are most likely to ski the Remarkables to kick things off. Your Siamo Local Guide will pickup you around 7:30am to head up for a guided days skiing. There is lots of explore at the Remarkables from gentle wide open runs for families and intermediate skiers to lots of adventure for those who might want to hike up on to a ridge line or into the chutes. The plan is to ski to somewhere around 3:30pm depending on how the groups legs are feeling. During the day you get to call the shots on when to break for coffee, lunch, wine, beer or all of the above!!!

Although lunch is not included today after the days skiing your Siamo Local will whisk you away to their favourite aprés ski bar for a drink and refuel. If that is not enough then it’s back to your accommodation for a freshen up before you hit the town to bogey late into the Queenstown night or try some of the fine dining restaurants around town. Your guide can help you book the right one for you.

2: Ski Coronet Peak

Today we are heading to the Jetset mountain of Coronet Peak. Your Siamo Local will pick you up around 8am. Like yesterday the aim is to be skiing in between 9:00 to 9:30am but you get to call the shots. You might need an extra coffee to get going, those boots might need an extra shove to get on, or you might want to hit the slopes as soon as the lifts open to rip up the groomed piste!

During the day again the group calls the coffee breaks and how hard or fast we ski. Your local guide will introduce you to a whole load of secret runs, cruiser piste and epic off-piste (conditions allowing). Even for the most advanced skiers your guide will find something to challenge you. As well as regular coffees we will stop for our reservation at Heidi’s Hut for an hour lunch break of fabulous pizza and local Pinot Noir (included).

The afternoon skiing usually raps up in between 3 and 3:30pm depending on the group often with a cheeky beer in the base building before it is down the hill for a one-hour luxury soak in a private Onsen Hot Pool. Look out over the Shotover River from you secluded sanctuary enjoying a glass of local Gibbston Valley Bubbles, and Kiwi chocolate and ice-cream! You will get dropped back to your accommodation in time for a freshen up before you hit the town (or the bed)!

3: Arrowtown wander following by Gibbston Valley wine tasting safari and lunch

We will let you sleep in this morning, get over your ski days, take a late breakfast and relax before we head to Arrowtown for a very leisurely wander around the historic gold town. Walk at your leisure through the Chinese gold miner's Village, the boutique shops or along the picturesque Arrow River (home to so much of the regions gold).

At your leisure we will head into Gibbston for a wine tasting safari at a selection of your Siamo Local Guide’s favourite wineries. Try the world respected Pinot Noir, the different variations of Pinot Gris, the famous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or some of the quirky Chardonnay, Riesling and Syrah being made in the region. When the test buds are exploding we stop for a wonderfull platter of regional specialities - meats and salamis, local cheese and pates.

And then when the body is screaming no more fantastic food, no more delightful wine - we might pop in one more wine tasting to build up some dutch courage before we stop at the world famous Kawarau Bungy Jumping bridge - the home of Bungy Jumping. There is more than enough time for those who are game enough to challenge gravity (and keeping all the days activities inside your stomach).

Returning to your accommodation late afternoon you have the entire evening to relax, maybe it’s hitting the tiles tonight for some late night partying or if it’s possible more fine dining! Why not talk to your Siamo guide into taking you for a gentle trail run early evening. It is a great way to see some of the off the beaten track places in the region and to burn off some of those calories we consumed today.

4: Cardona

An earlier start today as your Siamo Guide will pick you up with your skis all waxed and tuned between 7 and 7:30am ready for our days skiing at Cardona - a 45 minute drive away over the Crown Range. Cardrona is an epic resort with a wide range of skiing for every level from wide open undulating pistes perfect for sweeping GS turns to some challenging chutes and off-piste for the advanced skiers. Cardrona is also home to some of the Southern Hemisphere’s (if not the world’s) best terrain parks, half pipes and massive jumps. Unfortunately, it might be a challenge to get your guide into the parks - but you can certainly try!!!

Although lunch is not included there are a plethora of eating options from standard New Zealand ski field self-service food to some more luxurious cafe style gourmet burgers, salads and hearty meals or sit down to a quality Asian noodle bar.

Our day’s skiing draws to an end around 3:00 to 3:30pm and we head down into the Cardrona Valley for a quick photo at the bra fence and then a local beer (or wine) and some great wedges to refuel at the Historic Cardrona Hotel. Established in 1863 the Cardrona Hotel has been featured in more television commercials than any other building in New Zealand. We should return to your Queenstown accommodation around 6:30 to 7pm.

7: The Perfect Day

This is one of our absolutely favourite days ever. We meet early for a fantastic breakfast at the Bespoke Kitchen in Queenstown - voted New Zealand's best cafe in 2016!! From there we plan the day's skiing with the group - will it be the Remarkables again or Coronet Peak. It's your choice and your Siamo Local will have at least a few more secret runs up their sleeve that you might not have yet done!

If you don't want to ski that is all good too spend the morning at your leisure in and around Queenstown or head out for a short hike (trail run or even bike ride) on some of the fabulous trails surrounding Queenstown.

We don't plan to ski all day today and by 1pm we are off the mountain and heading to the well-renowned Amisfield Vineyard and Restaurant for a sumptuous degustation long lunch with accompanying local wines. There is no hurry as we meander into the late afternoon taking breaks between courses for a walk between the vines or a game of pétanque. We aim to be back at your accommodation around 5pm and for those who are catching the last flights out of Queenstown (for dreaded work tomorrow morning) we can deliver you to the airport with just a little time to spare.

5: Night Skiing

This morning is completely free for you to do your own thing. Relax in bed, wander around the shops of Queenstown, take the Earnslaw across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak, or are you crazy enough to take part in some of Queenstown's other epic adrenalin activities like Jet Boating, Paragliding, or a Canyon Swing. Your Siamo Local can organise any of these for you at our preferred Siamo rates.

Then mid afternoon your Siamo local guide will pick you up at your accommodation for a late afternoon ski  into the night, combined with Pizza and a few glasses of Pinot Noir. Night skiing on Coronet Peak is an experience not to be missed, oftern with live music and lots of social fun on the terrace. Venture off trail into the blackness or ski the well lit piste. 

Depending on the groups enthusiasm we look to depart the mountain between 8:30 and 9pm to be back at your accommodation around 9:30 - just in time for a quick shower and off to hit the tiles again (maybe).

6: Milford Sound flight and cruise

Let's hope last nights skiing (and dancing) has not tired you out too much as today we head out for what we promise will be one of the greatest experiences of your life as we fly over Aspiring National Park and to the wonderful Milford Sound, where we cruise the Fjords with a small intimate boat operator.

The flight in a small fixed wing plane will be a highlight of your trip as we hop over the Southern Alps and out toward the wild West Coast. Milford Sound is continually rated as one of the most 'must visit' destinations globally by the likes of Conde Nast and Trip Advisor. You will see towering waterfalls, deep fjords, and hopefully some of our friendly locals (dusky dolphins, fur seals and blue penguins)!

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