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Our SNOW SAFARI is New Zealand's ultimate guided ski and snowboard holiday. We hit 6 different mountains over 7 days and our expert guide will show you the best runs and powder-stashes.

We offer 3 package types which means if you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned powder-hound, we have a package suitable for you

Our base tour is budget-friendly, while our add-on activities let you customise your holiday to what you want it to be.

Looking for a self drive package? - then take a look at our 7-Day Heli-Shred Skiing/Snowboarding Package

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What's included in this tour?

  • Accommodation (max 6 share, private upgrades available)
  • 6 x lift passes for 6 of NZ's best ski fields
  • All transport and mountain transfers
  • Breakfast
  • Guided tour of each mountain - best runs and powder!
  • Hot Pools entry in Lake Tekapo (day 1)
  • Enjoy après-ski environments of Wanaka and Queenstown
  • Free day in Queenstown with optional adventure activities!
  • World class heli-skiing available at a great rate
  • Beginners Pack includes 2 days' lessons and gear hire
  • Lift Pass and Hire Pack also includes gear rental

Snowboard & Ski NZ Packages - the ULTIMATE Snowboarding & Skiing NZ Experience

Independently ranked the #1 Snowboard & Skiing New Zealand Tour, we take our tour guests around the top ski fields in the South Island. What makes us stand out from the crowd? Here is just a handful of reasons:

  • Our base tour is budget-friendly. If you are looking for a cheap ski holiday, come to us!
  • Got more money to spend? Then customise your tour with premium add-on's like skydiving, jet-boating and upgraded accommodation and not to mention our very popular heli-ski packages!
  • We are the only tour company that lets guests add-on activities in advance
  • We give a personalised experience. Our tour groups are small at a max size of 16; this lets you get to make great friends.
  • Small groups mean that our tour guides can give you a superior experience; they take you around the slopes and help you find the best skiing spots suited to your ability.
  • Our tour guides are super friendly. Think of them as a super-helpful and friendly mate!
  • All ages (18+) are welcome!
  • New to snowboarding/skiing? That is fine! You'll quickly learn with our easy lessons and will come away with new skills and experiences. We have beginner packages which include lessons and gear hire, lift pass and hire packs for those that don't lessons but need to rent gear and lift pass only packs for those that have their own ski's or snowboard!
  • Got some experience under your belt? You'll be stoked at how your skills progress with us!
  • Advanced? Our tour guides will show you some wicked terrain to rip up; heli-skiing is a highlight for many!

In the evening you are welcome to relax at the accommodation, soak in the local hot tub(s), cook in, eat out, go partying or even night skiing... whatever takes your fancy.

7 Day Snowboard & Skiing NZ Tour - Three Packages Available:

Beginner Pack (N$1,999): includes 2 days' group lessons and learner's lift passes, 4 days' full lift passes, and ski/snowboard hire for the week.
Lift Pass and Hire Pack (N$1,899): includes 6 days' full lift passes and ski/snowboard hire for the week.
Lift Pass Only Pack (N$1,799): includes 6 days' full lift passes.

All snowboard & skiing packages have the same inclusions as mentioned under the "Overview" tab.

Reviews from NZ Snowboard & Ski Packages 2013 Season

We realise quite a few companies profess to calling themselves "number #1". So don't just take our word for it. Read independent feedback online about us.

"Couldn't have been a better trip - fun skiing, stunning views, comfortable transport and accommodations, hearty food and drink, and stellar company. Was facilitated masterfully by Haka Tours, upfront by Nic and throughout the tour by Berto. Would recommend without the slightest reservation. Anyone who joins is sure to have an enjoyable trip and memorable adventure." Ranking: 10/10 - Scott, United States.

"This tour was fantastic!! Everything about it was great, it was well organised yet laid back and relaxed. The accommodation was excellent and, most importantly, it was a lot of fun!!" Ranking: 10/10 - Gillian, Australia.

For generalised FAQs, please see our "About Us" section.

What is the average / max size of a snow tour group?

The maximum size of a snow tour is 16 people. We book out in advance for during peak season so our average passengers can be very close to 16.

What is the tour bus like?

We normally use a 22 seater Toyota Coaster, with a trailer for all your gear. As we only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about!

Who are the tour guides?

Our Tour Managers Steve and Mike are passionate snow-enthusiasts with heaps of experience in guiding. They are there to ensure you have the best time possible! Last year a tour member said Steve had an "ebullient and infectious can-do personality"...! Mike is a current international snowboard judge and was the guide for the Quiksilver Team when they travelled New Zealand with us.

What happens if a mountain is shut?

We make amendments to our tour route if any mountains are shut or have very poor conditions - going to a different mountain if at all possible! If not possible, we will refund the wholesale rate for your lift pass.

Do you operate a minimum numbers policy for the tour to run?

Yes but it is incredibly low at just four people!

I am a beginner. Can I purchase more lessons?

Yes. If after your two initial lesson days you still feel you would like more instruction, we can organise this for you on the day. The price is from approx $55 NZD per person for a group lesson.

What is the quality of the hire gear?

The majority of our hire gear is new for this year! Skis are from 4FRNT, Atomic and Salomon. Boards are from Burton and Academy. Poles are from Scott. Clothing is from Aggression and ski boots are from Nordica. Equipment/gear will be hired on the morning of Day One and you will have the same gear for the duration of the tour which means you can get used to it and hence progress much quicker. Your gear will be matched to suit your ability and experience.

What is the standard of the accommodation?

We stay at high quality backpacker hostels and lodges, and all accommodation is reviewed seasonally to make sure it is the best available. The standard accommodation is 4-6 sharing in one room. You can upgrade to a private room (double/twin) for the duration of the tour for $499 NZD. (This is the price for the room so if 2 people are booking, the price can be divided by two.) Your upgraded room will have an en-suite in Lake Tekapo and Wanaka but not at Haka Lodge in Queenstown as none of the private rooms have en-suites - though the rooms are a very high standard with flat-screen TV's and DVD player and hotel standard queen beds.

Can you help me out for extra days before and after the tour?

Yes, we can arrange trips to Mt Hutt near Christchurch with accommodation in Methven, or time at Coronet Peak or The Remarks, with accommodation in Queenstown. Just ask!

Is this the best New Zealand ski tour?

We like to think so, yes! If you still need convincing, just check out our tour reviews.

3 packs to choose from

Lift Pass Only $1,799.00 NZD

This pack is aimed at intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders who have their own gear. Select if you are bringing your own ski or snowboard and if you do not want lessons.

Lift Pass and Hire $1,899.00 NZD

This pack is aimed at intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders who are not bringing their own gear. Select if you need to hire ski or snowboard gear for the week. Clothing is not included.

Beginner Pack $1,999.00 NZD

This pack is aimed at people who have never been skiing or snowboarding before, or who have only been a few times. It includes group lessons and a learner's slope lift pass on first 2 days, then full lift passes for remaining ski fields. Also includes 7 days' ski or snowboard hire (with bindings and boots). NB. You are able to book further lessons if needed through your guide but they are not included in price.

Add-On Activities

Customise your trip by choosing from a wide range of optional activities. Check out the itinerary for details of when each activity takes place. Everything is 100% optional - only add on what you want

Mini-bus

To add one of these activities, please select this tour.

Milford-sound-trip

Milford Sound Trip

Queenstown
(depends on option)
from $119 NZD
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Extreme-jet-boat-queenstown

Extreme Jet Boating

Queenstown
(half day)
$129 NZD
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Nevis-bungy-queenstown

Nevis Bungy

Queenstown
(half day)
from $50 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Canyoning-tour-queenstown

Canyoning Queenstown

Queenstown
(half day)
$195 NZD
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Canyon-swing-queenstown

Canyon Swing

Queenstown
(half day)
$215 NZD
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Kawarau-bridge-bungy-queenstown

Kawarau Bridge Bungy

Queenstown
(allow 2 hours)
$195 NZD
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Nevis-bungy-queenstown

Nevis Bungy

Queenstown
(half day)
from $50 NZD
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Paragliding

Queenstown
(allow 3 hours)
$199 NZD
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Skydive-queenstown

Skydiving over The Remarks

Queenstown
(half day)
from $339 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Milford-sound-trip

Milford Sound Trip

Queenstown
(depends on option)
from $119 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Heli-Skiing

Queenstown
(depends on you!)
from $920 NZD
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Skiing/Snowboarding Day at Mt Hutt

Christchurch
(Full Day)
$185 NZD
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Mini-bus

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Ski Clothing Hire

Christchurch
(7 days - full Snow Safari tour)
$172 NZD
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Accommodation-upgrade

Accommodation Upgrade

$499 NZD
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7 Day South Island SNOW SAFARI Tour

from $1,799.00 NZD
Calendar

Starts Christchurch

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