Post subject: New Zealand? Posted: Apr 24, 2012 - 07:43 PM
First post: Apr 13, 2011
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anyone been to new zealand boarding? going to start pricing up, but if anyone has any info it would be appreciated
Post subject: RE: New Zealand? Posted: Apr 27, 2012 - 05:20 PM
First post: Aug 17, 2011
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Sorry you haven't had any replies to this - I would have been interested in the answers too. I'm going to New Zealand in June this year courtesy of work (I love my job!) and am going to spend a week in Queenstown which seems to be the best place to be based.
There is a useful website at http://www.nzski.co.nz/ where I've got a lot of info but it would be good to hear from anyone who has actually been there...
Post subject: RE: New Zealand? Posted: Apr 27, 2012 - 07:36 PM
First post: Apr 13, 2011
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Jeatkins - I'll PM you my CV lol! Even if your company doesn't need a QS!!
It's a bit laborious going through the pages on the net, not sure if there are any package deals I could look up etc. but thanks for the link!
(Just to add also, looking through some of the previous threads on SCUK forum, many in relation to NZ are reference to seasons (although it would be nice... ) rather than hols specifically)
Post subject: RE: New Zealand? Posted: Apr 27, 2012 - 10:49 PM
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So you are going for a holiday, how long? I did 4 weeks in South Island a few years back. Started off in Christchurch, going to Mt Hutt and some of the small club fields, then drove to Wanaka and rode all around there Cadrona and Treble Cone and Snowpark, then on to Queenstown for Cornet Peak and Remarkables. It was a blast! My cousins live in Christchurch so wo had a car so cant comment on cost of hire. As far as the riding goes i had most fun at Cadrona, Mt Hutt and some of the small private hills, not saying anything against the others as alot can depend on conditions not the resort. Then for places to stay we had more fun in Queenstown it has a busy tourist vibe with plenty to do, Wanaka is considerably smaller and alot quieter. I guess the general concensus of the people i spoke to there is that the better riding is based out of Wanaka, but if you are looking for a lively village head on to Queenstown.
Depending on how long you are going for i can reccommend getting a car so you can see about, its not long driving around and worth it to go to some of the small nutcracker hills.
Hope this helps a bit.
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Post subject:Posted: May 29, 2012 - 03:15 PM
First post: Mar 28, 2012
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I lived in Queenstown for a couple of seasons, working for a rental car company. New Zealand is an absolute blast, I'm going back for a week again towards the end of the season.
If you're just going for a trip, Aussie and NZ school holidays tend to be around early-mid July so try and avoid them as the slopes are ridiculously busier for those 2-3 weeks.
It really depends how long you'll be there for whether or not it's worth renting a car. Outside of school holidays, a weeks rental for the cheapest wheels you can get will probably set you back between $150-$200, if you're lucky. But if you're going for, say, 4 weeks, you'll probably be cheaper just buying something while you're out there and selling it an auction house in Christchurch or Dunedin. If you're going to Queenstown, there's always tons of cars for sale. Although the last couple of years, Jucy Rentals have done a deal where you get a free lift pass for Treble Cone for each day you hire a car from them. Would be worth checking to see if they're doing it again.
And if you're travelling around a bit, I have to recommend a short trip to Ohau, it's a wicked little field with a nice atmosphere. Some good hiking to some off-piste areas is to be had too. I've done weekend trips there the last couple of years and I'll be back again this year.
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