Tucked into the mountainside, bordered by ancient pine trees and overlooking the pristine waters of Lake Wakatipu, even without the snow Queenstown is a destination in itself. However from here you are truly in the heart of picturesque snow and ski action. You’ll have easy access to four diverse snowfields, the most notable being Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Both feature all levels of runs, making them ideal for both the seasoned skier and also those a little less experienced (or simply those who prefer après skiing).
During your action-filled snow trip, be sure to also factor in some downtime in Queenstown itself. Wander through the quaint and charming town to discover quirky boutiques, cafes, restaurants and old-style pubs. A visit to the famous Fergburger for some (fairly gourmet) post ski fuelling is a must.
Where to stay
Located a short stroll from the heart of town, with stunning view of Lake Wakatipu, Peppers Beacon Lodge is the perfect place to stay.
Queenstown, Julian Aspe
A truly scenic part of the world, from Lake Tekapo in the heart of the South Island, you’re in the perfect positon to ski the slopes of Roundhill Snowfield. You’ll be treated to a beautiful skiing experience as the field is surrounded by the Southern Alps and boasts views of aqua blue Lake Tekapo and the majestic Aoraki Mt Cook.
Featuring both a beginner’s area and also the biggest vertical ski slope drop in Australasia this is a snow field that easily caters to every level of expertise.
Throughout your trip to Lake Tekapo, there are some other must do’s to be ticked off the list. An International Dark Sky Reserve, venturing to the summit of Mt John to stargaze into the inky night sky is certainly one to add to the memory bank. And for those who enjoy a rush of adrenaline, a sight-seeing aeroplane tour around the Alps and Mount Cook is another incredible alpine experience.
For a secluded and tranquil Lake Tekapo experience within easy reach of both the snowfields and the town, Peppers Bluewater Resort is an ideal choice.
The Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo