We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

family ski holiday in NZ

Ballarat Victoria
2 posts
1 review
Save Topic
family ski holiday in NZ

We would like to go skiing in NZ in early July. We are a family of 5 (17, 15 and 13 year old) who have never been skiing/snowboarding. We would like to stay on the mountain and it seems the only place that has accommodation on the mountain is Snow Park. Is this correct and would it be suitable for our family?

We thought it would be better to stay on the mountain as we each have the flexibility to ski as long or as little as our bodies allow (ie. I can rest after a couple of hours while kids can ski longer)


Orewa, New Zealand
Level Contributor
330 posts
3 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: family ski holiday in NZ

There are apartments for rental at Cardrona skifield http://www.cardrona.com/accommodation.html.

You will still need a car as they are self catering and the cafe/restaurant is only open during the day while the ski field is open.

I can see your point about being able to go back to the accomodation to rest while the kids ski longer so this may well suit you.

The alternative is to stay in Wanaka which is about a half hour drive away. The advantage here is that you are handier to restaurants, cafes, supermarket, and alternative activites if the weather is not conducive to skiing.

Cardrona is a great ski-field for learners so either way you will have a great time.

Be sure and enrol for a few lessons as it will make the experience so much more enjoyable. It is amazing how much your skiing can improve after a lesson whether you are a beginner or been skiing for years.

New Zealand
Destination Expert
for South Island
Level Contributor
28,850 posts
85 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: family ski holiday in NZ

Welcome to the forum C :)

Cardrona also offers accommodation on the mountain and I suspect it may be more family oriented than the snow boarders' paradise of Snow Park.


Cardrona has an excellent ski school, perfect for all ages and abilities.

Enjoy :)

Wanaka, New Zealand
Level Contributor
38 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: family ski holiday in NZ

HI Choc90

You can stay on the mountain at Cardrona. Cardrona has a great reputation for looking after families, the trails are perfect for beginners and the service is fantastic. Their on- mountain accommodation is VERY popular and usually books out by about now so dont delay if you are interested. There are options for getting to/from the airport to the mountain without hiring a car. Check Cardrona's website.

4. Re: family ski holiday in NZ

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 4:21 am, October 25, 2012