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Old 04-10-2008, 01:16 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I would be going NZ over AUS, i live in AUS and it just gets way to packed here,
been to NZ last 2 years and going again this July, it is just relaxed over there.
only done south island though. queenstown had great nightlife.
is there 'nuff goin' on down there to make the trek from the US-for example? i was looking at the different resorts and what-not. not sure of the particulars of each place though. not sure where to go/where to stay.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:29 PM   #22 (permalink)
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stay in wanaka, go to treble cone and the remarkables.
keep constant watch on their snow fall from the start of the season, mid june.
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Old 04-11-2008, 12:04 AM   #23 (permalink)
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stay in wanaka, go to treble cone and the remarkables.
keep constant watch on their snow fall from the start of the season, mid june.
thanks nz!
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:37 PM   #24 (permalink)
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hey im going to wanaka from mid july to early sept, comin from ireland with a few mates! but whats the deal with gettn a car there, how much insurance etc?? we decided to get passes for cardrona and snowparkNZ in the end but im guessn itd be worth it to head over to treble cone once or twice, so are day pass prices reasonable? cheers! i cant srudy anymore im lookin forward to this so much
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completly depends on what type of car your looking at hireing, look up on google what rental companies have shops at the airport you are flying in/out of in NZ and find what deal works for you. Treble cone is a must. Treble Cone Lift Rates thats in NZ dollars, im sure you can figure out how to convert it to yours.

I assume you'll be flying into queenstown??? these sites might help.
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:10 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I promise, Chile is waaaaay better than NZ and AUS. Chile has much more altitude and drier powder. NZ is just way too fickle. Check out my site... SnowboardInChile.com - SIC TOURS I'll hook you up with a discount, especially if you bring a little crew.
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I promise, Chile is waaaaay better than NZ and AUS.
I've done both and I like NZ better for it's culture. You can get skunked at either location depending on the snow year. Over the last 20 years there has been no rhyme or reason to who gets the goods and who ends up high and dry. You just have to gamble when buying that plane ticket. Even if you get skunked with no snow, both cultures will provide an epic adventure that will further mold your outlook on life!

You can't go wrong traveling south for the summer.
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:06 AM   #28 (permalink)
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You can't go wrong traveling south for the summer.

Very true!
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Old 04-29-2008, 02:10 AM   #29 (permalink)
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I dont know much about Aus, but if your coming to Nz then Wanaka is a pretty good place to base yourself. Its cheaper than Queenstown to stay at, including some backpackers which will let ya stay free in exchange for doing chores around the lodge. or there are the nearby towns like albert town which have some cheap lodges. Wanaka has a decent nightlife...though Queenstowns is alot better.
Wanaka gives easy access to Treble Cone, Cardrona and Snow Park.
The Remarkables and Coronet Peak are only a short drive away (Weather permitting).

Treble Cone - good for freeriding, with a good mix of steeps and chutes for the more advanced and open slopes and trials for beginner to intermediate. Can get quite icey and full of moguls without fresh snow. Also can get very boring if the outter bowls are closed due to weather conditions. Mostly skiers up Treble Cone, and has very expensive lift tickets to try and achieve that exclusive upper class skier only image. Some staff can be pretty short with snowboarders. But still a good time and definatly worth going up.

Snowpark - The name gives it away. This is basically a giant park so if freestyle is your thing then this is the place to be. A good range of features with varying difficulty. If your a park rate this place will easily entertain you for a season. Also has very good pipe. This mountain features in alot of videos, including the new DC mountain lab 1.5. However dont expect a car to tow you around when you go up. can get crowded.

Cardrona - My favourite of the three so this is probably biased but oh well. Cardrona has the best mix of everything. Has two halfpipes and a super pipe, a great park with lots of different features to satisfy your freestyle cravings, then it has wide open slopes, a few chutes, some drops for when your in a freeriding mood. and some good backcountry if your willing to hike. the terrain varies in difficulty so there really is something for everyone. Can get pretty crowded round the holidays, but they have just upgraded one of their lifts and a cafe so this should help.

Havent been to Coronet or the Remarkables but as some on else said the Remarkables have been upgrading their freestyle options and i have head good things. I think Coronet opens the earliest of all the mountains as it has the most snowmakers.

But yea at pretty much any mountain in Nz ya gotta watch for core shots from our shark teeth rocks if the snow is below par. but ive had fun on our mountains for many years so definatly recommend a trip over.

hope this helps.
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