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snowcraze 01-14-2008 01:34 PM

Aus/NZ for this summer
Hi, I'm planning a trip with 5 other people late this summer to either australia or south island NZ (i haven't decided, gonna keep my options open). The main purpose is for snowboarding :D so where ever there's cheap lodging, reasonable lift tics and awesome powder, we're there! :)

I need some help from anybody whose been there or lives there to recommend something. I heard queenstown NZ is pretty awesome. I've also heard some pretty good stuff about perisher blues in Aussie land.

Oh and we might need to do some equipment rental too.

snowcraze 01-20-2008 10:41 AM

Aww... no one from the southern hemisphere here? :(

chillinnvan 02-15-2008 12:39 AM

Go to NZ
I'm a Kiwi so I'm a little bias - strangely enough, I'm going to recommend NZ all the way! Sadly, I can't give you a break down of the South Island resorts as I've only ever boarded on Mt Ruapehu in the North Island but there are a number of ski fields down south so if you allowed enough time, you could do a 'tiki' tour around, see a lot of the island and hit quite a few of the resorts as well. Travelling in winter, you should expect a fair bit of rain - particularly on the west coast of the South Island. The scenery in the Sth Island is stunning - check out Extreme Skier (world heli challenge), near Wanaka | Stock Photos of New Zealand, Africa, Australia and Fiji |

You've probably already googled these but just in case, here's a few links to some of the fields in the South Island:

The Remarkables Home Page - Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt
New Zealand Skiing, Treble Cone, Wanaka - New Zealand's Largest South Island Ski Resort
Mt Hutt Home Page - Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt
Mackenzie Winter Marketing Group - Mackenzie District, New Zealand

Bel =) 02-15-2008 01:16 AM

Im an Aussie! im going there in july :D with school :)

In Jindabyne (town before snowy mountains) theres cheap accomodation. and it takes about 30mins to get to the snow fields. However theres HEAPS of hotels the perisher/smiggins valley. not sure about pricing though :)
when i went last year, Blue Cow had the BEST powder :P within the week that i was there the snow fall was awesome, best they've had for a while.

Perisher Blue:
Accomodation within Perisher Blue: Perisher Blue Holiday Accommodation, Hotels, Lodges, self-contained

and heres the place we stayed last year and were staying there again this year: Alpine Gables
the rooms are pretty good, kitchen, bathroom, awesome view (lake and mountains), balcony, bar and bistro, sauna and laundry etc....

as for hiring, heres some websites...
Ski hire, snowboard hire, snow boards, ski clothing rental, Jindabyne
Jindabyne Sports
Alpine Sports and Natural High Jindabyne - the Snowy Mountains premier ski & snowboard centre.

What time are you looking at going?

hope this helps! :)

aussiet_tim 02-15-2008 04:21 AM

nz or aus
aus or nz? its a great question.

im an aussie and i was thinking the same thing about 2 months ago. me and my mates choose nz, i went to mt hutt (south island nz) last season and didnt really get good snow while the aussie peaks went off. so it was hard decision this year we are goin to queenstown and wanaka for 14 days. were goin a bit later in the season so hopefully we will get a heap of that nice snow that nz is renound for. i cant wait. either way if your boarding and having fun with you mates your goin to have a great time, well thats what i think any way. i just purchased a bit of gear online and i gotta say the outlet shop on has a heap of cheap gear i got a good jacket, pants and goggles for $230 and now im so keen.

hope that helps tim

PaoloSmythe 02-15-2008 04:31 AM

i have heard good things about NZ, same too about the funky trees of Oz altho they are less snow sure.

to be specific, Cadrona, Remarkables and Wanaka are all names that spring to mind. head to them and i am sure it'll be all good.

not sure when their season starts tho.... i seem to think august...?

aussiet_tim 02-15-2008 07:26 AM

yeah goin to
remarkables, coronet peak in queenstown. cardrona and trebble cone in wanaka.
all highly recomended

season starts mid june.

im goin on 1st july

mitchamus 02-15-2008 07:47 AM

I would really like some info on this to. I would love to try to do something like
specially since im gettin this tax bonus check this year.

CanuckDownUnder 02-15-2008 08:24 AM

Ski NZ
I was just lookin at Home - NZ's premiere Ski, Snowboard and Mountain Biking Website and Quantas' brochure for the '08 season. I'm heading to Queenstown in late July and was lookin at packages for the lot. Check out the Maxi pass for the best value. Renting equipment seems to be cheap aswell.

snowcraze 02-15-2008 11:51 AM

wow... thanks for the info guys. We're actually set to go to hotham @ aus but i'm leaning towards going to NZ instead (the extreme skier thing from chillinnvan looks super awesome). I've actually been to the south island in summer and it was absolutely gorgeous. Did my first tandem skydiving in queenstown. Loved it! We haven't booked anything yet so...

For hotham, we were planning to stay at Eiger Ski Club. Looks pretty awesome. Hotham - Snow Accommodation - Lodges - Eiger Ski Club. Also google their main page for those interested. it looks pretty good. :)

We were planning to go end aug cos that's when my project ends and i can finally take a break :D
Is it too late to go then? Would the snow be better in NZ or australia?

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