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2011 nz trip help wanted

hi powderpuffs

we are of 8 mates venturing out of oz to nz to snowboard as the aussie resorts are a phukn ripp off lol
so nz here we come to give it a try. we are staying in queenstown..we are wondering what resorts are the go from were we are based.. now ive done a little rescearch here and there..though here we would like some non biased input with out the advertising companys, or promos come spend your doller with us thing if all follow.. so any positive feedback would be of great help thanks
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Around that area you have, The Remarkables, Treble Cone, Cadrona, Coronet Peak and Snow Park.

I haven't boarded the lower half of the South Island yet, but have alot of friends who have.

The Remarkables = Good terrain, can be icy though on occasion,
Cardona = I have not heard a bad word about this place,
Treble Cone = Can be limited snow there, but other than that, I haven't heard a bad word,
Coronet Peak = Can be icy, hope you've got sharp edges...
Snow Park = Top to bottom Terrain Park.

Depending on where you fly in, you could look at doing some of the Canterbury fields (northern part of the South Island) on your way to Queenstown as well, as they offer some very nice natural terrain.

Don't forget, the legal drinking age is 18 down here.

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there was a thread on here in one of the forums about haka tours. I'd look them up. they seem pretty legit. I'm pondering going down there myself in August. Either NZ or Chile, I can't decide which is better.
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It depends what you want also, if you want more of a backcountry feel and powder the remarks are awesome but it can get really windy, coronet peak is good i liked the runs and natural jumps etc but steep and icy makes for some interesting runs.

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thanks for the comments ppl

yeh we flying into christchurch then onto queenstown.. yeh cardona and the park sound pretty cool.. maybe stay at wanaka for me.though some of my mates want to stay at queenstown for other things to do.. myself couldnt care less im there for the snow and a good feed then zzzzzzzzz.. ive read nz is very exposed with not much tree cover etc etc.. also read a site called powderhounds witch rave on about craiglburn or something..though pretty pumped up now and want to go ))))))
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thanks for the comments ppl

yeh we flying into christchurch then onto queenstown.. yeh cardona and the park sound pretty cool.. maybe stay at wanaka for me.though some of my mates want to stay at queenstown for other things to do.. myself couldnt care less im there for the snow and a good feed then zzzzzzzzz.. ive read nz is very exposed with not much tree cover etc etc.. also read a site called powderhounds witch rave on about craiglburn or something..though pretty pumped up now and want to go ))))))
Wanaka definitely has a more relaxed vibe to it. If you're around Christchurch for a day or so, then Craigeburn (well....the whole valley that Porters, Broken River, Cheeseman, Olympus run into) is worth a visit, though Porters is alot closer to chch.

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I learned to ski at Cardrona many years ago but I don't think we saw much of it. I remember getting in amongst moguls one day and we pretty much just stuck to the first lift after that. In those days the lifts were very slow but looking at the website, that might have changed.

We did one day at Treble Cone and I'd love to go back now on a board. At the time it was too steep for me but it looked like good terrain for the more experienced.

Wanaka is a great little town to stay in. Queenstown is much more tourist oriented. Try the bungy jumping but don't bother with the jet boats, they suck.
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been to nz 3 times now,

remarks is my favourite by far. on a good powdwer day hike to the top of the ranges and board untouched stuff all day.

treble cone would have to be the biggest and best terrain i experienced over there buuuut it was icey as fuck and hadnt snowed in like a week so worst conditions. Had a lot of potential tho.

snow park is hell fun, as the name suggests nothing but jumps/jibs/rails and boxes.

you will love it

and yeh man you will not see one single tree in the snow in nz.

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A few of my opinions re NZ snow trips:

- Powder is hit and miss, most likely a miss (unless you go heli skiing)
- Snow quality at the resorts is better than Aus in general but not by much, still ice central
- Terrain is quite good at most of the resorts
- Unless you get some fresh snow it will be icy
- Generally the resorts are quite exposed and prone to white outs in bad weather
- Expect dodgy roads to get to most of the resort with no barriers
- All resorts are above tree line

The Remarkables = Pretty good terrain, best park (excluding Snow Park) can be icy though on occasion, probably the best quality snow and has a lot potential play areas, and hikes to drop in back in bounds. Not very big
Cardrona = More of a wide resort, a few nice chutes if snow allows for it, generally pretty good and on par with remarkables in terms of terrain type and . Bigger than remarkables. Park not as good as remarkables

Coronet Peak = aka Concrete Peak, no park, esentially just a lot of icy cruisers all over the mountain, no real hits or things to play on. I would say least favourite. The few times ive been snow actually resembled ice granules. Paved road to the top is a bonus.

Treble Cone = Havent been, aparently the best terrain out the other nearby resorts, again needs fresh snow to make the most of it

I strongly suggest you hire a car, all resorts are a 20-60min drive from Queenstown, i can only image it being a massive PITA to catch the respective buses.
Queenstown is an awesome town with a great vibe, good bars with lots of little cool places and Ferburger which you need to try. The scenery is spectacular both in town and at all resorts, looking back into the valleys.

When heading down dont expect "epic" powder days (you might get lucky), massive long runs resorts. This isnt going to be like a trip to Canada, the US or Japan.
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oh yeh fergburger is an absolute must! i ate there at least once a day, not to mention they areopen till like 3 or 5am and havve a beer tap. So onyour way home from a night out, you stop for one last beer and a burger=WIN

Definately get a car, there are shuttles to most resorts but screw that, everytime i have gone we have had a car and its so easy to get to the resorts. The drive to the remarks isnt fun tho, i had to drive down in a white out, was kinda scary!
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