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Old 11-28-2008, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys i was thinking of hitting new zealand in 2009. i was looking for prolly 2-3 different ski hills in different locations. cheap accommodation 20-30 canadian dollars a night. i would like to be close to the as possible. like 15 minute walk or less. and will be staying for approx. 3 months.

also what would the best months be to go. i was thinking maybe mid july, august and mid september.

well im off to niseko in 5 days
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This site may help for getting some prices. Home - NZ's premiere Ski, Snowboard and Mountain Biking Website

Accommodation is probably going to cost more than you mentioned. Will have to know if any of the locals know of any good deals.
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Old 11-29-2008, 06:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm from NZ, and just want to let you know that unless you stay in a lodge on the hill (expensive) there's no such thing as a 15min walk to a chairlift from your accomodation. NZ skifields differ from European or North American ones in that they are all above tree-line, and there are no villages where you can ski out your front door onto the slope. Take Queenstown or Wanaka for example. Both offer several great skifields close by, and great nightlife and accom options, but the slopes themselves are at least a half hour drive away up into the mountains. These towns get some snow, but for the most part, New Zealand's lower elevations don't get snow that sticks through the whole winter. For that you have to climb.... I'm not sure what the deal is with shuttlesfrom the towns to the hills, but I'm sure there are plenty of options
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Old 12-06-2008, 09:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I’m from NZ as well, defiantly head to Queenstown/Wanaka. They both have lots of accommodation options, you can stay at a backpackers for around $25 a night and I think they will give you a cheap deal if you stay for a while. Wanaka is sweet coz you’re real close to snow park, Cardrona, and treble cone. Snow park is a big terrain park, so its got all your jibs and jumps and Cardrona is just a good all round mountain + its got a sweet park as well now. Treble cone has epic backcountry and lift accessed terrain. So you have a bit of everything, and Queenstown’s not too far away either, with coronet peak and the Remarkables. Basically you wont find more good quality resorts all packed in so closely anywhere else in the country, so if you choose Wanaka or Queenstown you will be sorted, there the best options in the country.
best months to go would be August and September
There are also sum fun little fields throughout Canterbury which can be epic on a powder day so keep that in mind
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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By the sounds of things you may want to look into the canterbury club feilds.
Have a look into them, you wont regret it, good luck with the nut crackers.
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