The NZ Experience
The NZ Experience
The place with never ending blue bird days! The New Zealand Experience is created for riders of all ability levels keen on a midyear ski trip. If you’re looking for an adventure-filled holiday with a good balance between time on the slopes and a chance to check items off your bucket list, this is for you.
We will be living in Wanaka, the picturesque ski town in the South Island, home to the big boys in the South Island: Treble Cone and Cardrona. You’ll get to experience the most extensive freestyle park and touted as the best freeriding terrain in the whole of New Zealand. With scenic trails such as the Mount Iron Track & Roy’s Peak nearby, it’s time to get your drone game on. Our curated dining options guarantee a gastronomic bang to end your day.
Keep your adrenaline pumping with day trips to nearby Queenstown to conquer skydiving, hang-gliding, the Nevis Bungy & Canyon Swing, as well as ski options with The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
Is this experience for you?
What’s included in the package?
And many more
Dates & Pricing
New Zealand 2018 Availability
All trip types are 8D7N experiences which begin & end on Saturdays
Currency in SGD
- Standard Package
- Includes 4 Single Day lift passes
Standard Week2090 /pax
- Lite Package
- Without lift passes
Standard Week1690 /pax
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2-6: The fun begins!
Day 7: Free & Easy
Day 8: Departure
Tried snowboarding for the first time in my life and I'm beginning to like it! Also probably the only day I have ever fell down so much and ate some snow but it's part of the learning process 😉. Thanks @therideside for introducing such a fun sport and being so patient! .
These guys are the real insiders on all things snowboard and food at niseko and NZ . For first timers thinking of a self planned trip , do yourself a HUGE favour by signing up with these guys . Think precious snowboard time saved by avoiding first timer mistakes , think enhanced experience from pro insider guidance. As for more experienced boarders/skiers , this crew is gonna stretch that learning curve nicely ! Outside of slopes hang outs can be almost half the fun . Sometimes it takes a little magic for strangers to warm up to each other and the hosts sure weave some hocus pocus.
Never thought I'd be able to pick up and enjoy snowboarding so much, I'm already planning to join @therideside again in Niseko (Japan) sometime in Dec-March for round 2. Anyone keen to go with me? But if you're looking to join a ski/snowboard trip to Niseko this coming winter, hit them up puhleaseeeee no regrets
I first joined TRS in August 2017 during their NZ season. Being a first timer to the hobby, I was naturally nervous and afraid that I wouldn't be able to board properly or have fun, and that the trip would be a total waste of time and money. My fears were unfounded, this trip was simply amazing. Since then I've joined the crew again in Niseko 2017 and it was another fantastic experience. There are multiple reasons why I feel you should consider TRS if you are keen on picking up this new hobby: 1. Very knowledgeable about the local ski and snowboard scene 2. All trip arrangements taken care of - you can simply relax 3. Friendly and approachable crew 4. Communal living and being able to meet new people with the same interest and passion! 5. Most are qualified instructors and give you tips on how to improve I will definitely be joining them again in the future.
RESERVATION & PAYMENT
HOW DO I MAKE A BOOKING?
Make a booking via the ‘Book Now’ button located at the top right corner of the page and complete the booking in 4 steps:
- Select your experience of choice
- Select your travel dates & accommodation
- Fill in your particulars and proceed with payment
- Proceed with payment via Direct Bank transfer or Paypal
For all bookings, A minimum, non-refundable deposit of S$300 is required per person upon each booking. Your reservation will be secured once we receive your deposit.
If confirmed, the remainder of the booking fee can be made anytime up till 60 days before your arrival date. Your booking will be confirmed once we receive the full payment of your booking fee.
IS MY DEPOSIT OF SGD 300 REFUNDABLE?
All deposits are non-refundable once made.
IS THE TRIP STRICTLY AN 8D7N TRIP?
Yes, the trip is strictly an 8D7N trip. We can accommodate alternative schedules (i.e. shorter travel duration), however full trip charges will apply. You may contact us via email ([email protected]herideside.com) if you wish to request alternative arrangements.
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
All participants have to be 18yrs and above to join our group travel hosted experiences. If you have participants below 18yrs, you may join us on our Bespoke Travel trips. Click here to learn more about Bespoke Travel.
TRAVELLING TO WANAKA
MUST I BOOK MY OWN FLIGHTS?
Yes, you will have to purchase your own flights to New Zealand. Details on what’s included in the package price can be found HERE.
WHICH AIRPORT DO I FLY TO?
Flights should arrive at Queenstown International Airport (ZQN), New Zealand on Day 1 of your trip date, while departure should be made on Day 8 of your trip. (I.e. For Week 1: 21 – 28 July, flights should be schedule to arrive in Queenstown on 21st July and depart 28th July). We request all guests to be responsible for their own flight bookings.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I TAKE NOTE OF WHEN I BOOK MY FLIGHTS?
You will need to schedule your flights to fit airport shuttle timings. Shuttles from Queenstown International Airport to Wanaka Town takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. The first shuttle departs at 9am and the last shuttle leaves Queenstown Airport at 5.50PM. There are not shuttles after 5.50pm. Please factor this into your schedule accordingly. We recommend arriving early on Day 1 to make the most of your time in New Zealand.
Airport Shuttle timings for your reference below:
WANAKA TO QUEENSTOWN
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QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO WANAKA
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HOW DO I FIND THE AIRPORT SHUTTLE AT QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO WANAKA? HOW LONG IS THE TRAVEL TIME?
After booking with us, we will request for your flight schedule to Queenstown International Airport and arrange for your airport shuttle to Wanaka accordingly. Shuttle location and timing details will be given to you then. Approximate travel duration to Wanaka is 1- 1.5 hours. Alight at Wanaka town centre and our team will be there to bring you to the lodge.
WHAT TIME IS CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT AT THE LODGE?
- Check-in: 3pm
- Check-out: 10am
Our team will pick you up and send you off to your required shuttle stops.
BEFORE YOUR TRIP
WHAT ADDITIONAL COSTS ARE NOT INCLUDED?
Air tickets to and from New Zealand, food and personal expenses are not included in the trip package. In addition, if you require lessons or equipment rentals, this can be arranged. Speak to us for advise and recommendations. Full details on what’s included in the package price can be found HERE.
HOW IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE? HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL I BE LIVING WITH?
Our home for the week will be a beautiful holiday lodge by Lake Wanaka where we will live as a community of 10-12 avid skiers and snowboarders. Bedrooms will be a shared concept with either a queen bed or 2 single beds. Being in a group, you will meet people with all levels of riding ability to match yours. From beginners to experts, you will have a great time learning from each other and progressing as a group. Want to push yourself even further to be the rider you always wanted to be? Tag along with our A-team crew on the slopes each day and pick up on local mountain knowledge.
DO I NEED TO BOOK MY EQUIPMENT RENTAL AND LESSONS IN ADVANCE?
Booking of equipment rental and lessons will be arranged on Day 1 when you arrive in Wanaka.
CAN I JOIN IF I HAVE NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING?
Yes of course! A healthy number of our guests are totally new to the sport and we aim to introduce skiing and snowboarding to them. We pride ourselves with our experience on snow and will be assisting you with all your needs. Our vision is to create a community of skiers and snowboarders who learn and progress together as a group. As such, we urge you to travel with us especially if you are new to the sport, we leave no one behind and guarantee that you will have an amazing experience with us, first time or not!
DURING YOUR TRIP
CAN I CHOOSE WHERE TO SKI EACH DAY?
Ski destinations each day will be scheduled as indicated in our trip itinerary. However, the itinerary is not fixed and might change it in the event of bad weather or to suit the group’s general ability. Our team experts will decide on the best ski destinations each day. If you wish to make alternative plans from the group, you will be responsible for your own transport arrangements.
CAN I SKI MORE THAN 4 DAYS?
Our ski package includes lift tickets for 4 days of skiing in the Wanaka ski area (Treble Cone & Cardrona). For those who wish to have additional days of skiing, the option to ski in Queenstown (The Remarkables & Coronet Peak) will be available when we visit Queenstown. Additional lift tickets charges apply.
ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES TO DO BESIDES SKIING?
Yes you’ll be spoilt for choice! There is an abundance of activities to do both in Wanaka and Queenstown. From adventure sports (sky diving, bungee jumping, etc) to lake side activities (kayaking, hiking, etc) as well as a shopping options.