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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.

Trip Info
Trip Dates
Select 1 of 8 weeks (21 July - 8 Sept 2018)
Duration
8 Days 7 Nights, Sat- Sat
Ability
For all levels (First timer, beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Resorts
Cardrona, Treble Cone, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak

Experience Highlights

Is this experience for you?

Perfectly suited for first timers & beginners who want a fuss-free experience
Intermediate to advanced riders looking for a midyear ski break with a crew
Solo travelers & groups of friends with mixed riding abilities
Good balance of skiing, adventure & scenic travel

The Lodge

What’s included in the package?

7 nights accommodation

7 nights shared-accommodation style in a lakefront lodge in the heart of Wanaka town

4 Single Day Lift Passes

4 Single Day lift passes to Cardrona and Treble Cone

Daily transport to ski resorts & restaurants

From saying our first hello to last goodbye, get chauffeured to and from ski slopes, restaurants & other attractions in Wanaka daily.

Team of hosts throughout your stay

Our team of hosts will show you around the best spots on and off the slopes. Get first-hand tips & advice on the best runs, food options & activities

And many more
Day trip to Queenstown
Mountain introduction & orientation
2 way airport transfers to Queenstown Airport (ZQN)
Grocery runs
Exclusive discounts on lessons, rentals & gear purchases
Reservation discounts for adventure activities
Farewell BBQ dinner
Curated dining reservations

Add-ons

Lessons & Rentals

Travel Insurance

Reservations for adventure activities

Exclusions

Flights

Food and personal expenses

Dates & Pricing

New Zealand 2018 Availability

All trip types are 8D7N experiences which begin & end on Saturdays

Week 1 - (21 - 28 Jul): SOLD OUT
Week 2 - (28 Jul - 4 Aug): 2 slots left
Week 3 - (4 - 11 Aug): SOLD OUT
Week 4 - (11 - 18 Aug): 1 slot left
Week 5 - (18 - 25 Aug): 4 slots left
Week 6 - (25 Aug - 1 Sep): 1 slot left
Week 7 - (1 - 8 Sep): PRIVATE GROUP
Week 8 - (8 - 15 Sep): SOLD OUT

Pricing Overview

Currency in SGD

  • Standard Package
  • Includes 4 Single Day lift passes
  • Standard Week
    2090 /pax
  • Lite Package
  • Without lift passes
  • Standard Week
    1690 /pax

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival

Get shuttled to The Ride Side’s winter lodge in Wanaka. Check-in, get fitted with equipment, meet the crew and get cosy as we brief you on the itinerary for the week.
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Day 2-6: The fun begins!

Get ready to explore the ski resorts of Treble Cone and Cardrona to witness the Southern Alps’ beauty first hand. New to the resort? Our crew will orientate you around the mountains each day. Looking for a challenge? Tag along with the crew as we hit our secret spots, hike the peak and lap the snow parks. We’ll also embark on a scenic road trip to Queenstown- the adventure hub of New Zealand. Adrenaline junkies are in for a treat with a range of adventure activities, such as mountain-top luge racing, skydiving, jet boating, bungy jumping… you get the drift.
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Day 7: Free & Easy

This is your last full day in Wanaka with us, so you get to decide what would be the perfect day to end your trip: more time on the slopes, get a rest day by the lake, go for a scenic hike or plan your adventure activities!
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Day 8: Departure

Before you know it, Saturday would have come again and we will have to say goodbye. Till the next adventure!

Guest Reviews

Novita

the ride side new zealand novita review
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! .

Andrew

the ride side niseko andrew review
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.

Sophia

the ride side nz review
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

Kai Min

cong the ride side niseko kaimin review
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.

FAQ

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:

  1. Select your experience of choice
  2. Select your travel dates & accommodation
  3. Fill in your particulars and proceed with payment
  4. 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

Departs Wanaka Qtn Airport
8.00am 9.45am
10.45am 12:30pm
12.00pm 1.00pm
1:30pm 3:30pm
4.20pm 6.00pm

 

QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT TO WANAKA

Qtn Airport Arrives Wanaka
7:45am 8:45am
11:00am 12:35pm
1:50pm 3:30pm
4:30pm 6:15pm
5:50pm 7:55pm

 

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.