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Lift Passes have gone high tech throughout the Southern Lakes

Cardrona and Treble Cone have got together - Yippee!

New in 2016, the Flexi Pass is valid at both Cardrona and Treble Cone.  The days do not need to be consecutive, and you also have access to "snow & save" which offers discounts off the snow in both Wanaka and Queenstown.  The one day price is $110 for adult, or at Cardrona $99 when off-peak.  Child rate is for kids aged 6-17 years, daily rate $55 at TC, and at Cardrona $50 off-peak and $60 peak.

Kids 5 years and under & adults 75+ ski for free.  

Treble Cone has a Family Pass for 2 adults and 2 kids @ $297.  They both have multi day rates available on the Flexi Passes.

Remarkables and Coronet Peak

Mypass is the NZSKI electronic RFID card.  The Queenstown Superpass gives you the flexibility to not only ski at both Remarks and CP, but exchange for a credit with a number of off-mountain activity providers or participating restaurants.  Day passes for adults are $119, down to less than $100 a day when purchasing multi days.

Coronet Peak offers Afternoon (from 12.30), Twilight, Night Skiing & First Tracks pass options.  Night Skiing is expected to operate subject to weather from July to September (Wed, Fri & Sat nights).

Child age = 7 - 10 years, Youth = 11 - 17 years, Senior = 65 - 74 years.

Day lockers are available at both mountains and costs $10.  There is no overnight storage on the mountains unless you have rented your gear from NZSKI.com.

Beginner Passes (only)

A beginner pass generally gives you access to the surface lifts e.g. rope tows and magic carpets, but excludes chair lifts. Naturally this is significantly cheaper which is great because you don't have to buy an All Mountain pass that you are not going to need on day one. 

Treble Cone's beginner lifts are free for everyone. 

Coronet & Remarkables Beginners Pass - TBC

Cardrona - $60 a day for adults

Lots of Options!

For full information on lift passes, prices, package combos, inclusions and conditions, check out the website for each of the ski areas.  

Lift passes can be pre-purchased online. 

When you are arriving in September (onwards) it is worth checking the ski area sites directly as there are sometimes "spring offers" available on gear, lift pass rates and beginner ski lessons.

Beginner Package Combos

All of the Southern Lakes ski areas offer special combo packages for first time skiers or boarders. This is definitely the best value deal around as it includes equipment rental (generally NOT clothing), two lessons, and a Beginner Lift Pass.

This package is a great way to get into snow sports as you start having fun right from the beginning with a group of people in the same boat as yourself. You learn faster by not having to learn by your mistakes and it's by far the best deal price-wise.  Even if you already have your own gear, the Beginners Packs generally still work out as the cheapest and best option as there is such a great deal on the two lessons included in the price.  

NZSKI (Coronet Peak or Remarkables)  adults @ $150, 16-17 years $114, 7-15 years $190, children 6 years and under $156.

Cardrona - $145 adults (2 hours am & 2.5 hours pm) and $115 children (2 x 2 hour lessons) 5-14 years for ski, or 7-14 years for snowboard.

Treble Cone - $99 adult $85 child.  Their beginner lifts are free, but they include a hot drink and a scenic chairlift ride with their First Timer Package.  First timer lesson numbers are capped at 8 for adults and 5 for kids.



Airport to Queenstown

The most economical service by far is provided Super Shuttle.  There are group per person rates.  All vehicles have trailers so skis or boards are not an issue.  Best of all - it's an airport to your door service.  Cost is $20 for one person, or $26 (yes, that is right!) for two, $32 for three people etc.  You can make a booking online at www.supershuttle.co.nz 

Connectabus and taxi's also operate from the airport.  Connectabus costs $12 per person into town, and operates every 15 minutes.  Taxi's cost approx $50, local number is (03) 442 6666. 

Airport to Wanaka or Cardrona

Yello provide this service and you book it online www.yello.co.nz   To Wanaka - $159 or to Cardrona $260.  These prices are for up to 4 passengers.  There is a $30 charge per person over 4.

Connectabus offers services including accommodation drop off in Wanaka - 0800 405 066


Mountain Transport

Remarkables and Coronet Peak - NZSKI Snowline

The Snowline Express transport from The Station leaves every 20 minutes departing from 8am until 11.30 for Remarkables and noon for Coronet Peak.  It costs $20 return per person.  Don't forget that even tho 6 years and under ski for free, they will still need a bus ticket.  Multi ride tickets are available.

XHotel pick-up service - costs $30 per adult and $20 per youth (17 years and under) and needs to be pre-booked online or 0800 365 696. Your seat is guaranteed.  Buses often go to multiple hotels, especially at the end of the day, so sit back and have a wee snooze after your days exertions and don't necessarily expect an express type service.

Night Skiing return transport leaves from The Station only from 4pm to 7pm.

Treble Cone with Glenorchy Air Return Transfer

Something a bit different, fly-ski-fly x Queenstown and save yourself the Crown Range road journey.  It's a 20 minute flight with transfer to TC base.  Flight only $280 adult or child, flight and lift pass $370 adult 7 $330 child.  Bookings or questions, 0800 676 264.

There are a number of different operators who provide transport to the various Southern Lakes Ski Areas. Operators who take you to the Wanaka fields need to take a seat reservation the evening prior. For full information, combos and pricing you can check out the websites of each of the companies listed below.

Operator: To: From: Reservations

NZSKI Snowline Express

Snowline Hotel pick-up

Multi ride tickets available

Coronet or Remarks $20 adult/child

CP or Rem $30 ad $20 ch

5 return trips $72, 10 @ $132

The Station Duke Street

Pre-booked hotel pick-ups


(03) 450 1970 night prior

Real Journeys

Cardrona $47 per adult

0800 656 501 or online at


Skilink / Kiwi Discovery

CP or Rem $30 ad, $25 ch

Cardrona $47 ad, $33 child

Treble Cone $54 ad, $42 child

Hotel pick-up's as per timetable

0800 505 504 by 7pm night prior

or (03) 442 7340 or online at http://www.kiwidiscovery.com/ski-queenstown/ski-info-mountain-transport/ 

Info & Snow

Private charters - up to 6

Cardrona $47 adult, $33 child

Treble Cone $52 adult, $40 child

Available to all ski areas (poa)

Hotel pick-up's 

Two departures daily

(03) 442 9708 night prior

0800 GO SNOW


Buckley Transport

Private charters

Coronet Peak

Mercedes 12 seater van

$150 one way

(03) 442 8215
Ultimate Queenstown

Coronet Peak or Remarkables $29 adult or $19 Youth (17yrs & under)

Cardrona from $47

Treble Cone from $52

Scheduled pick-ups

(03) 442 5606
Queenstown Taxi Coronet Peak

Car (1-4) aprox $80 one way

Van (up to 11) aprox $100 one way

Extra $10 if they need to fit chains (!)

(03) 442 6666
Glenorchy Air Treble Cone including lift pass $370 adult or $330 child

Accommodation pick up

0800 676 264 by 4pm day prior
Snow Shuttles Cardrona 03 442 5262


Rental Cars

Don't forget if you are renting a vehicle to ask for it to be "skierised". This means that you want chains and a roof rack.


Whether you have a rental or your own car, it is ESSENTIAL TO CARRY CHAINS pretty much all season long.

Don't under estimate how quickly and dramatically the weather can change in the mountains -and for heaven’s sake - DO put the chains on when you are directed to do so, in the interest of everyone’s safety! Cost for rental depends on the particular chains needed for the size of the wheels. A deposit is generally also required. Greentoad, in town, rent chains from $25 per day or $20 for multi day hire.  Their phone number is (03) 442 5311 in Queenstown, or (03) 443 4315 in Wanaka.  

If you are hiring a car in Queenstown - rental cars all have chains.  Double check that the chains are in the boot when you pick it up - otherwise insist that they provide you with chains.  This is called "skierizing" your rental and should be part of your rental automatically.

Car Pooling

Check out www.snowpool.org.nz and see if you fancy joining up with other people who want to car pool. This site is a contact point for all the major NZ ski fields.  Car Poolers in Queenstown get better parking spots than single occupancy drivers.

The car pool pick up on the way to Coronet Peak is just past Strike Bowl.   For Remarkables the pick up point is the bottom of the access road.

Ski School Advice

A little bit of advice that you might find helpful if you are looking for some lessons with the various mountain Snowsports Schools (it’s not called Ski School anymore).

Group Lessons

You don't need to pre-book adult or child (over 6 yrs for ski and 8 yrs for snowboard except Treble Cone which is also 6 yrs) group lessons at any of the ski areas. Group lessons pretty much start at 10.30 and at 2pm at all of the ski areas.

Group lessons for the littlies (5 yrs and under) are best booked in advance by calling or emailing the ski area. This is because there are limited places available due to a strict control on the number of children to staff and specialist facilities. Obviously there is very high demand in School Holiday times, so if you think your family holiday will work better with the kids in Snowsports School, then book ahead!

Cardrona probably has the most comprehensive Kids Centre in the area having 4 different facilities based on age. They are no longer the only mountain who has facilities for children from as young as 3 months old. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables have also continued to upgrade their facilities and also cater for the really little ones.

Kidz Go Child care information.

For children's information for

For more information on children's options (including School Holiday programmes), check out our Kids page.

Private Lessons ("Personal Training Sessions")

Getting accelerated learning and lift queue priority is always good and in the busy times, can be a real boon.  Most ski areas recommend booking ahead.  Prices vary a little between mountains and the time of day that you take the lesson.  

If you do take private lessons with a friend/friends, it’s important that both/all of you are a fairly similar level i.e. you ski at a similar pace and on similar terrain, even if your respective styles vary. Generally speaking, 5/6 people is the maximum number for multi person privates.

Did you know that you can also "request" a particular Instructor, so if you know someone or someone has been recommended to you, you can ask for that person?


Off Peak 1 hour 2 hours Half day Full day Extra people

Treble Cone*

$115 $150 $330 (2.5hrs) $550 (5 hrs) $70 (max 5)
Cardrona $110 $125 $249 $355 (3 hrs) $599 (6 hrs)

from $50pp

(max 5)

Coronet Peak & Remarkables


1-2 people


1-2 people


1-2 people

$405 (3 hrs)

1-4  people

$740 (6 hrs)

1-6 people

* Treble Cone - Private lesson price includes TWO participants (all the other areas pricing is for one person only).  Treble Cone is also the only ski area to offer mountain guiding.  Again 2 participants are included in the price.  Half day (2.5 hrs) is $320, or 5 hours @ $530.  Additional people are at $70pp.

Cardrona also offers telemark lessons.

For bookings or info:-

http://www.treblecone.com/lessons-and-rentals/ski-and-snowboard-school/private-lessons/   email -     https://www.nzski.com/queenstown/lessons/private-lessons   

First Time Skiers or Boarders

See previous section regarding Beginner Combo's - highly recommended, and available at all mountains.