Local Wisdom

Need to know

Lift Passes have gone high tech throughout the Southern Lakes


Remarkables and Coronet Peak

Mypass is the NZSKI electronic RFID card.  You simply put it in a pocket at a suitable height, and you can scan yourself through the lift gates. You can also load money on to the Mypass, to use to buy food and drink up the mountain, to save bringing any cash or cards.

Cardrona and Treble Cone

Both of the 'Wanaka' Ski fields also use RFID cards. If you are heading to Cardrona by car, if you buy your passes at their shop in Queenstown, you can then park in the lower car park at the bottom of Valley View Quad and save yourself a few km's of driving.

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. 

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 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.  



Airport to Queenstown

The most economical service by far is to jump on the local bus (as long as your accommodation is then easily accessible). It costs only $2 a ride, as long as you purchase your Orbus Card for $5. Multiple people can share an Orbus card. Otherwise, for a door to door service, the cheapest is provided Super Shuttle.  There are group per person rates.  All vehicles have trailers so skis or boards are not an issue. You can make a booking online at www.supershuttle.co.nz 

Taxi's also operate from the airport, and cost approx $50. Local number is (03) 442 6666. 


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.  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 Peak


The Station Duke Street

Pre-booked hotel pick-ups


(03) 450 1970 night prior

Go Orange


+64 3 442 7340 or online at


Info & Snow

Private charters - up to 6

All local ski areas

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 private hire

(03) 442 8215
Queenstown Taxi

Coronet Peak


Car (1-4pax) and  

Van (up to 11pax ) available

(03) 442 6666
Glenorchy Air Treble Cone

Accommodation pick up to Queenstown airport, then fly to bottom of TC road

0800 676 264 by 4pm day prior


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?

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.