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Queenstown, New Zealand

Ski & Snowboard

Trip New Zealand Women's Ski and Snowboard
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We pack the best of natural New Zealand into this women-led trip. You’ll get to explore the New Zealand’s best ski resorts that are Ikon Pass destinations, spend a day heli-skiing in the backcountry, sail through deep fiords and pristine wilderness areas in Milford Sound and experience unique kiwi culture, all while staying in a private lakefront lodge with the best views in Queenstown.

Ski and ride New Zealand’s best on this 7-day women’s adventure, powered by our local partners at Mint Tours. Heli-ski cold ‘kiwi’ powder, deep in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, including 4 heli-ski runs that vary between 1500-2500 ft. Ride treeless alpine terrain in sheltered basins, bowls and wide rolling mountain flanks.

Explore the best ski areas in New Zealand with our local resort guides. Along the way you’ll get tips and insights as you ride The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. The Remarkables has it all. Three sun-drenched, north-facing bowls, up to seven terrain parks, off-piste black runs, chutes, wide-open slopes and everything in between. Coronet Peak is the home of Good Times. This resort packs a huge variety of terrain. When the conditions are good, it's always our first pick for it's endless side-hits and gullies.

Off the slopes, stay at a private lodge that’s magnificently located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu with unrestricted mountain and lake views. All rooms are furnished with 2 beds and an ensuite that is stocked with eco-friendly toiletries. You’ve also got a private wood-fired hot-tub, sauna, fire-pit, stretching & yoga room to enjoy during your stay.

Package options vary, from single room to shared twin rooms, as well as with or (for Ikon passholders) without lift tickets: 

 

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Itinerary
Itinerary
Please note itinerary subject to change based on weather, conditions, and group preferences.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    DAY 1

    Welcome to New Zealand! Your guides will meet you at Queenstown Airport and transfer to our accommodation. On arrival at our private lodge, you’ll be given a warm welcome and a tour of the house. Unpack, relax and grab a drink and enjoy the incredible views over Lake Wakatipu and snow-covered Cecil Peak. We’ll have the wood-fired hot-tub ready for you to enjoy after a long journey. Once everyone has arrived, we’ll hold a welcome session and go over our itinerary for the tour. Our chef will prepare a grazing board so you can snack, chat, relax and get ready for the adventure ahead. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the lodge with the group.
  • 2
    Day number 2
    DAYS 2 & 3

    Our first two days follow a similar format. Our morning starts with a light and healthy breakfast, smoothies, tea and coffee while taking in the incredible views right from our dining table. Then it’s time to head to The Remarkables Ski Area - Queenstown's biggest resort and the home of freeride in New Zealand. The Remarkables has it all, three sun-drenched, north-facing bowls, up to seven terrain parks, expansive off-piste, chutes, wide-open slopes and everything in between. Each day we will have a morning and afternoon guiding session where you’ll get tips and feedback while you explore the resort.

    After a day on the mountain, we may take a detour to a nearby winery or craft brewery for après, or head back to our private lodge to relax in the hot-tub or get a massage. Anything is possible and we will tailor the day’s activities to suit everyone’s interests.

    Each evening at the lodge enjoy a glass of local wine or craft beer paired with a grazing board prepared with local produce while sitting around the fire-pit. While all this is happening, our in-house chef is preparing dinner with a focus on locally sourced, healthy and organic ingredients. Sit down for a group dinner at the lodge and catch up on the action from the day.
  • 4
    Day number 4
    DAY 4

    Our heli-ski day will be one of the highlights of the trip! We meet early for breakfast so you can fuel up for the day ahead. We’ll load our equipment into the van and then make the drive to our heli staging area. Sit back and enjoy the amazing scenery as we travel to a high country sheep station which is the heli staging area. Once at the station your guides will conduct a safety briefing which includes rescue training and how to use your avalanche safety equipment. They will also brief you on Helicopter Safety. All of the heli-ski guides are trained in avalanche rescue and have a wealth of knowledge that they are happy to share with you. Questions are welcomed and encouraged. We will typically do 3 runs before breaking for lunch in the mountains with an incredible backdrop. We will have a picnic style lunch with sandwiches, snacks and plenty of hot soup, tea and water. In the afternoon we’ll complete any remaining runs. After we have finished riding we will return back to the heli staging area. We’ll then load the vans and head back to Queenstown where we’ll enjoy a group dinner back at the lodge.
  • 5
    Day number 5
    DAY 5

    After breakfast, grab your camera and join us for a journey to one of the most beautiful places on earth – Milford Sound. You can travel to Milford Sound in a custom-built glass roofed bus so you won’t miss views of the mountains, glaciers and rainforest … yep, you’ll need the camera on the coach. Along the way you’ll learn about the region, its history and natural surroundings. Once there, you’ll board a boat cruise through the Fiordland National Park and see towering cliffs and peaks – including the much photographed and iconic Mitre Peak that rises more than a kilometre straight out of the sea. Waterfalls cascade into the fiord and rainforest clings to sheer rock faces in this breathtaking place. We’ll return back to Queenstown in the evening and enjoy a group dinner at the lodge.
  • 6
    Day number 6
    DAY 6

    Our final day! Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and then depart for the resort. You’ll spend the final day riding with the group at Coronet Peak which is the hands-down favorite resort for Queenstown locals. Follow your guide and explore the roller-coaster terrain and gullies. After riding, we’ll make the short drive back to our lodge. Tonight to celebrate the end of the tour, we’ll head out for a a dining experience like no other, we'll take a sunset cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the iconic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for dinner at the lake-front restaurant which features the best of local kiwi produce. After dinner we’ll cruise back to Queenstown where you might want to explore the many cocktail bars hidden in the cobble-stone laneways.
  • 7
    Day number 7
    DAY 7

    After our final breakfast together it’s time to say goodbye to beautiful Queenstown and we’ll shuttle you back to the airport.
Trip Package Includes
  • 6 nights accommodation in a private lakefront lodge in Queenstown (single room available for additional cost)
  • 4 Run Heli-ski includes guiding, lunch, use of safety equipment and transfers to heli staging area (option to upgrade to 7 runs available for $140)
  • 3 days of freeride guiding at The Remarkables Ski Resort & Coronet Peak Ski Resort and Cardrona Ski Resort
  • 6 breakfasts at lodge
  • 5 dinners at lodge
  • 1 gourmet BBQ dinner with local produce at Walter Peak High Country Station
  • 1 evening boat cruise on Lake Wakatipu to/from Walter Peak High Country Station
  • Daily après at the lodge (inc. 1 local beer/wine and appies) 
  • Use of sauna and wood fired hot tub every evening
  • Use of yoga/ stretching studio
  • 4 day lift ticket valid at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak
  • 3 days of Private transfers in 4WD vehicles to ski resorts
  • Wine tasting at Amisfield, the Organic Vineyard of the Year 2020
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off on arrival and departure day
  • Hosted by local Mint Women guides
  • 20% discount code at evo.com (exclusions apply)
     
Not Included
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Queenstown Airport (RVN)
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads) 
  • Lunches
  • Alcohol
  • Ski, snowboard, or personal gear
  • Guide gratuities
     
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Area Information
Queenstown, New Zealand

For action, adventure and après, it doesn't get much better than staying in Queenstown. Our home base is magnificently located above Lake Wakatipu, and right in the heart of Queenstown. Our location gives us easy access to The Remarkables ski area plus all the drinking, dining, shopping and adventure activities on offer in Queenstown. We have our 4WD vehicles on standby to shuttle you to the resort daily.

Trip Planning

Trip Planning

Temperatures during winter in Queenstown usually range from 40-50°F in the day time. The nights are often cold and frosty with the temperature dropping to 28°F on cold nights. The days are short and crisp, but provide incredible blue skies and fresh crisp mornings. Snowfall is sporadic throughout the season and each mountain will receive a different amount of snowfall due to the direction they face. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).
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FAQ
FAQ
  • I'm ready to book. Can I pay a deposit or is full payment due now?
    To secure your spot, you can either pay the full amount now or contact Customer Care at 1.866.386.1590 if you prefer to only pay a 50% per person deposit. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • What happens once I book the trip?
    After you sign up for this tour, you will receive pre-trip emails from Mint Tours with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. Mint will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing you’ll be invited to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
  • Is my departure guaranteed?
    Please note this trip requires a minimum number of guests to run. Please do not purchase flights or make travel arrangements until you receive confirmation from either evo or Mint Tours.
  • How do I meet up with the group?
    Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    We make sure all our guests stay in comfortable accommodation that’s in the best location. Throughout the tour you’ll stay at the iconic Heartland Hotel, overlooking the shores of Lake Wakatipu and close to all the action in town. Our comfortable twin share rooms are equipped with 2 single beds and everything you need for your stay. Each room has an ensuite bathroom, heating, TV, and free WiFi.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    Our freeride tour offers you the best chance to ride a variety of terrain from parks, groomers and off-piste. Our experienced guides have an in-depth knowledge of the Queenstown and Wanaka ski areas which gives you the ultimate advantage when chasing good snow or looking to challenge yourself. Of course weather and conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride anything.
  • Do you offer rentals?
    Mint Tours can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment.
  • Who will be on my tour?
    Your group will be made up of travelers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that each destination has to offer. On these trips, all participants will be female or identify as female
  • Who are the guides?
    All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season.
  • How many people are on this tour?
    We know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratios in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 6 guests. Our small groups allow greater maneuverability and access to the best experiences a destination can offer.
  • Is this trip for women only?
    This trip welcomes anyone who identifies as female or non binary.
  • What happens if borders are closed due to Covid-19?
    The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates here (https://minttours.com/about-us/terms-and-conditions/)
  • Is trip insurance required?
    Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evo upholds Mint Tours’ terms and conditions for cancellation. For tour bookings, a cancellation made outside of 90 days will incur a minimum fee of 10% (or total tour price) per person plus any charges levied by ground operators, hotels, airlines or lift companies. Any cancellation made within 60 days before departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee of the total booking amount.
Testimonials
I've been on 6 Mint Tours (and counting) and cannot recommend the company highly enough. Whether you need a crew to ride with, want to know where the best powder is hidden or want to progress your skills you will be in safe hands with Mint. You will get so much more out of these trips than you will hitting the mountains with a group of your friends, but hey, the more the merrier so bring your crew with you or just come on your own.
Nicole
Trip Guest
Just returned from a trip riding and finding powder daily with Mint. 3rd trip with Mint and won’t be the last. Cheers for another great one Jarred.
Christian
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