Snowboarding & must see sites in South Island, New Zealand!

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1. Posted by crazymat (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,
My friends and I are planning a trip to South Island later this yr as we are dying to go riding again ( Snowboarding )! So far we are pondering around August, Flying into Christchurch from Adelaide, Aust. and hiring a campervan to drive from there to Queenstown area..

Any advice on anything related would be fantastic!
Any info on the best time of yr for boarding down south, best mountains to go riding, where to stay and what else is a must see whilst in Queenstown..

After a week or so we wanna just spend a few days maybe adventure stuff eg. rafting, bunji etc.. maybe check out the adventure park everyone talks about.. then do some good old general site seeing n relaxing.. Not in it for the binging n the club scene but any other useful advice on adventure parks, beautiful landscapes n views... bars made of ice (thats so cool).. or anything that takes ur breath away i wanna know.. hehe.. i'd appreciate any tips n hints...

2. Posted by crazymat (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Any tips on recommended and cheap preiced places to hire campervans, campgrounds to park, hotels n anything else is also much appreciated =)

3. Posted by Fayester (Budding Member 18 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I will be in Queenstown from Aug 27 - 30, planning to go jet boating through the shotover canyons, heli ride over the mountains and white water rafting back to Queentown. For something a little less fast I hope to also do the milford sound cruise. I'm staying about 20 mins from queenstown itself and i have been told there is a great nightlife there.

Faye x

4. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Matt,

I think the August time-frame should be pretty right on. I would steer clear of too early in the season (June - July) as it can be pretty hit or miss in terms of snow. The season I was down there, natural snow was pretty much non-existant until the end of July. It picked up in August and finished out really nice into September. Every year is different, but in general, conditions are a safer bet at ski resorts closer to the end of the season (spring skiing can get a bit dicey, but is usually pretty fun none-the-less).

As for where to go, I'm not sure of your experience level, but right outside of Queenstown you have Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Though I spent the most time at Coronet Peak (ease of access), I would rate it the lowest out of the resorts on the South Island. If you have the camper van, then I would definitely reccomend checking out The Remarks. If they have snow, it's a bloody good mountain, but if they don't, there are a lot of rocks looking to destroy your board.

Better yet, you should take at least a day (or couple night) trip over to Wanaka. It's probably a 2-hour drive and is the closet town to Treble Cone. In my opinion, TC is the best on offer on the South Island (barring the Club fields, which I never made it too). It's bigger than the others, has some decent steeps and some amazing views as well. Wanaka is a lot more chill than Queenstown, but is still a fun little town. In fact, if you're not looking to just party down the whole time, it might be worth basing yourself out of here rather than QT; or splitting time between the two.

As for the adventurous stuff, well it's all easy enough to find out about by taking a walk down Shotover Street. I personally did two bungies (Nevis is a must if you're into that sort of thing), the Jet Boat (which didn't really impress me too much) a wine tour (post bungy) and I guess a few other things. If you have the camper, a drive down to Milford Sound is pretty amazing.

Okay, hope that helps. Have fun and let me know if you have any more specific questions. Bear in mind, I didn't have the camper so won't be of much help in that regard. That said, I did have some friends living in what I believe was a trailor park in QT, I'm sure there's some good options.

5. Posted by wackykiwi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hey matt
you should definitely go boarding in wanaka - it's not far from queenstown and is a really cool town and not so touristy and drinky culture as queenstown. lots of serious boarders ride treble cone.
august is pretty much the best boarding so timing is good!
not sure if you are into hiking but there are lots of great walks in the south island. the most popular one is the milford track, 4 days long but not that hard terrain, anyway you can check out the walks here
one fun adventure thing to kayak down the whanganui river, takes a week but thats at the bottom of the north island, not sure how far up you're travelling.
anyway there's plenty of bunji jumping and white water rafting and all sorts of adventure stuff to do in queenstown
i know of a bar made of ice in auckland (in the viaduct) but not sure of the south..
have fun!

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3549 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting wackykiwi

i know of a bar made of ice in auckland (in the viaduct) but not sure of the south..

There's one in Queenstown too - an Ice Bar!

7. Posted by ArnaMarie (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The SOuth Island is a must by campervan in the winter season. You can get 2 berths for as little as $39 per day. You can free camp here too so can stop anywhere as long as its not signposted otherwise. There are so many beautiful lakes in SOuth Island that you wont miss if you do a bit of driving about and a Franz Josef Helihike was quite cool. Queenstown is the place for adrenaline junkies however can be quite expensive although there are a few camping grounds there. Doubful Sound is less crowded as the Milford Sound and Akaroa is a cute little town. Check out campervans around May and you'll get the good deals. All of the big companies like Backpacker, Ezy & Britz all reduce their prices hepas during this time. Enjoy!!!

8. Posted by phileas (Respected Member 67 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Matt

Good choice on NZ - the riding isn't quite as gnarly as North America/The Alps as it simply doesn't have the vertical drop. That said, if you get a dump then it's a wicked place to ride. Abd if it doesn't, the views are amazing ;) The 'locals' are friendly too and make you feel welcome so you'll have a blast.

Quoting wackykiwi

you should definitely go boarding in wanaka

I third that! Wanaka is a cool town with heaps of nice cafes, bars, and a pucka curry house; the people are cool and a lot more laid back and fer sure it's less touristy.

Def worth a look is snow park if you're into your freestyle stuff. There's a range of jumps, kickers, sliders ranging from beginner to insane so well worth a few days visit. Not a enough for a season I'm sure.

Quoting wackykiwi

i know of a bar made of ice in auckland (in the viaduct) but not sure of the south..

Thats true, I think there's one in Christchurch & Queenstown too. Whilst a novelty, it s a bit of tourist scam at $25 for entry plus one (v cold) drink.

You'll have a blast dude, NZ is awesome!!!!


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10. Posted by crazymat (Budding Member 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone..

To all of you who have posted and replied to my Thread..

I want to thank all of you for the input thus fair.. You have all been so helpful and i am excited enough that i'd like to do all of what you've suggested....
Any more Keep em comin.. im looking into all possibilities..
Thanks again guys and Galz...

Yayyyy for boarding in South Island.. I can't wait..