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    Posted: Feb/27/2009 at 3:22am
Any one in from NZ, the GF & I are looking to do a season in Queenstown and would appreciate any advice.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2009 at 5:54am
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Buddy and I are thinking about going to NZ or Aus late July/early Aug but we have limited info. Best places to go boarding and where to stay.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2009 at 6:49am
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb/28/2009 at 11:15pm
I haven't really done any research as of yet, busy with work and this boarding season.

Coincidentally, Transworld Snowboarding's current April 09 issue cover story is Summer Ride Guide: Argentina, NZ, Mt. Hood, and Whistler.

They have a few websites they refer to for more info on NZ boarding.
blackdiamondsafaris.co.nz
chillout.co.nz (this site is pretty informative)
nzsnowboard.com
templebasin.co.nz

Read about the 'clubbies' and 'nutcracker' lifts (looks crazy...http://www.chillout.co.nz/nutcracker.asp).

Post up if you decide on any preliminary plans for boarding in NZ...it would be helpful info.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/13/2009 at 6:26pm
I'm living in NZ what do you want to know about QT? 

I live in the north island and my mountain is Ruapehu and I'm picking up a season pass for that area.  It's the largest ski/board area in NZ but the facilities aren't as up to date as the ones in QT.  Problem w/ QT is that you get massive hordes of people through that area during the season, but you'll have 3 mountains right there to choose from.

I know that there are a few ranges right in QT and I believe their early bird sale for a season is still on sale. (~$500NZD but is about $250USD).  You have the Remarkables, Cardrona, Snow Park and Coronet Peak.

Are you planning on short vacation or a full season here?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/14/2009 at 1:30am
Thanks tp1, I'm gonna end up hitting you with a ton of questions bro.

Planning to stay a full season so I'm looking to get a season pass somewhere. 

We've done a ton of research now and QT seems to offer the best in terms of nightlife and range of places to board. I know we can get Coronet, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt on the one pass which seems like a great deal. 

We looked into Ruapehu it looks like you get more snow and a longer season, that place is seriously beautiful man, plus we'd already be in North Island for surfing when summer comes round. I think what's swung for QT it is the variation in riding plus being able to live so close to the slopes. For a small place the nightlife really seems to go off in season, we'll pay for that on the slopes but at least we have a few places to choose from. After all we are going mainly to board but also to meet people get drunk and have some fun and this seems like a good place to start.

We're heading out in May, hopefully thats early enough to get a flat and meet some peeps.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/14/2009 at 8:09pm
Blue,

QT will be a fun place during the season.  It's great for you as well since the NZD is doing so poorly, your purchasing power will be pretty amazing.  I think the early bird season pass is over for all 3 of those mountain ranges which would've saved you close to $500NZD...bummer.  As an FYI, I would probably try to buy all your gear at home then just bring it with you.  Even though you'll have the exchange rate on yourside, consummable goods are very $ here.

If you're looking for a combination of nightlife and the snow, QT cannot be topped.  I don't think they've got the size and the length of season as compared to Ruapehu, but overall it's a ton of fun.  Check out www.trademe.co.nz lists open apartments for all of NZ.  If you're looking for cheap reliable cars they've got all the stuff you want through that website.  Plus I would recommend getting transportation for the area.  It'll make it so much more convenient for you.

Let me know if you've got any questions.  I moved here from the States, b/c the country is so gorgeous.  Yeah Fergburger, that's legendary (I suggest the Southern Swine)...it's the crack for anyone who goes though QT!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/14/2009 at 8:22pm
Jimster,

Oh god the 'nutcrackers' and T-bars are a bain for all snowboarders who's never ridden those things before.  I've never seen those before coming here to NZ and getting to the top of mountains you're going to have to know how to ride one of those damn things.  If you haven't done those before you're in for a treat to say the least LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/15/2009 at 5:06am
Originally posted by tp1_kenobi

Blue,
I think the early bird season pass is over for all 3 of those mountain ranges which would've saved you close to $500NZD...bummer.

that blows, I should have kept a closer eye on it

So is the Pre-Shoulder pass a full season pass that just goes on sale Pre-Shoulder (like a not so - early early bird), or will it only cover us for part of the season, should we buy it now?

Also, the NZSki Pass covers Coronet the Remarkables and Mt Hutt but the QT pass is just Coronet and the Remarkables.  Isn't Mt Hutt miles away anyway, would we really need the 3 mountain pass?

Thanks for all your help


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/15/2009 at 6:23pm
Mt. Hutt is in Christchurch which is like 6 hours away from QT.  Not worth it at all unless you're going to Christchurch often, and I still wouldn't go there.  I'm not sure what Shoulder means, but they give a date range of when it is on sale?
 
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Blue, I would purchase now.  It looks like based on that chart, the QT pass will go up another $299 after June 5th. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/17/2009 at 12:14am
Cheers tp1, we're just gonna get the QT pass, do they sell out during the date ranges or do we have till' June to buy one?

Still not sure whether to get the early tracks option 8-9am for $195, seems alot to pay just to get the first run of the day. They are offering transport aswell for another $195, we were planning to pick up a shitbox of car to get around in but having looked at the road up to the Remarkables, maybe not.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/17/2009 at 5:34pm
I don't think they have a set number of lift tickets, but I'm not sure.  The Ruapehu lift tickets are going on sale April 1st for $385 then it jumps up another 4-500 after the 30th.  I'm planning on picking mine up ASAP so I don't have to worry about them possibly 'running out.'

You maybe able to pick up a relatively decent Subaru wagon that's got 4wd for relatively cheap.  I know I got mine for $2500NZD + ~700 in necessary repairs.  Strap on some snow chains if the weather gets bad and you'll be good to go.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/20/2009 at 2:36am
We're pretty split;

We could stay in Wanaka and get a season pass for Cardrona which will be quieter cheaper and we won't have to put up with with hordes of trust fund kids & it's close to Snowpark. Downside is Wanaka may be a bit too quiet, there's not much snowmaking at Cardrona and we only get a pass for the one place.

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We could stay in Queenstown and get a pass for Coronet & The Remarks which will be busy, expensive and has less annual snowfall. The upside is we get an extra two weeks, two resorts, guaranteed snow, night riding, discounts on all the other resorts and a better social scene and facilities. (plus we are only 40mins form Cardrona/Snowpark).

All we can do at the moment is speculate, still leaning towards Q-Town at this point, worried that Wanaka will be too quiet and sleepy. Only other thing is if we wait till we get there mid may and try and scope it out then.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/21/2009 at 7:41pm
I was in QT last season.  Got there in April and stayed till end of season.

Jobs:  shtooking hard to find.  If you are able to get a job on the mountain do it.  You get free lift pass, cheap gear and lots of organised staff nights.  Unless you know people, finding work is more a game of luck.  The bars get 20+ resumes dropped off a day as with most other places.  Most places will not advertise a job and will randomly decide they need someone one day as soon as the season picks up.  Best plan of attack is to decide on a few places you want to work and head in there every day so they start to know your face.  Speaking english is a plus as there are lots of brazialians and stuff over there.

Houses:  I got there in April and went through about 4 houses throughout the season.  All were expensive or shitholes.  Try find somewhere a bit out of town and get a few people together early in the season and you will get a nice place for fairly cheap.  Keep in mind power is expensive as (1 month power for a cabin with one bedroom was $400).  Places are advertised in the "Mountain Scene" which is out on Thursday at 5pm.  Get it straight away becuase places get taken within minutes when the season has properly started.

Gear: Expensive.   Bring your own.

Nightlife:  Great.  Heaps of pubs, always new people in town and is busy every night of the week.

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Coronet - Icy.  Crappy park, poor off piste and lots of punters.  Still a fun mountain to ride, is easy to hitchhike to (longest I waited for ride is 10 minutes) and they have nightriding.  Also pretty fun to go up before and after season for a jib sesh.

Reamarkables - Normally opens up after coronet becuase its more rocky.  Higher up so better snow and rarely icy.  Sweet park.  Nice kicker line and plenty of off piste to ride later in the season.  Bit harder to get to hitchhiking (prob need 2 or 3 lifts to get there).  If you have a car though you wont ride coronet again after there is enough snow here.  Less people as well and bigger area.

As to whether or not to be based in QT or wanaka I dunno.  I have ridden Cardrona and its an awesome mountain.  From what I have heard Wanaka is what QT used to be like 10 years ago.  More chilled, easier to find a job and house but not as many backpackers.  If I was to go back again I think I would go wanaka but thats just me.

In QT be prepared to pay lots for everything, but in saying that you can live pretty cheaply and still ride everyday.  Check out the church for free feeds friday night, hitchhike where possible and make sure you don't get ripped on accom and you will be all sweet.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/22/2009 at 1:27pm
Thanks for the info, this is really difficult. The more we look into it the more obvious it's getting that a lot of people get hung up between Wanaka and Queenstown.

If we live in Wanaka and board Cardrona we'll have to get a pass before we arrive, they go up 50% on the 30th April so we wont be able to reccy it when we get there. We still think it looks too quiet, Work is not an issue, we're going to be boarding everyday anyway.

So far no-one has advised us to go to Queenstown over Wanaka but for some reason we both have a gut feeling.  Are the Remarkables anywhere near as good a Cardrona and would having them on the QT pass make up for Coronet not being so great. 

Have also heard since that Snowpark won't be selling season tickets for 2009 but will still be day tickets.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/22/2009 at 4:21pm
i think you would be fine with either. I was trying to decide between Wanaka, Q-town and the North Island (which is nothing compared to down south). I had the same dilemma as you but I chose Q-town for no particular reason. Like I say, you will be fine with either. The good thing about Q-town is that you can buy a Q-town pass which includes Remarks and CP. I dont know if there is a season pass that covers both TC and Cardrona.

Also, have a good look at the club fields. They are cheap, uncrowded and awesome.

You are correct about Snowpark not selling season passes this year. It sucks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/25/2009 at 2:24pm
I went to NZ this last summer. I stayed in QT for a week and rode Remarks and Coronet Peak. Of the 2 i enjoyed Remarks the most and has a decent park. But both ski fields have amazing views as it wraps around the lake. Then i spent 4 days in Wanaka and hit up Snow Park and Cardrona. Cardrona is really nice and have the best park in NZ of the 4 i went to. Snow park is fun and pros were there for a comp, but i didnt have as much fun as it is a small mtn.

For night life, QT is definitely unparralleled. Its like the city is hopped on energy drinks and everything is extreme... jump, bumgy, fly, hop, ride, dive off of anything possbile. (You have to try the 154 meters bungy jump there). Wanaka is more of a place for locals to take their families (vibe that i got). But its still has bars and "clubs". If you're into park riding, i would do Cardrona and Snowpark for sure. Plus, if you stay with other backpackers, you will find ppl to party with in Wanaka.... i never left my hostel, we just partied there!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar/29/2009 at 2:53am
Ok, thanks for the input everyone, I think it'll be QT this time round and grab a few days in and aroud Wanaka when I can.

That was a tough call though, now I just need to keep an eye on trademe for a decent flat and an old Hilux or something and I'm set.
              
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