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The Remarkables Tours

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The Remarkables
Looming over nearby Queenstown, the Remarkables are a formidable mountain range and one of New Zealand’s most popular ski fields. The Remarkables Ski Area has a wide range of exciting slopes and runs for skiers and snowboarders people of all ages and skill levels. Warm weather sees adventure here too, with hiking and biking trails galore.
 
The Basics

The Remarkables, which dominate the landscape of southwest Otago, offer outdoor experiences for the whole family. The Remarkables Ski Area has a range of beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert slopes, as well as the Kea Club—a group lesson program for kids and young people. The Lake Alta Track, starting behind the ski area buildings, is a popular destination, and was a filming location for Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
 
Arrive independently or book a tour that includes round-trip transportation from Queensland. You can also get a bird’s-eye view of the range by helicopter or gondola.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Remarkables are a must for adventure seekers and outdoors lovers.
  • You can rent recreational and performance gear from the ski area’s base building.
  • The Remarkables Snow Shop offers ski gear, souvenirs, and medical supplies.
  • The ski area’s base building has three cafés and restaurants, and you can après-ski on the mountain at the Ice Bar, at Curvey Basin Junction.
 
How to Get There

The Remarkables is a short drive east of Queenstown, around Lake Wakatipu and down State Highway 6. Parking lots are available down the mountain; a free shuttle takes you to and from the ski area. Alternatively, book a seat on the Ski Area’s Snowline Express bus, which leaves every 20 minutes from Queenstown’s Snow Centre on Duke Street or picks you up from your hotel.
 
When to Get There
Ski season at the Remarkables typically runs from mid-winter to mid-spring, but specific dates depend on the climate each year. Keep an eye out for the field’s announcements and schedule. A particularly festive time to visit is during the annual Queenstown Winter Festival, a mid-winter celebration held in the mountains and in the city.
 
Hiking and Biking Trails
The Remarkables aren’t just for snow bunnies. Hikers also get a lot out of these mountains, with a series of challenging daylong tracks scattered throughout the area, across bluffs, and through gorges. You can also break out the mountain bike on a number of these tracks.
Address: The Devil's Staircase, 9793, New Zealand
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Helicopter Tours

20-Minute Remarkables Helicopter Tour from Queenstown

Discover the best views of Queenstown from 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) on a 20-minute helicopter tour. Look down upon vast Lake Wakatipu and make an Alpine landing in the Remarkables Range, with Coronet Peak and Cecil Peak in the distance. It's a sensational photo opportunity. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 20 minutes
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  • 20 minutes
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Dining Experiences

Queenstown Skyline Gondola and Restaurant

Ride the Queenstown gondola to a skyline restaurant for a midday or evening meal, and enjoy scenic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables range. At Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar, perched on Bob's Peakat Skyline high above the mountain town, settle in for a 4-course buffet lunch or 6-course buffet dinner of local specialties. Each table in the restaurant’s tiered seating area boasts prime views, including Coronet Peak. On Christmas or New Year’s Eve, enjoy a themed buffet, live entertainment and two luge rides.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Queenstown Jet Boat Ride on the Shotover & Kawarau Rivers

Experience heart-racing fun on an exhilarating Queenstown jet-boat ride. The expert captain races across Lake Wakatipu, navigates tricky turns on the Kawarau River and speeds through the milky waters of the Shotover River. Grab hold of your seat as the jet boat makes 360-degree spins and fishtails on a rollercoaster ride over the water. You’ll cover more ground in less time, and receive a complimentary entrance ticket to Queenstown's Underwater Observatory.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Adrenaline & Extreme

Skydive Queenstown

Skydive Queenstown — New Zealand’s outdoor adventure capital — and jump from 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet. After a safety briefing, board a small plane and tandem skydive with an experienced guide. Free-falling for a minute at terminal velocity, you’ll reach speeds of up to 124 mph (200 kph), then relax as you soak up views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Includes transport from Queenstown to the drop zone, just a 20-minute drive away.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Catamaran Cruises

Lake Wakatipu Catamaran Cruise from Queenstown

Enjoy unobstructed views of the Remarkables and the Southern Alps during a catamaran cruise on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. Head to the western shore, stopping at Bob’s Cove to soak up the views from New Zealand's longest lake. Listen to the captain’s entertaining commentary about the natural landmarks and wildlife as you relax indoors or on the outdoor decks. You have a selection of morning and afternoon cruises to choose from.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Mt Nicholas High Country Farm Tour

Take a Queenstown catamaran cruise across Lake Wakatipu to the Mt. Nicholas High Country Station, then tour the hills in a 4WD vehicle with your guide. You’ll hear interesting narration from the captain en route to the merino sheep farm on Lake Wakatipu’s western shore. Take brief walks for a bird's-eye view of the region, including the Remarkables mountains, and enjoy morning or afternoon tea before returning to Queenstown by boat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Helicopter Tours

Remarkables Mountain Range Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

Soar to new heights on a 20-minute helicopter tour and alpine landing in the Remarkables, a mountain range that dominates the eastern skyline of Queenstown. Hover up close to the eponymous peaks and land 5,046 feet (1,538 meters) above Lake Wakatipu with unparalleled views stretching all the way to the Southern Alps. Your six-passenger helicopter flight includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 20 minutes
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  • 20 minutes
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Airport & Ground Transfers

Remarkables Ski Area Round-Trip Transfer from Queenstown

Ski and ride The Remarkables Ski Area with convenient, round-trip transport from Queenstown by minibus during the snowy season of June through October. With 25 hotel pickup locations in Queenstown, you’ll be whisked straight from the city to 951 acres (385 ha.) of skiable terrain, then meet a driver for the return trip to Queenstown after a day on the slopes.
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  • 1 hour
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Helicopter Tours

Grand Circle Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

This Queenstown helicopter flight makes a grand circle over the Wakatipu Basin with a mountain landing in the Remarkables Range. Your 30-minute aerial tour covers scenic vistas above the wild Shotover River, which thunders through the sheer gorge walls of Skippers Canyon. Stand in the snow 5,045 feet (1,528 meters) above Queenstown for a not-to-be-missed panorama of Lake Wakatipu and beyond.
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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Ski & Snow

Backcountry Snowshoeing Tour from Queenstown

Explore Queenstown’s snowy backcountry on a wintertime snowshoe hike, suitable for beginners and experts. An experienced guide offers instructional tips during an orientation session, then leads you at a leisurely pace through this alpine environment. Stop at scenic viewpoints to enjoy coffee and cookies and snap photos of the exquisite South Island scenery. Snowshoe equipment and round-trip hotel transport are included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Ski & Snow

Private Ski Transfer to Remarkables Ski Field from Queenstown

Ensure a great day in the Remarkables Ski Field with this private transfer service from Queenstown. Travel in style with private transportation suited to your group's size, such as a 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser or larger vehicle. Assistance with equipment rental, timing, and activities is also available.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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  • 2 to 8 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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12-Day Snow Odyssey Tour

This is the ultimate snow holiday for the ultimate powder hound! Visiting 11 mountains over 12 days, you’ll sample New Zealand’s most popular ski fields before heading off the beaten track to lesser known club fields loved by locals and pros alike. Highlights include: Porters ski field – an off-piste heaven with one of the largest vertical drops in New Zealand; Craigieburn – a best-kept-secret amongst locals with wide open powder bowls and lofty narrow shoots; and ever-popular Queenstown – packed with more adrenaline-pumping activities than there are hours in the day to enjoy them.The Snow Odyssey is a combination of our Snow Safari and Snow Explorer tours and is best suited for intermediate to advanced skiers/snowboarders as you’ll be using nutcrackers and rope tows to climb a handful of the slopes. Never heard of a nutcracker? Don’t let this put you off! Most people adjust to using these tools after just a couple of runs and our guides are on hand to help.
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  • 12 days
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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7-Day Snow Safari Tour

There are no wild animals on this safari – just tonnes of beautiful snow! It’s an early start on Day 1 as we meet at 6am for breakfast in Christchurch, before we head off to Mt Hutt. Each evening, you are welcome to relax at your accommodation, soak in the local hot tub, cook in, eat out, enjoy the nightlife or even night skiing... whatever takes your fancy. As you build your tour online, you will see many optional activities available to add – but remember, none of these are compulsory. Not sure which activities to choose? No problem. Once you’ve paid a deposit and secured your seat you can add activities anytime until 45 days prior to departure. Activities can also be purchased on tour – just let your tour guide know, they’ll be happy to help. As we can’t always guarantee availability when booking on tour, we suggest if there are any activities you definitely want to do that you pre-book them.
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  • 7 days
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