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FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
12 Days | 11 Nights | 9 Days Skiing | 8 Resorts
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USD 2,129
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Explore 8 mountains over 12 action packed days that take your far away from the commercial ski fields of Queenstown. The Odyssey tour includes the following mountains: Porter Heights, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Dobson, Ohau and Treble Cone.
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Inclusions
  • 11 nights accommodation (quad share)
  • 9 continental & 2 cooked breakfasts
  • 4 dinners: 2 x Craigieburn Lodge & 2 x Ohau Lodge
  • 9 days lift passes & daily in-resort guiding (at up to 8 NZ ski areas)
  • All transport & daily mountain transfers plus more...
Add-ons
  • Upgrade your accommodation to a private room - $899 (divide by 2 if sharing)
  • Heli-skiing in Wanaka - from $995
  • Ski / Snowboard hire for 12 days - $380
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities in Lake Tekapo or Wanaka
Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste
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South Island Snow Odyssey

Forget the bright lights and commercial fields in Queenstown – we will take you to the lesser known ski fields that offer amazing terrain, a much less commercial experience and some totally stunning locations and landscapes.

This tour is only suited to intermediate to experienced skiers and riders. All tours ends on a Thursday which means you can extend your trip in Wanaka and Queenstown.

The Odyssey includes the following mountains: Porter Heights, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigeburn, Broken River, Mt Dobson, Ohau and Treble Cone.



Transportation A 22 seater Toyota Coaster is most commonly used with a trailer for all your gear. As they only fill the bus to a maximum of 16 people, there are always some extra seats to lounge about!

Additional Information
  • Up to 70% of customers are solo travellers
  • Tours are made up of skiers and boarders of all abilities
  • Maximum group size is 16 per tour
  • All ages 18+ are welcome
  • Accommodation can be upgraded to private rooms (twin or double) with ensuite
  • If a ski area in the itinerary is closed, your guide will look to take you to a different ski area or you will be refunded the costs of the lift ticket if that is not possible
  • As the tours starts early on the first day (7am) you might want to consider booking an extra night of accommodation at Haka Lodge (very inexpensive) in Christchurch so there is no stress of getting to the bus on time
  • You can finish the tour in Wanaka if you want, however any rental gear provided by Haka Tours won't be available for the extension

Lodging

You will stay at high quality backpacker hostels and lodges, and all accommodation is reviewed seasonally to make sure it is the best available. The standard accommodation is 4-6 sharing in one room.

You can upgrade to a private room (double/twin) for the duration of the tour for an extra cost (see add-on's in the inclusions section). Your upgraded room will have an en-suite in Lake Tekapo and Wanaka but not at Haka Lodge in Queenstown as none of the private rooms have en-suites - though the rooms are a very high standard with flat-screen TV's and DVD player and hotel standard queen beds.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Christchurch to Porter Heights
This morning we depart Haka Lodge in Christchurch and drive 1 hour to Porter Heights, the closest ski field to Christchurch. Porter’s lifts run up two distinct valleys - Big Mama towers above the right of the base area and Bluff Face which towers above the left.

At 620m, Big Mama boasts one of the largest vertical drops in one lift-accessed run in New Zealand. Easy backcountry riding is available from the top of the T3 T-Bar.

For the next 3 nights we stay at Flock Hill which is within a stones-throw of all the mountains we will explore over the next 5 days.

Day 2 - Mt Olympus
Mt Olympus ski area is a south facing basin set high in the Craigieburn Range - perfect for trapping powder dumps! 450m of vertical drop over 60 hectares of varied terrain provide skiing and riding from beginner to extreme.

From the top of the Main Tow and the Top Tow there are plenty of choices with terrain to suit intermediates or the most advanced skiers. A little walking from the Top Tow opens up even more terrain in this wide open bowl. With the relatively low skier numbers and the choice of terrain, it can take up to a week to get tracks on some slopes!

Don’t worry if you have not ridden tows before – our Tour Manager will help you with your technique and most people take a few times to get it right, it’s all part of the experience. Tow protection gloves provided.

Day 3 - Temple Basin
Temple Basin represents a true alpine environment at the heart of Arthur's Pass National Park. Our day starts off with a the perfect warm-up – a 45min walk from the car park with some spectacular views of the Pass, Mt Rolleston and the surrounding mountains.

The field consists of 4 main basins. Cassidy Tow accesses a smooth open basin, Temple Tow accesses an intermediate slope and between the two there is some great rock faces and snow traps. A short walk from the top of Temple Tow allows access to Downhill Basin and the fields highest Tow.

Downhill consists of a wide open bowl and a traverse and hike from the top of temple tow gives you access to Bills Basin, an intermediate basin with a collection of awesome chutes.

From the top of Downhill tow you can also hike to the peak accessing the Mingha Valley over the ridge. The Mingha, whilst not patrolled, is a popular backcountry area. Because Temple Basin is on the Western side of the Southern Alps, it receives significantly more snowstorms than those areas further east.

Day 4 - Craigieburn
Craigieburn has a well-deserved cult following here in New Zealand. Steep and deep, with wide open powder bowls and steep narrow chutes accessed by three high capacity rope tows servicing a vertical rise of 503m.

Terrain at Craigieburn Valley is varied, exciting and challenging with the famous 600m vertical descent of middle basin (which is often compared to a heli-skiing experience) accessible by a short traverse from the tow. Craigieburn Valley offers something for everyone - except beginners.

And when you come off the hill at the end of a big day, we will grab a well-earned drink at the ultra-cosy Craigeburn Lodge which is also our accommodation for the next 2 nights.

Day 5 - Broken River
Get ready for a true adventure at Broken River! Conditions permitting, we drop into the Broken River ski area from the top of Craigeburn ski field.

The terrain here area consists of a large open basin serviced by 5 electrically driven, high capacity rope tows.

The highest point is 1820 meters and the total vertical is 420 meters with lots of off-piste terrain available. A short trek offers access to the back basins and Craigieburn Valley and some incredible terrain. After exploring Broken River, we ski back into Craigeburn for our 2nd night at Craigeburn Lodge

Day 6 - Lake Tekapo
Today is an allocated non-ski day but this is totally weather dependent – if it has dumped, we are off skiing and the same applies if we have missed a ski day on days 1-5.

This morning we depart Craigeburn Lodge after breakfast and head south stopping at Sheffield for literally the world’s best pie.

We then make our way to Lake Tekapo where we can check-out a salmon farm for super fresh sushi, take a walk around the lake or just relax. This evening how about a night time star gazing tour at Mt John, an international dark sky reserve that showcases the southern night sky through super powerful telescopes.

Day 7 - Mt Dobson
Mt Dobson is situated in a 3 kilometre wide treeless bowl, facing south west which means all day sun, stunning scenery, groomed trails and an awesome off-piste adventure… what more could you ask for?

Mt Dobson is located just a stone’s throw from Lake Tekapo towards Fairlie. With a laid back and friendly kiwi atmosphere and some cool features such as a large natural half pipe, Mt Dobson is a definite treat for those wanting to explore some off the lesser known New Zealand ski fields.

A rope tow, platter, T-Bar and triple chairlift provide access to a variety of intermediate and advanced runs serving 14 trails over an area of 400 hectares.

Day 8 - Ohau
For the next 2 days we ski Ohau - an off-piste heaven with plenty of challenging terrain and good hiking to access the wide open powder bowls from the ridge line.

Nestled deep in the spectacular Mackenzie High Country,Ohau is one of the favourite ski-fields for experienced skiers and snowboarders in New Zealand. Whilst the ski area is contained within one valley and is reasonably small at only 125 hectares, the skier to hectare ratio is also incredibly small.

A highlight of this trip is the two nights we stay at Lake Ohau Lodge near the shores of the lake. Even though it has the incredibly friendly culture of a ski lodge, it is actually run more like a hotel and we totally love the “faded glamour” of this property and the roaring open fire and panoramic lake views are sensational.

This evening a "high country fare" 3 course meal is included (vegetarian options available)

Day 9 - Ohau
Day 2 of Ohau, and we keep rolling. Wake up fresh from your night at Ohau Lodge and get ready to do it all again. As with every morning, breakfast is included though today we sit down and enjoy the hospitality of the awesome staff at Ohau have breakfast served to us in the dining area.

Today, conditions permitting, we will take you on a number of short hikes to access some terrific chutes and new terrain - as with everything, this is completely optional.

This evening we spend another night of ski lodge luxury at Ohau with our high country fare 3 course dinner included.

Day 10 - Wanaka
After breakfast we continue our journey south to Wanaka. Today is an allocated non-ski day but once again, the same rules apply from Day 6 - if it has dumped, we are off skiing or if we have missed a ski day previously.

Today you can sky-dive over Lake Wanaka, hire a mountain bike or just soak in the laid back ambience of Wanaka. We have purposefully stacked our non-ski days towards the end of the tour to ensure we get as many ski days in as possible.

Day 11 - Treble Cone
This morning we drive 25mins to Treble Cone (TC). Spread over three large basins and covering 550 hectares, TC has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), longest groomed intermediate runs (4km) and spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring.

TC is often rated as everyone’s favourite ski field in the Southern Lakes with challenging advanced runs, un-groomed powder and a huge abundance of infamous natural pipes, chutes and hits.

TC receives an average annual snowfall of 5.5 metres and has an average maximum snow depth of 3.25 metres. Its proximity to the Southern Alps means reliable snow conditions and weather, and its geography means it is protected from the cold southerly winds.

Day 12 - Wanaka to Christchurch

2017 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates
NZD$2,999 per person
  • Base/invoice currency is New Zealand Dollars (NZD)
  • Prices are per person including tax
  • Price is based on quad-share accommodation
  • Convert to your currency here
Inclusions
  • 11 nights accommodation (quad share)
  • 9 continental & 2 cooked breakfasts
  • 4 dinners: 2 x Craigieburn Lodge & 2 x Ohau Lodge
  • 9 days lift passes & daily in-resort guiding (at up to 8 NZ ski areas)
  • All transport & daily mountain transfers plus more...
  • Expert host/tour manager
  • Use of rope tow gloves and nut-cracker harness
Optional Extras
  • Upgrade your accommodation to a private room - $899 (divide by 2 if sharing)
  • Heli-skiing in Wanaka - from $995
  • Ski / Snowboard hire for 12 days - $380
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities in Lake Tekapo or Wanaka
  • Extend your stay in Wanaka or Queenstown
Not Included

Haka Tours Terms & Conditions

Your contract is with HAKA TOURS Ltd referred to as "HAKA TOURS".

A deposit of $99 is required at the time of booking, or full payment if booking is inside 30 days of departure, to secure your reservation.

All fares published supersede all prices previously advertised. Stated duration counts from day of departure to the day of return. HAKA TOURS reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by HAKA TOURS within the specified time. Prices include New Zealand Government Goods and Services Tax (where applicable).

HAKA TOURS reserves the right to make changes to their itineraries or cancel any trip, including a guaranteed trip, at any time prior to departure if something beyond the control of HAKA TOURS deems it necessary; including natural disasters, political instability, terrorism, weather, cultural conditions or other external events. It is imperative that passengers check the most up-to-date information from our website just prior to their trip departing.

If HAKA TOURS cancels a trip on which you are holding a fully paid booking you may choose between an alternative trip or a full refund. The company is not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as visas, vaccinations, or non-refundable flights. If the alternative trip chosen is of a lower value than that originally booked then you are entitled to a refund of the price difference. If the alternative tour chosen is of a higher value then you will pay the difference in price.

Cancellation Policy
  • Period % Cancellation Fee
  • Outside 30 days Loss of tour deposit
  • Within 30 days 50% of tour cost
  • Within 7 days 100% of tours cost
(Note: Holiday cost includes base tour price, any add-ons and activities booked through us). Please be aware that if you have booked through a third party like a travel agent, their cancellation policy and terms and conditions may differ to our own. Be sure to check their particular terms and conditions, including cancellation policy, as they will apply.

No refund will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason. This includes refund of accommodation, transport, sightseeing, activities, meals or services not utilised.

Age/Child Policy
HAKA TOURS offers’ adventure, snow and mountain-biking tours across New Zealand that are designed for travellers that are young of heart and ready for a good time. To travel with us we require that you are at the minimum age limit of 18 years at time of travel. Anyone over the age of 50 years is more than welcome on our tours but please be aware that a moderate level of fitness is required whilst on tour, so we do recommend that you are relatively fit, healthy and looking for the adventure of a lifetime. If you have any concerns surrounding your age and whether or not our tours will be suitable for you, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss your options.

Local Partners

In many parts of New Zealand HAKA TOURS works with highly reputable local specialist operators. These local partners are all passionate about the activities they operate and offer the same high standards as HAKA TOURS.

Passports & Visas
All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. It is important that you ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. Visit the NZ Immigration website to see if you need a visa to holiday here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/

Luggage Limits
Within New Zealand travel, each passenger is entitled to take one case, the sum of its length, width and depth not to exceed 160 cm (63 inches), weight limit 20 kilos along with a small day pack. Airlines permit only one cabin bag per person, in which personal items such as cameras, make-up etc. should be carried, though you need to check with your airline provider as to their specific requirements. Over-limit luggage cannot be carried. HAKA TOURS operates in a similar way and asks if you have over the above limit to please get in touch before your tour. Baggage is at 'owner's risk'. Most airports, hotels & hostels offer storage services for additional luggage.

Important Information Exclusion of Liability
Whilst HAKA TOURS will take all reasonable steps to provide an enjoyable tour, it accepts no liability for any loss of enjoyment experienced by passengers due to circumstances beyond its control. HAKA TOURS further accepts no liability for any loss beyond its reasonable control and provides no warranties in addition to those set out under the The Fair Trading Act 1986, and nothing herein restricts any passenger from exercising their rights and remedies pursuant to law. Your Travel Agent will forward booking confirmations and other payments to HAKA TOURS on your behalf, but your Travel Agent is not our agent for the purpose of receipt of monies. Receipt of booking confirmations and subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipt of those monies by HAKA TOURS and the Travel Agent has no authority expressed or implied to receive monies on our behalf. There is no liability on the part of HAKA TOURS in respect to any monies paid to the passenger's Travel Agent unless and until HAKA TOURS notifies the passenger (by way of a booking confirmation advice or payment receipt advice) that monies have been received by HAKA TOURS. The optional tour excursions are not operated by, or at the direction of, or on behalf of HAKA TOURS, its employees or agents or any other persons or companies associated with HAKA TOURS. All Optional Activities are an additional cost to the tour price and by taking bookings for these tours, HAKA TOURS acts as each optional tour operator's agent. These tours include the services of operators other than HAKA TOURS e.g. hoteliers, airlines and optional tour excursions, which are not under the direct control of HAKA TOURS, and whilst HAKA TOURS takes all reasonable care in selecting these operators, it cannot accept responsibility for those operators' conduct or the conduct of their representative employees or agents or for any ramifications of that conduct. On tours including activities such as trekking, swimming and snorkelling, passengers accept that degrees of risk are involved. No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of any representative of HAKA TOURS, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or whereby they become objectionable to other passengers, or they become a hazard to themselves or other passengers. HAKA TOURS will not be responsible for expenses resulting in such persons being precluded from completing the tour.

Amendment Fees
There will be no charge to request a change of tour departure after the original booking has been confirmed, as long as it is done more than two months prior to the original tour departure date. Any further changes or amendments within 6 weeks of the tour departure, will incur a $500 NZD amendment fee (except when change is due to HAKA TOURS cancelling a tour departure). If there is any change to the price of the tour that you change your booking too, since the time of your original reservation, the new tour price will apply to the new reservation.

Pre-Booked Activities
The activities' retail prices are set by other operators and may rise at any time, out of our control. Therefore at 30 days prior to tour departure HAKA TOURS reserves the right to charge customers any difference in price in order to match the most recent price at that time. We estimate that activity prices usually go up 2-5% per year. The price difference will appear on your account as "Activity Price Alignment". Furthermore, by pre-booking additional activities, you also confirm your acceptance of our "Optional Activities Booked On Tour" policy below which are also operated by a voucher process.

Any activity bookings made within 30 days of departure are subject to availability.

Optional Activities Booked On Tour
Activities booked on tour will be charged at the standard retail rate. We operate a voucher system with our activity partners which means we pay in full via a "voucher" for any optional activities instead of you paying the activity provider direct. The activities you select whilst on tour will be added to your "Activity Balance Sheet" with the full balance taken at the end of the tour or when your activity balance exceeds $500 NZD. By operating a voucher system with our activity suppliers, we are able to better manage tour logistics. Your activity balance can be paid via MasterCard, Visa or cash. Credit card payments have a 2% credit card processing fee. Haka Tours does not qualify for any group booking discount with our activity suppliers. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to our activity voucher process whilst on tour.

Itineraries
Itineraries are subject to alteration without notice and intended as a guide only. Alterations may come about due to road or weather conditions, strikes, public holidays, local festivals and cultural or other reasons. Due to the nature of the terrain and remote areas, weather fluctuations can adversely affect road conditions that may necessitate alterations to itinerary with little or no notice. Any additional expense incurred by the passenger is not HAKA TOURS responsibility. HAKA TOURS can give no guarantee as to the exact arrival and departure times for carriers and operators used by HAKA TOURS in the tour and HAKA TOURS will not be liable for failure of any other services or attractions beyond its control.

Minimum and Maximum Numbers
As is normally the case with group tours, a minimum number of bookings are required in order for a tour to be financially viable and to have a pleasant group atmosphere. In the event that adequate numbers cannot be achieved, it may be necessary to cancel a scheduled departure and to offer the nearest possible alternative date (or a full refund of monies paid). The date on which the decision is made whether a tour will operate is usually four weeks before the scheduled departure date. In the event of a breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles other than those specified to ensure the operation of a tour.

Haka Tours restricts guest numbers to a maximum of 16 per tour. Prior to making any travel arrangements such as flights, customers are required to receive confirmation from HAKA TOURS that there is adequate space on the chosen departure date, once any other booking requests are processed. In this case, confirmation is in the form of a ‘Welcome Letter’ sent via email by HAKA TOURS

Maximum numbers in shared dorms
Our included accommodation is dorm share (unless you are upgrading to a private room). While our maximum number of guests in a dorm is 6, on rare occasions up to 8 tour guests will share a dorm.

Smoking
Government regulations forbid smoking in tourist coaches. The vast majority of hostels also are non-smoking, with some having designated smoking areas outside.

Customer Feedback
If a problem occurs during your tour, then it is in your own best interests to advise your Tour Manager immediately so that steps can be taken to resolve the matter there and then. If you remain dissatisfied, any complaint must be made in writing to us within 30 days.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is your responsibility. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade strongly recommends you obtain travel insurance at the time you pay for your travel. Failure to obtain travel insurance is at your own risk. When obtaining travel insurance you must declare all pre-existing medical conditions and any adventurous activities, e.g. skiing, mountain biking, etc.

Accident Compensation Commission (ACC) If you are injured whilst in New Zealand, ACC may be able to help with the cost of the treatment and support you need whilst you're here. However, it is important to be aware that you cannot sue for personal injury - ACC replaces that right. Furthermore, ACC only covers treatment and rehabilitation costs whilst in New Zealand; it is not a replacement for travel insurance and does not cover illness, disrupted travel plans or emergency travel to get you back home.

Fitness and Medicals

Some activities are strenuous of nature. Passengers should be of reasonable health and fitness and carry all required medication. HAKA TOURS must be advised of any prior medical conditions at time of booking.

Lift Pass Refunds - Snow Tours
Please make sure you have suitable travel insurance when on one of our snow tours. Unfortunately, we pre-book our lift passes and these are unable to be refunded if you injure yourself on tour.

Private Group Tours
If we are under-taking a private group tour for you, there are some changes to our standard Terms and Conditions. A non-refundable deposit of 20% is required to confirm the booking and full payment is due 2 months prior to arrival. Cancellations within 2 months prior to arrival will incur a 100% cancellation fee. Amendments within 2 months prior to arrival will incur a $100 admin fee and any additional fees charged by and 3rd party suppliers. Please take in to account an additional $25 NZD bank fee if paying from an overseas bank account.