GETTING TO THE SNOW RESORTS
Snow Resort access roads are constantly maintained, but conditions can vary on a daily basis. If you are not comfortable with putting chains on, or driving on potentially snowy unsealed roads, then I suggest that you let someone else chauffeur you, and drop you off right at the base building!
There are lots of options from ski area shuttle buses to private door to door transport. I’ve prepared this little table for you to give you an idea of what the choices are:-
|NZSKI snowline Express||CP or Remarks||The Station, Duke St (about 100m from the apartment)||$20 adult or child multi ride tickets available||Not possible|
|Go Orange||CP or Remarks Cardrona Treble Cone||35 Shotover Street||$35 adult $25 child $50 adult $35 child $55 adult $45 child||Must book night prior (03) 442 7340|
|Info & Snow||CP or Remarks Cardrona Treble Cone||Easiest stop is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel||$30 adult $50 adult $55 adult||0800 GO SNOW or (03) 442 9708|
|Queenstown Taxis / Blue bubble||Coronet Peak||Car (1-4) Van (5-11)||$80 one way aprox $95 one way||(03) 442 6666|
|Snow Shuttles||Coronet Peak Remarks Cardrona Treble Cone||Door to
door private charters
Prices for up to 13 people
|$330 $430 $450
|0800 737 468 snowshuttles.co.nz|
If you have a rental car, then it should have come “skierized”. This means it has a roof rack and chains. There are often chain fitting bays where some enterprising person will help you (there’s often a cost) on the ski area roads. Even though Coronet Peak has a lovely sealed road, do remember that it is not highway driving. Vehicles are coming up and also down all day, so take it easy and always fit chains if requested.
If you are driving to Cardrona and have your lift pass and gear, you can park in the first (bottom) car park and ride the lift into the ski area. This means you don’t have to drive up the last part of the road and find a park. There is a drop off zone outside the base building if that works better for you.
Treble Cone offers a free shuttle from the bottom of the access road if you don’t fancy the drive yourself.
The Remarkables access road is not really well suited for campervans, especially if it is windy.
TASTY IDEAS – hungry?
Queenstown is full of great restaurants and dining options, many of which are right on your doorstep. We have around 150 bars and restaurants so there’s everything from fine dining to great pub food, and everything in between.
The newest restaurant in town is White & Wong of Auckland, and this is just along from the building on Shotover Street. Their signature “Sardine” bar is located on Beach Street.
The newest café in town is Big Fig (from Wanaka) and it is conveniently (also) just downstairs., Open from October, very handy for breakfast, lunch & dinner!
Heading up to Coronet Peak and want breakfast – www.rakauqueenstown.co.nzorder& pay online, pick up on the way through Arthurs Point. Located on the right just next to Marble (another reincarnation of the old Gantley’s restaurant, formerly the jail house in the gold mining days).they are a unique bistro style pizzeria & grill with good food and coffee.
Here are some good ideas that you might not know to look out for:-
If your schedule allows and you can eat early, generally around 5.30/6pm, you get 50% off your food bill. There is a $10 booking fee.
Need a night in?:-
Pedros House of Lamb offers great lamb roast dinners. You can collect, or they will deliver.
Food on Q, which is a delivery service to your door, with a large variety of restaurant participating. View menu’s and order on line. https://www.foodonq.co.nz/search/type/delivery/address/Queenstown
My Thai – probably the best Thai restaurant in town is right down stairs on the mezzanine level on the Beach Street side of the building. Check out the menu online, give the a call and pop down to collet.
Hell Pizza will deliver to the apartment (in case you were wondering). www.hellpizza.com.
Lord of the Fries (is outside iFly building) at 27 Brecon Street, offers vegan food
Eriks fish and chips is over on Earl Street. It’s pretty good fish and chips. You can order online if you want. www.eriksfishandchips.mobi2go.com . My suggestion is to take your (lunch or dinner) over to Perkies, the “floating bar” moored just by Earnslaw Park. They have a bar, and welcome folks bringing their own food.
Skyline Buffet – really a great “Kiwi-Style” megga buffet. They have multiple lunch and dinner sitting times. They also offer a Family Discount rate. You are best to make a reservation. www.skyline.co.nz/en/queenstown/dining/stratosfare-restaurant-bar/ There are of course lots of other fun activities at the Skyline including the Luge, the only waist harness bungy in Queenstown, and stargazing.
Supermarkets – in town, just a 5 minute walk up Shotover Street is the Alpine Supermarket. It’s a little bit expensive, but it is very convenient.
A 10 minute walk, on Gorge Road, is Fresh Choice. They have a very good wine section.
The ultimate convenience is the 2/4 on the corner of Shotover and Rees Street (at the end of the block). You do pay for the convenience, so if you are doing a “shop”, its better to head to a supermarket. Full on supermarkets are located out in Frankton (if you were wondering if we have any!).
Local Market Day – Every Saturday from 10am until 3.30pm right in from of the building on Earnslaw Park. Every so often, they throw in a Friday market, mainly in the summer, or around special events in town.
Interesting shopping that isn’t easy to spot –
Local Designer Jules has moved her 9 Body Coverage from Cow Lane to the corner of Shotover Street and Gorge Road. With the short walk, past the Alpine Supermarket, other side of the road, one block up.
Children’s clothing - There is a new honey experience and The Barn which has great children’s clothing. You need to drive, but it is out by the Frankton roundabout, just past the BP service station. Take the turnoff just after the round about, for the City Impact Church.
In town, Rookies, is very close to the building on Beach Street. They rent ski clothing for very littlies, cots, and they retail fabulous kids clothing.
Large chain stores such as K Mart, The Warehouse, Pack & Save, Briscos are all located out in (new) Frankton at areas like Remarkables Park, 5 Mile and Frankton Flats. Some are accessible by public bus which leaves from Camp Street pretty much outside Kentucky Fried.
It is now easy to catch a bus to Arrowtown, from Camp Street. Whilst Arrowtown is only small with one main street, there are lots of nice places to eat, and some nice shopping.
In NZ we make great Possum/Merino blend wool jerseys under various brand names. Possum’s in NZ are considered a noxious pest, but we love their fur which like Polar Bears’, is hollow on the inside. They make just the warmest, softest jerseys ever! Arrowtown has a great range of these, and prices tend to be a little less than in Queenstown.
Other items to shop for in Arrowtown are Greenstone, bone & gold jewellery. There are also art galleries and clothing stores. An Arrowtown pie from the Bakery is a bit of a “must do”. For those over shopping, the Chinese Miners Village & the museum are pretty interesting too!