executive summary By darmansjah
Skiing in New Zealand is a bit different – the Southern Hemisphere season runs June to October for a start. Kiwis also base themselves in towns near the slopes rather than in purpose-built ski resorts (nzski.com). the Remarkables and Coronet Peak Ski fields in the South Island are the best in the region and have coursed for all levels; Coronet even offers night skiing. Nearby Queenstown has a reputation for adrenaline – try bungge jumping, caving, rafting, sledging, jet boating, zip-lining, skydiving and hang gliding. Arrowtown, a short jaunt away, has a settlement from the gold-rush era of the 1860s and nearby Gibbston Valley Winery produces some fine pinot noir (gibbstonvalley.co.nz). Back in town, there’s a buzzing live-music scene, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants. Chalet Queenstown has great lake-facing rooms if you book early (from US$150; chaletqueenstown.co.nz).