It’s not too late to book your last minute New Zealand ski holiday

By New Zealand /

A ski holiday is one of the best ways to spend winter with the family. Most people start to hit the slopes when snow season begins in June. But the great news is you can wait until October to go skiing or snowboarding and the trip is still going to be just as great.

A New Zealand ski holiday offers you postcard views at every turn and terrain for different experience levels.

Check out some of the cheap car rental deals on New Zealand’s north and south islands, then make your way to the slopes.

Mt Hutt, South Island

Mt Hutt is the ideal place to you if you want a laidback skiing holiday. The terrain, which includes 365 hectares of treeless slopes, is best suited to beginners and intermediates. Mt Hutt is usually never too crowded and best of all, it’s just an hour and a half drive from Christchurch.

The Remarkables, South Island

This incredible resort is, quite frankly, remarkable. Whether you’re a first-timer or an experienced skier or snowboarder, the Remarkables has it all. The ski fields are family friendly, so you have childcare options, daily ski schools available as well as bargain family ski gear hire deals at your fingertips.

Whakapapa, North Island

New Zealand’s largest ski area hosts more than 65 trails across more than 1000 hectares. Happy Valley is the best place to learn to ski if you’re a beginner, as it’s far away from the fast-moving skiiers and snowboarders. The volcanic terrain at Whakapapa also gives variety to the runs. For intermediate and advanced skiers, there are many bumps, drops, bowls and chutes to contend with.

Turoa, North Island

On the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is Australasia’s longest vertical descent. It also features New Zealand’s highest lift. There are 25 black and black diamond runs, featuring natural half-pipes and chutes. The terrain is challenging and thrilling – there will never be a dull moment. While beginners can build up their confidence at the Alpine Meadow, right next to the chalet where hot meals and snacks are ready at your convenience.


Head for the ski resorts near Sydney this snow season

By Australia / New South Wales /

Ski resorts in New South Wales are some of the best in the country. The beauty is most of them are just a few hours’ drive from Sydney. There are ski resorts perfect for everyone, whether you prefer to ski, snowboard or even play around in the snow and build snowmen.

Find a cheap Sydney car hire deal with DriveNow and visit these awesome ski resort.


Thredbo is Australia’s most famous. Not only is it the highest at 2,037m but it also has the largest vertical downhill drop, at 672m. Two-thirds of the resort is for an intermediate skill range. Choose from more than 50 run and some of them are even great for beginners and advanced skiers.

Perisher Resort

Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. The valley’s fields cover an amazing 1,245 hectares which seems like paradise for snow lovers. There’s more than 70 courses and while most suit intermediate skiers or snowboarders, even beginners and pros will find something to suit their needs.

Charlotte Pass

At 1,760m above sea level, Charlotte Pass is blanketed in fields of snow for most of the winter months. Many adventurers call Charlotte pass a “a true alpine experience’ because you aren’t competing with crowds. This is largely thanks to cars and buses not being allowed to pass the gates at Perisher.

Mount Selwyn

Beginners and intermediate thrill-seekers will love Mount Selwyn. This makes the Selwyn Snowfields the perfect place to learn how to ski or snowboard. There are fewer runs than the other places in NSW, but it makes up for it with the variety of family activities. Visit the two Snowtube parks, go cross country skiing or have a go at tobogganing.


Let it snow … 5 great places for a ski holiday in the Victorian Alps

By Australia / Victoria /

The Victorian alps are some of the most picturesque in all of Australia. In winter, the region turns into a winter wonderland, as skiers and snowboarders flock to the High Country.

Are you planning a ski trip this winter? Make sure you find a great Melbourne car hire deal with DriveNow, then make your way north. 

Here are some of our top picks for where to stay in the Victorian Alps.

Mount Hotham

The resort is built on a spectacular mountain ridge with stunning views of Victoria’s High Country. Ski or snowboard from an altitude of 1845m. There are 13 lifts and more than 80 runs with options for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. You’ll also find trendy bars and plenty of activities to keep you busy when you’re off the slopes.

Falls Creek

Welcome to Victoria’s largest alpine resort. It features more than 90 runs and 450 hectares of skiable area. Falls Creek is ideal for skiers who have been hitting the slopes for a while, but not quite yet comfortable to take on the black runs. That’s because 60 per cent of the terrain is classified as ‘intermediate’. This resort is also home to the Kangaroo Hoppet, which is the largest annual snow sport event in the southern hemisphere.

Lake Mountain

Lake Mountain is a great spot for cross country skiers, with 37 km of cross country trails. Its highest altitude is 1480m. Although it’s one of the smaller destinations, Lake Mountain is the closest resort to Melbourne. Within two hours you’ll reach the snowfields, making it an ideal spot for a quick day trip.

Mount Baw Baw

Just two and a half hours from Melbourne is Mount Baw Baw and its stunning landscapes. It’s known for being a great location for families because most of the terrain is for beginners or intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Whether you want a visit to one of the toboggan parks, a dog sled tour or a visit to the Rock Pool Spa, there’s something for everyone.

Mount Buller

This is another fantastic snow resort with more than 80 runs. Most of the runs are suited for intermediate or experienced skiers but there are some beginner options. There’s even the option of night skiing. The lifts will take you to an altitude of 1780m and treat you to 300 ha of area to ski. It’s only a three-hour drive from Melbourne and the views are some of the best in the state.



Winter wonderland in Wellington

By New Zealand / Wellington /

Winter in Wellington. New Zealand’s north island is an absolute gem at any time of year, but even more so in winter. Not only will you generally find the roads are quieter and there are no lines to get into most places. You have the freedom to move at your own pace and book as you go along.

Many people will flock to the south island for winter on the ski fields. But Wellington has plenty to offer plus more. Pick up a hire car from Wellington airport and make this the place of your next winter getaway.

Choose from these things to do…

Go shopping

Shopping is always a good idea on a rainy day and Wellington has many charming shopping hotspots. Cuba Street is known for its vintage stores, such as Ziggurat, along with boutique stores and New Zealand designers. Lambton Quay is also popular with locals. But if you’re also looking for all sorts of handmade arts and crafts, the Wellington Night Market or the Underground Market will serve you perfectly.

Have a go at ice skating

Wellington turns into a winter wonderland when the colder months hit. There are ski fields nearby, but if you want something very quick and easy then you’re in luck! In recent years the city has started hosting its very own outdoor ice rink when the mercury plummets. It’s a great way to have fun, learn some new skills and exercise all at the same time.

Explore Zealandia Sanctuary

Travel just a few minutes from downtown Wellington and you’ll discover the joys of the Zealandia Sanctuary. Stroll through the area and you’ll be able to spot geckos, parrots and even the endangered little spotted kiwis. It’s worth joining a guided tour of the sanctuary to learn more about these creatures. Tours run during the day, in the evenings and at night. Each offers a different experience.

Tour Kapiti Island

Kapiti Island is a nature reserve and it’s home to some of the country’s most endangered birds. It’s not just the island but also the waters surrounding Kapiti Island that make it a safe haven for endangered species, so they can thrive again. The number of people who can visit the 10km long island each day is limited. Only licensed tour operators are allowed to bring visitors to the island.

Jump on board the Northern Explorer Train

When the time comes for you to leave Wellington and head north to Auckland, you’ll want to make sure you do it the right way. Sure, you can easily catch a flight. But why not buy a ticket for the Northern Explorer Train, so you can spend hours passing beautiful scenery? You’ll pass snow-capped mountains, rolling hills and pristine rivers.



Guide to skiing at Whistler


Whistler is one of the world’s greatest skiing destinations. Spend a weekend in the snow and you’ll never want to leave. There’s no need to stress about all the details such as where to hire your equipment or where to stay. We have it all sorted!

Once you fly into Vancouver airport, pick up a hire car and drive 2 hours north to Whistler. Here are five things you need to know before you stay there.

Where to hire your gear
Finding the right gear is perhaps going to be the most important part of your trip. While in Vancouver or driving to Whistler you can stop off at many cities or towns where you can hire your gear. There are some good websites too, such as where someone brings the equipment straight to your hotel.

Best run
Whistler has more than 200 trails along with more than 8000 acres of terrain for skiing or snowboarding. As for the best run on Whistler, it really depends who you ask. However, Surfs Up consistently ranks as one of the best with high quality snow. It’s a trail for the experienced, as there are steep cliff drop offs which can be rather daunting. Beginners can still access parts of the mountain such as Burnt Stew Trail. It offers 360-degree views and takes you straight to the village when you’re finished.

Where to stay
The famous Fairmont Chateau Whistler sits at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain. Wake up in the morning, put on your gear, step outside and you’re right on the slopes. It’s a beautiful chateau with luxurious accommodation options. It also offers outstanding cuisine and gives you easy access to the mountainside whirlpools.

Best view
Between the towns of Whistler and Squamish is Panorama Ridge. It’s a scenic hike within Garibaldi Provincial Park, which takes you through forests and meadows full of wildflowers. The peak sits at 2133m and offers views of two stunning mountains and Garibaldi Lake. This hike can easily be accomplished in a day, but make sure you’re prepared and leave early.

Where to grab a meal
After a hard day of skiing, stop by Dusty’s Bar & BBQ for one of the best meals on the mountain! Dusty’s sits at the base of the Creekside Gondola and is open everyday from 11am until late. The BBQ is mouthwatering, the live entertainment is incredible and the story behind this venue and how it got its name is legendary.