The remarkables with OZ Snow
After an evening Flight into Queenstown with Jetstar it was straight to the Reaver’s lodge to check in. If you’re looking to bundle your ski hire and accommodation the Reaver’s Lodge allows you to do that. It is a little bit out of town but it’s definitely a walkable distance to Queenstown’s attractions. We checked in and got a bite to eat upstairs at Hugo’s Bar. Before heading out for a few drinks into town. Queenstown has got a decent amount of restaurants and places to grab a drink so there is always something to do in town.
We had a 7am wake up call for breakfast and snow hire. You can rent gear straight from the lodge which is awesome because it can he fairly uncomfortable to carry around everywhere if you hired multi day in town. Had a quick breakfast before hopping on the shuttle bus to the Remarkable’s Ski Mountain (about a 30-45 minute drive). You can purchase lessons and a lift pass there otherwise with your ski hire or a travel agent. I had only skied once before so I need opt for the refresher lesson. They have 2 lessons per day a morning session and after lunch. It’s perfect for those you have never been on the snow before or like me need a bit of a reminder of the techniques etc.
After having a quick lunch which you can buy from the cafes inside (they can be fairly overpriced too so if you want to bring your own i’d highly recommend it) we went back out for some fun in the snow. There hadn’t been too much snow fall in the last couple of days so the powder on the mountain wasn’t to thick but enough to make some snowballs and snow angels… In the afternoon I headed up the magic carpet into the larger slopes for beginners. Having originally learned at Coronett Peak I would suggest remarkable’s for first timers. It’s got a larger slope for when you’re ready to learn a bit more and is a lot wider and longer than the learning space at Coronett Peak.
We headed back about 4pm from the snow field on the last shuttle. There are shuttles running from Queenstown bus station all day until 4pm. These are usually included in your lift pass so there is no need to pay extra for them. Once arriving back we collected all of our gear and went back to the Reaver’s Lodge. I would suggest if you’re going to stay there to get a cab or a locker for your equipment as unless your staying right in the town centre it is just easier. The taxi to the Reaver’s Lodge is about $8-12 NZ, well worth it if you ask me! We had a bite to eat at Hugo’s Bar (upstairs on site to the lodge). They always have specials for meals so you can ask them daily. The drinks are super cheap in Queenstown if you can get in for happy hour. When it comes to food I would highly recommend exploring town at least 2 nights during your stay as there are so many options!