Sunday, 23 October 2011

New Zealand 2011. September 15th. Queenstown, The Remarkables, take two!

Today to get to the Remarkables we got the bus! I found out that NZSki Snowline have a bus takes you from Queenstown to both the Remarkables and Coronet Peak Ski fields The NZSki Snowline provides return trips to the slopes every day of the season.There is the Hotel Pickup service, this gets you from your hotel to the mountain and back, this is a premium service and the return is $25.00 per adult (2011 prices). The Snowline Express is the affordable daily service that runs from The Snowcentre to the ski areas. The Remarkables service is $5.00 return and the Coronet Peak run $12.00 return. It goes from the Queenstown SnowCentre on Duke Street in Queenstown. it departs at 8.00 am, then at 20 min intervals with the last bus at 12 noon. The Return journeys start at 13.30. The pickup points for the Express to Coronet Peak is Duke Street, Creekside Campground, Wakatipu High School, Industrial Place (park & ride), McChesney Road, Atley Downs, Coronet Peak.
The Express bus to the Remarkables cost $5.00 return, and took about 40 minutes. The pickup points are Duke Street, Millennium Hotel, The Club, Hensman Road, Goldfield Heights, Greenstone Apartments, Marina Drive, Frankton Bus Shelter, Humphrey Street, The Remarkables Access Road.  $5.00 is a small price to pay as it saved me the hairaising 13km drive on the gravel road in the campervan!
The Bus goes up the mountain in the morning, waits then does the home runs in the afternoon.
 The lift pass for the day was $91.00.The Remarkables cater for intermediate and beginners. The Remarkables Ratings = Beginner 30%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 30%.
Longest Run = 1.5 KM. Open daily from 09.00 to 16.00. Lifts = 3 quad chairs, 3 surface conveyors. Snow making =yes. On field ski hire. tutoring = yes. The reason we chose to go here rather than Coronet Peak was because it has a Tube Park to have a bit of fun on as well as the ski slopes.  It was really cold last night and fresh snow had fallen, so the ski runs were in good condition. We had fun skiing and tubing, but it was very cold up there! So at around 15.30 we got the bus back down to Queenstown and the house to warm up. To look up Snowline www.nzski.com/snowline