With the Australian dollar stretching around 30% further in New Zealand, it's the perfect time to book a ski holiday to the land of the long white cloud.
Queenstown is New Zealand's most popular winter wonderland. There's no ski-in, ski out accommodation, with easy access to nearby ski fields via a fast and efficient bus service.
Coronet Peak, with an average snowfall of 2.1 metres is just 25 minutes away via sealed road. The Remarkables, with an average snowfall of 3.1 metres are 45 minutes away from Queenstown. A one-hour drive will take you to Cardona (average snowfall of 2.7 metres) with the South Island's most abundant ski fields, Treble Cone with an average snowfall of 5.5 metres being 1.5 hours away.
Queenstown is a party town with great apres and dining offerings as well as a selection of boutique and snow-sports themed shopping. There are more than 100 bars, restaurants and cafes in Queenstown.
Getting to Queenstown is easy with more than 15 direct flights each week from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Gold Coast.
One of the most indulgent and elegant places to stay is Peppers Beacon which offers four luxurious accommodation styles ranging from hotel rooms to two and three bedroom suites and a deluxe penthouse. Peppers Beacon is a five minute walk along a flat walkway to town.
Many of the accommodation options are up on the hill, which can be a challenging walk after a strenuous day on the mountains. Peppers Beacon has a 'Stay Four, Pay Three' package for stays between May and December. Prices start from $NZ188* per night in a Hotel Room (approx $AUD144* per night) www.peppers.com.au/beacon