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What fantastic treats await you in the All-Star’s New Zealand Powder Tour?

ski skiWe had a benefit to review the ski holiday and snowboard holiday vacation resorts around New Zealand. We were checking out different tour operators in New Zealand and we found All-Star Adventures — perhaps the country’s top travel company. Below is an overview of the Powder Storming New Zealand tour the company provides to skiers and snowboarders: From August 23 to September 1, 2014, All-Star Adventures will take you to middle Earth. But, the journey is just not about a magical ring or journeying on the way to Mount Doom.



It is a trip of your life across world-class ski and snowboard territory and untracked powder snow! Even Frodo Baggins will be jealous of you if he learns about the experience that awaits you on the greatest ski and snowboard journey to the Queenstown – Wanaka region. Your trip will take you first towards the beautiful town of Wanaka. Get settled in your comfy accommodation and have a tour out and about before settling in for a wonderful dinner in one of Wanaka’s well-known attractions. Wanaka hosts one of the best skiing places on the planet. Treble Cone is the top and the greatest ski field area in the Southern Island of New Zealand.


In addition, it has the longest vertical drop at 700 meters. Not for the newbies, it has the highest ratio of black runs in the nation. On the flip side, Cardrona (another stop on All-Star’s tour), is known as a popular destination for family vacations and beginners because of its groomed slopes. After a day of grand adventure, relax and enjoy the home baked cookies, homemade ice cream or a beer as you’re watching the latest movie in town only in Cinema Paradiso. The nightlife in Wanaka is filled with vigor. Prominent pubs just like: Shooters Bar, Red Rock and Fitzpatrick’s Irish pub provide you with after-dinner drinks and live amusement. Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure center, has some of the most heart stopping escapades you’ll ever enjoy like: bungee jumping, paragliding, zip lining, skydiving, cat skiing, heli skiing, jet boating and many others. Visit top notch ski resorts like Coronet Peak (the country’s first commercial ski field) and The Remarkables. If it isn’t enough, heli skiing that will fly you over the magnificent Southern New Zealand Alps is included in this trip. The powder hound within you will definitely love the experience of skiing down the virgin snow covering the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The tour will not be complete without seeing the Northern regions where the Lord of the Rings was shot. Do you want to go where the famed Hobitton was set? Ever thought the spot that the Gardens of Isengard is located? Do you know that Edoras — Rohan’s main city — was built on Ashton district’s Mount Sunday? All-Star Adventures New Zealand Powder Tour offers the best deal at the most affordable rate. Have a look at the bang for the buck offered to you: secure accommodations, a group size not more than 10, warm and friendly local guides, ten days of adventure on snow, a 1:6 coach to client ratio, daily ground transport including airport pick-up and drop-off, heli serviced terrain and fine meals of two breakfasts and two dinners. The tour has also included a complimentary Rainforest Exploration. So, what are you waiting? The tour guarantees a once-in-a lifetime adventure with amazing locations, friendly people, great places to check out, delectable food and fun activities you’ll never find anywhere else.



The Four Snowboarding and Skiing Resorts in New Zealand you shouldn’t miss

If you plan to visit New Zealand, you must visit its awesome ski and snowboarding holiday resorts found around Queensland and Wanaka region. If you’re ready to explore the ski and snowboarding resorts of New Zealand, better start out with these four amazing places. Being the leading ski holiday tour company in New Zealand, All Star Adventures takes guests to each of these resorts and more throughout their well-known Powder Storming New Zealand Ski and Snowboard Tour. The company invites all skiers and snowboarders to discover this tour. All skill levels are welcome!

aNZed-056The Coronet Peak

Established in 1947, the Coronet Peak is New Zealand’s first commercial ski field. This well-developed ski field is only twenty minutes away from Queenstown. Coronet Peak is less packed as compared to Remarkables. It has a variety of terrain that skiers and snowboarders will surely appreciate. It is the home of the Queenstown Winter Festival as well as the New Zealand Winter Games. The thrill doesn’t stop around this place because you can ski from morning (First Tracks) till night (Night Skiing). Here’s a quick fact : the field features the country’s largest fully automated snowmaking system with 213 snow guns. Would you like to take the family with you? You’ll be glad to know that kids aged six and younger will get day lift passes for free. You can go to Coronet Peak between 7th of June until 30th of September.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables is a mountain range and ski field located in Otago, South Island of New Zealand. The ski resort has three mountain bowls covering 540 acres with six lifts. The Remarkables has three terrain parks and a snow tubing park your children will surely enjoy. It covers 220 hectares of skiable area with different terrains available for beginners to advanced skiers. The snowboard lessons are very good quality that are going to make you feel confident. Expect to have a larger and much better holiday resort when it opens its doors on the June 21. It will feature a double snowmaking capacity, a bigger car park and even more trails for starters.

Cardrona Alpine Resort

The Cardona Alpine Resort promises the most consistent snow condition in the Queensland-Wanaka region. With a surface that covers 345 hectares of dry, powdery snow, it is the region’s second biggest ski area. The resort provides broad and groomed slopes. Cardrona Alpine Resort features a good assortment of terrain like: green runs for learners and varied blue runs for intermediate skiers. For novices, access the newly developed Cardrona beginner’s slopes, reachable using a state-of-the art “magic carpet” lifts. It provides seven terrain parks composed of two half pipes, four parks and a gravity cross course – best for skiers and snowboarders who love terrain parks. The resort will open on June 20.

The Treble Cone

This place is all about the extremes! The Treble Cone has the longest vertical rise at 4 kilometers and the region’s largest ski area at 550 hectares. Snowboarders and skiers will surely appreciate its field detailed with numerous chutes, bowls and drops. The Austrian national ski team was so impressed with the place, they made it their off-season training ground. Not to be outclassed by other resorts, Treble Cone has expansive and well-groomed trails for beginners and intermediates alike. The resort has some cool amenities like a free surface lift for newbies and a day’s worth of trekking to small terrain parks. The resort will open on June 26.

Interesting data about Skiing and Snowboarding Queenstown and Wanaka

aNZed-056New Zealand’s leading ski holidays and snowboard holidays provider, All-Star Adventures, will offer you Powder Storming New Zealand Tour at the picturesque towns of Queenstown and Wanaka so you get all inclusive ski holiday. Skiers and snowboarders should expect an amazing vacation. Referred to as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown boasts a variety of events for adrenaline seekers. For those who would like to enjoy an amazing holiday with their loved ones, Wanaka will never fail them. It is a casual town found at the southern end of Lake Wanaka.

But before you get ready, would you be interested to learn more information on Wanaka and Queenstown? Just who or what exactly is “Wanaka”? Who is the first US president to visit Queenstown? What makes The Remarkable, well, remarkable? Did you know that the Lord of the Rings was filmed around this region?

Wanaka came from the phrase “Oanaka” which means “the place of Anaka”. Remarkably, Anaka is a local chieftain. Wanaka’s original name was Pembroke — after a British Colonial Secretary. Queenstown was originally called “Camp” by early settler and traveler William Reese. Based on an old story, the place was very beautiful that gold prospectors declared it as “a place fit for a Queen”. Some are convinced that the name “Queenstown” originated from a town located in Ireland. Colin Basterfield of United Kingdom was the very first person to bungee jump into the year 2000. He jumped off Nevis Highwire Bungy. A local resident from Southland, New Zealand became the oldest person to bungee jump. He was 94. He jumped at the Kawarau Bridge Bungy.

In July 1995 snow fell for 11 consecutive days in Queenstown and lay on the ground for 14 days. In September 1999, President Clinton was the first US President ever to go to Queenstown. At the height of filming the Lord of The Rings, over 500 people a day queued at the casting rooms in Queenstown. Chile, Queenstown and Argentina are situated at the same latitude — 45 degrees south. Queenstown’s resident population is only around 18,000. Yet, the size increases more than 100 times (1.8 million) as it welcome tourists each year.

Besides The Rockies, The Remarkable is the only other mountain range worldwide that runs directly from north to south. Surveyor Alexander Garvie coined the name after seeing the impressive view of the mountain range at sunset. The TSS Earnslaw is the only remaining passenger-carrying coal-fired steamship in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1885 all Queenstown hotels were run by ladies who all were widows. The Shotover River is known as the richest gold bearing river of its size on the planet. In 1947, Sir Henry Wigley launched the commercial skiing in Queenstown. Set up in 1958, Queenstown’s Kawarau Jet was the first commercial jet boat business. In 1988, Bungy New Zealand’s Kawarau Bridge bungy site became the first commercial bungy operation worldwide.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Vertical Limit, Prince Caspian, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 10,000 BC were shot at Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region. In the last 10 years, Wanaka’s population roughly doubled to 5,000 due to its growing tourism sector. The Warbirds over Wanaka International Show is the largest “war birds” air show in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a biennial event which showcases a collection of World War II aircraft from around the globe. Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. It is situated 300 meters above sea level with an approximate depth of 300 meters. Lake Hawea is the 9th largest lake in New Zealand. Queenstown and Wanaka are not just exceptional ski and snowboard getaway. They are also a place rich in culture and history.