If you want a really special family ski experience in New Zealand, your best option is a guided tour. Haka Tours has introduced fully guided, fully hosted New Zealand Family Ski Tours in Queenstown and Wanaka, which include all transport, lessons and gear.
Two guided tours were trialed last year and proved to be such a success that there are 16 departures planned this year. We asked tour guide Katie Dodd to explain exactly what makes a guided tour such a good option for families.
What are the advantages of taking a guided tour as opposed to just hitting the slopes?
The benefits are huge. You can sit back and let me drive you to all the best ski fields, help you with your ski and snowboard equipment to make sure its fit for purpose and let me take care of all the logistics. I know the mountains like the back of my hand so can take you to the best terrain suited to your family’s skill level and preferences. If the adults want some time out, I can take care of the kids and make sure they are entertained on the slopes. And for the expert skiers and snowboarders, I am able to help maximise your day on every mountain we explore. At the end of a fun day, I then drive you back to our accommodation and make sure all dinner reservations are taken care of.
Are the tours suitable for beginners or better suited to advanced skiers?
It is genuinely suited for all ski levels from kids first learning to ski to the parents who may have skied extensively all over the world. Because I am your dedicated Tour Manager, I will assess your skill level to make sure your time on the snow is as enjoyable as possible!
Does it take a certain type of personality to cope with guiding a family?
It helps to love kids, which I do, but ultimately having fun on the slopes entertaining our customers is far from being a chore so all it takes is a love of the snow, a people oriented person and a huge amount of energy!
What comments have you had from kids or parents about the Haka tours?
The comments we get are that we make it so easy and that the parents can sit back and enjoy their holiday as opposed to having to worry about all the details and logistics whilst getting time away from the kids when needed.