Destination Ski New Zealand

Host, Katrina Hobbs explores what New Zealand’s many winter playgrounds have to offer skiers and snowboards both on and off the slopes.  Region by region she checks out the diverse range of ski fields as well as local accommodation and activities in pristine alpines settings. From heli-skiing to jetboating and hot pools to wildlife, it’s astounding what this little country has to offer.

Genre: Travel, Lifestyle, Outdoor
Language: English
Year: 2014

Duration: 6 Episodes x 30 Minutes
Territory/Rights available: Worldwide
Formats Available: No
Show Format: HD
Produced by: Destination Media



Episode 1 – Tekapo
This episode profiles the Mackenzie country, a winter playground surrounded by glacial blue lakes and crisp white snow. Our presenter Katrina, visits an Alpine Spring Spa which also boasts an ice rink and ice tubing. Find out all about Sir Edmund Hilary and the Ngai Tahu legend of the creation of Aoraki Mt Cook using state of the art computer animation. And fly’s to the edge of our galaxy and beyond in the Digital Dome Planetarium in the comfort of an armchair. Then head to Ohau Snowfields for skiing and snowboarding and an overnight experience at Lake Ohau Lodge.

Episode 2 – Methven/Mt Hutt
Katrina drives the spectacular road up to the Mt Hutt Ski Field for a lesson and complete snow experience.Then heads back to Methven checks out a couple of accommodation options and pampers herself at a beautiful villa. Katrina gets a view of the area from a bicycle, samples the local coffee at a local cafe. You wont go hungry in Methven – there’s a great selection of dining options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Episode 3 – Queenstown
On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by stunning alpine scenery. It’s a winter playground with a choice of world class resorts for skiing and boarding. There’s countless restaurants, cool cocktails and steaming hot pools. Katrina plays frisbee golf with the locals, has a drink at the Minus 5 Ice-bar, and experiences a 5 star back packers. And that’s just the beginning – there are six different ski-fields in the area, all a comfortable drive from the centre of Queenstown. Katrina visits The Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski fields and enjoys skiing the mountains.

Episode 4 – Wanaka
We take you skiing and riding around Wanaka, Central Otago, set against the pristine alpine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park at the foot of the Southern Alps. Experience Snowpark, a freestyle playground for skiers and snowboarders alike. Then its off to Lime Tree Lodge for some luxury accommodation and Heli Sking. It’s an action packed episode with a classic plane flight, more leisurely options, and end the day at the iconic Cardrona Hotel.

Episode 5 – Selwyn
Katrina takes up the challenge of the six Canterbury Club Fields including Temple Basin, Craigeburn, Broken River, and relaxes at a Ski Field Lodge . On the way home she stops at a famous Hotel then heads back to Christchurch to spend some time playing at the Christchurch Casino.

Episode 6 – Ruapehu
Katrina arrives in the North Island city of Rotorua and heads off to see some kiwis, an ancient Tuatara and has an exhilarating ride with Huka Jets. Then it’s off to Ruapehu to ski Turoa and Whakapapa, and overnight at a Chateau on the mountain. Katrina gets to compete in a gumboot throwing competition in Taihape, shoot some clay pigeons and is a guest at a Hunting Lodge.