AT PLAY IN THE KIWI POW­DER

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET NEW ZEALAND - CE­LESTE MITCHELL

New Zealand’s south­ern ski slopes are open and it’s shap­ing up to be an­other huge sea­son. Paul An­der­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Queen­stown moun­tains Coronet Peak and The Re­mark­ables, says Aussies can’t get enough of Kiwi pow­der.

“We’re just see­ing it go from strength to strength,” he says. “Aus­tralia is a mas­sive mar­ket for us, par­tic­u­larly in Queen­stown but also in Can­ter­bury.

“The air­line ca­pac­ity is just con­tin­u­ing to grow each year. This year we’ve got a record 62 tran­sTas­man flights ar­riv­ing di­rect into Queen­stown at the peak of win­ter, and there has also been a huge amount of ca­pac­ity added into Christchurch, par­tic­u­larly with Emi­rates fly­ing its A380 into Christchurch daily.”

The fi­nal touches of a $45 mil­lion ex­pan­sion to The Re­mark­ables and re­vamped restau­rants at Coronet Peak are just two of the bonuses for those headed to New Zealand, and An­der­son says even though it’s not ski-in, ski-out, the rest of the at­trac­tions on of­fer make Queen­stown a di­verse ski hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

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