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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
60 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 TRAVEL Wanaka wonderland Wanaka is a fast- growing resort area about an hour's drive from the more established destination of Queenstown. GRAEME WILSON Where else can you enjoy a few hours on the slopes before lunch and then 18 holes of golf in the afternoon with lake and mountain views to die for?' ' IF careful planning is the key to a perfect holiday, it's time to dust off the skis and snowboards and get busy. I sampled the joys of spring skiing out of Wanaka on New Zealand's South Island last September and now's the time to organise a trans- Tasman trip of your own to coincide with the back end of the upcoming ski season. Traditionally the weather is more settled than in the throes of winter, with longer days and milder temperatures, and if you're as lucky as I was, you'll also experience the best snow conditions of the season. More than a metre of the fluffy white stuff fell during my week-long stay, and the clear blue skies made for perfect conditions whenever my wife and I ventured out on to the slopes. Unlike the surrounding paddocks abounding in new-born lambs, the spring ski fields are less crowded than during the height of the season. The slightly warmer temperatures provide an ideal opportunity to mix a ski holiday with a taste of everything else the region has to offer. The morning is the best time to get out and tear up the trails, particularly for less experienced skiers like me. But this should just encourage you to make the most of the improved weather and lingering daylight to get out and explore beyond the ski fields. Where else can you enjoy a few hours on the slopes before lunch and then 18 holes of golf in the afternoon with lake and mountain views to die for? If you like the pace a bit leisurely, enjoy some hiking, fly-fishing or a wine-tasting tour of some of the 100-odd surrounding vineyards. If you prefer a walk on the wild side, jump on a jetboat or launch yourself off a mountainside on a tandem paragliding leap of faith. Or just sit back and relax in a lakefront cafe, marvelling at the picture-perfect views. Rapidly spreading out along the southern tip of the lake, Wanaka is a fast-growing resort area about an hour's drive from Queenstown. It's ideally located between the major ski fields of Cardrona and Treble Cone, with each being only roughly 30 minutes away by road. Snow Park, with its exciting freestyle slopes, is across the highway from Cardrona and next door to Snow Farm, which offers a different skiing experience with its specialist cross-country trails. Treble Cone is the South Island's biggest ski field and recent emphasis has been on creating more trails for intermediate and beginner skiers. The drive up the mountain provides more than enough adrenalin for the less adventurous among us with a twisting, turning ascent overlooking the valley hundreds of metres below. Once on the slopes, it doesn't hurt to get a tune-up from one of the patient instructors who will refresh your memory on how to stay vertical when gravity is determined to send you horizontal. After burning up your energy shooshing your way back to top form, visit New Zealand's most renowned mountain cafe but beware the cheeky keas -- the colourful native parrots ever ready to pounce on unattended food. Cardrona is ideal for families of differing skill levels, with expansive beginner and intermediate trails and a popular children's ski school where the littlies can learn how it's done. For those still too young to venture out on to the mountain, licensed full- day child care is available. Multiple eateries and bars provide the ideal setting for a relaxing catch-up to swap your latest tales from the trails. Or head down the mountain with your designated driver to the historic Cardrona Hotel where you can grab a seat by one of its open fires and enjoy an award-winning beer or wine. Snow Park offers full-on fun for tearaway teenagers and their older counterparts more inclined to the freestyle action of superpipes and jumps. As we enjoyed a delicious glass of local pinot noir in the restaurant overlooking the snow, one intrepid young boarder finished refuelling with a burger and fries, strapped on his board and launched himself from the railing to the slopes below to resume his day's activities. This place exudes ''cool'' and the teenagers love it. Ski Farm next door offers the more sedate option of cross-country skiing and it's well worth a visit just to learn the vastly different skills required for this type of skiing. The spring season runs from early September to early October and special deals abound. 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