Imagine the panic. You rise early to don your brightly coloured winter gear, shovelling breakfast down in a rush to beat the queues up the mountain, only to discover that the lifts are shut because of adverse weather conditions. With the situation not set to improve you need to re-group and after a quick conversation with the concierge at The Spire Hotel, you come up with a plan for your day away from the slopes. Rest days don’t have to be boring; yours certainly won’t be!
Before the kids have had time to start complaining, you are whisked away on a private charter helicopter out to the west coast. Visually unparalleled, Milford Sound is a must do when visiting New Zealand; huge rainfall gives the region its unique character with rainforests, rivers and waterfalls on show. The helicopter is admirably suited to this diverse terrain, ensuring optimum visibility and unrivalled safety to experience this incredible landscape. The morning draws to a close with a gourmet lunch atop Cecil Peak overlooking the Wakatipu basin.
Next it’s on to adrenalin. You always said that you would never tackle the bungy jump yet here you are on the precipice of the AJ Hackett Bungy platform at the Kawarau Bridge, the world home of bungy. You can see the family watching off to the side; you have no choice but to jump. After the most exhilarating 10 seconds of your life and posting bragging rights to social media you head five minutes down the road to Peregrine Wines.
Central Otago is the southernmost wine producing region in the world. Built on a foundation of passion and ingenuity, the region is home to world class pinot noirs and a wealth of other wines. A private tour behind the scenes arms you with the knowledge you need next time your friends pass you the wine list!
After a thrilling day taking in the best that Queenstown has to offer away from the slopes, you unwind in the comfort of your suite at The Spire Hotel with an in-room remedial massage preparing you for a big day back on the slopes tomorrow. Let’s hope the weather plays ball or you may end up doing it all over again! Now wouldn’t that be awful 😉