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Queenstown vs Wanaka base for a season

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by Cat_Herder, Jan 12, 2021.

  1. Cat_Herder

    Cat_Herder Hard Yards

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    Tossing up between these two for the upcoming season (assuming I'm able to land a job) and was after the 2 cents of people here. Would really love to have Treble Cone as my main resort/employment, but based on past trips I think I'd prefer the bit more energetic vibe in Queenstown - which way would you guys go?

    Also, probably a very dumb question, but would living in Queenstown and commuting to TC be realistic in winter or just daft to try?
     
  2. ShavedBadger

    ShavedBadger Latte Sipper Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    In my 20's? Queenstown. Now (late 30's, kids/wife)? Arrowtown, then Wanaka.

    PS The commute to TC every day would be in the region of 90 minutes, without consideration given to snowy roads etc, I reckon 3 hours extra on top of the working day would be a monumental PITA.
     
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  3. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Depends on your priorities, skiing vs party vibe. If you want TC to be your main resort, then definitely Wanaka. Commuting to TC from Queenstown is certainly possible but would quickly be a PITA after a short time.
     
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  4. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    Wanaka, closer to better resorts and quieter.
     
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  5. Donzah

    Donzah Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Queenstown has issues finding accommodation for staff. Due to the myriad of adventure pursuits there.
     
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  6. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    That was going to be my comment!
     
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    As things stand you’ll be doing two weeks in quarantine when you arrive. As for commuting between QT to TC believe me you’ll grow sick of that commute very quickly. Driving long distance just to go skiing sucks big time.
     
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  8. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    And driving back sucks even more.
     
  9. kylep

    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Even on a week long trip, a few days of QT to TC gets old real quick. Wanaka also makes for a better trip to cardies. Other than the ski resorts it really depends on what you want your life to be. Most on the forum would probably err away from the energy of QT but that could be important to you
     
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    Donzah Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    As a employee. There is zero guarantee you'd be in QT Central anyway.
    Its prime real estate.
    Like many places in the world the seasonal workers end up in their own community.
     
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  11. Dumphfish

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    Wanaka's winter vibe is plenty energetic, every time over Qtown.
     
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  12. Red_switch

    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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  13. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    What driving?
    You could walk faster!
     
  14. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    looks quiet!
     
  15. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    In 2019 we stayed out south of Wanaka on the lake.
    House was old and cute and cheap and quiet.
    Like the NZ of 70s and 80s.
     
  16. Red_switch

    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    You can't really be south of Wanaka and on the lake.
     
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    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Unless Cromwell ;)
     
  18. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    Sorry administrative error , that should read north and on Lake Hawea.
     
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  19. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    What is it about Ophir? I like quirky places. It looks small and quiet - but a bit of a drive to anywhere, but also to lots of good places.

    edit: and in a life weirdness thing, today Insta shows me Mark Nichols' Valda Adventure Van on the Bridge at Ophir!
     
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  20. Red_switch

    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    You should go there. The Maniototo is great. Good ski touring nearby. No crowds (whatsoever). Good mtb at Naseby.
     
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  21. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'll put it on the (long) NZ list :D
    Have ridden at Alexandra - interesting riding, great country.
     
  22. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    Naseby is nice went mtbiking in 2014 should be much better now.
     
  23. craighelo

    craighelo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Instructor jobs for NZSKI and Cardrona/Treble Cone are open now
     
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  24. Billy Bob

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    Just had a look at the town of Lake Hawea on StreetView and it looks like a hidden gem, similar to QT or Wanaka scenery wise but without the crowds. I'm not a snow sports enthusiast- just a snow enthusiast. I'm a big fan of the lower South Island's scenery and climate.

    Wouldn't this all be contingent on the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, though?
     
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  25. rowdyflat

    rowdyflat One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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