Queenstown & Wanaka Ski Fields - On Snow Lessons and Childcare

Queenstown or Wanaka ski lessons and childcare on the mountain

QT and Wanaka ski childcare

On-Snow Lessons and Childcare

Find out about Queenstown or Wanaka ski lessons and childcare on the mountain.  How to ski with the kids and what childcare facilities are availabe at the ski resorts around Queenstown and Wanaka.

We give you the updates on how much it costs for childcare at the ski resort and how much lessons are for children of different ages. Note, prices are based on last winter so these may be updated at any time.

Cardrona Alpine Resort


One, central location for all kids' facilities with Ski Kindy for littlies and The Den for older kids.

Ski Kindy (3 months-5 years) 

Fully-licensed Early Childhood Centre, with highly experienced and qualified teachers, sleep and infant areas, activities, meals plus snow exploration and under 5s lessons in our outdoor play zone.
Full day care - 3 months - 5 years $130
Full day care +1 hour private lesson: $199
Full day care +3 hours of group lessons: $210

Half day care is available for walk-up bookings only and will be based on availability on the day.  Book in advance to secure your space; waitlist available.

Kids' Snow Sports School (5 years and over)

First Timer Package from $153 for one day package – learner conveyor pass, one ride on McDougall's Chondola, rental equipment & full day of group lessons.
Private lessons: from $240 (1.5 hours)

Kids' Ski and Snowboard Group Lessons

Great for kids who want to improve, have fun and make friends!  Group lessons run for the full day from 10.30am - 3.45pm, with a 45 minute lunch break at 1pm.
For Ages: 5 years+ for skiers and 7 years+ for snowboarders.
Full day of group lessons: $130
Note : Rental available but not included in lesson prices, lift pass is free for under 6 year olds.  Lift pass required to be purchased for 6+ years.  Package options available.


Skiwees & Lowriders

Skiwees (skiers aged 5-12 years) and Lowriders (snowboarders aged 7-12 years) are 4-day camps with drop-off at 8.30am and pick up at 4pm.
Includes lessons with the same group and instructor, a hot lunch every day and hot chocolate breaks to keep energy levels up!

Based out of The Den in Snow Sports HQ, we have groups for all ages and ability levels.  The groups start skiing and riding from 9.30am, but feel free to use the Den any time from 8.30am every morning to get your kids ready.

Note: lift pass not included.

Ride Tribe Cardrona and Ride Tribe Minis

Six week programme for intermediate/advanced skiers & snowboarders, with the same instructor (BYO lunch)  from $335 (early bird) to $419 (main season and waitlist).
Packages available to include lift passes & rentals.




Coronet Peak


Skiwiland - My First Ski School is a fully licensed Early Learning Centre that caters for children aged from two to five years. Our learning experiences are informed by the NZ ECE curriculum and we offer a range of experiences to build confidence that includes playing in the snow and even skiing.

KIWI KIDS ( 2- 5 years) If your child is not ready to ski, Kiwi Kids provides safe and fun childcare. A mix of supervised indoor fun and playtime in the snow. Full day options includes lunch. Price $159, reservations essential.

SKIWI KIDS (3- 5 years) Enthusiastic instructors ensure early snow experiences are fun, includes a ski lesson in small groups in our dedicated area, plus lots of fun indoor and outdoor activities. Full day option includes lunch. Ski, boot and helmet hire included. Price $209, reservations essential.

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The Remarkables

We offer a range of lesson options for children ranging from 4 to 17 years. Our Starter Package is suited for first timers and our lift, lesson and rental caters for children from 4 and up. If you're looking for more advanced coaching see our Performance and Private Coaching options.

Other services:   

Mountain Holiday Kids five-day programmes.  Runs in school holidays. 

For bookings, prices and more information visit www.nzski.com     
Freephone 0800 697 547

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Snow Farm 


Casual lessons are available daily for children and adults.
Casual lessons just for your family! Experience cross country skiing together for the first time.


The Snow Farm Academy is the perfect way for your child to have fun, make friends, and develop new skills. The academy accommodates a full range of abilities from beginners to those wanting to be competitive. 

All participants in any of our youth programs will be able to purchase a Youth Seasons pass for $50 with an additional $49 for rentals if required; family pass options are also available to participants’ families.


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Our favourite destinations…


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.