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Early Snow Kick Starts First Mountain Activity for the 2015 Winter Season

Media Release from Ngāi Tahu Tourism

1 June 2015

The first snowfall that blanketed Queenstown and the surrounding areas last Monday created the opportunity for the snowshoeing season to start on 1 June as scheduled.

NZ Snowshoeing Operations Supervisor Sebastian Thomas said "It's a bit of a coup for us that the first tracks put down in the snow this year were by snowshoers. The guests and agents today were almost as excited about the awesome early snow as us guides!"

The first day of the NZ Snowshoeing calendar started strongly with two separate trips. One of the couples from the morning trip, Shiva  Chunduru and Pavan Annapragada from Singapore, said they had “an amazing experience, after reading about this on trip advisor we changed our plans and flew back to Queenstown and it was well worth it!".

Stephen Langdale who was on the afternoon trip with his wife Adele were visiting Queenstown from Brisbane said "Adele has never seen snow so we were really pleased to have extended our stay to do this trip, the guides were great and we really enjoyed the banter and sense of comeraderie!"

NZ Snowshoeing believes ‘If you can walk, you can snowshoe’. Your adventure is led by a knowledgeable guide who provides you with specialist equipment. Operations Supervisor Sebastian Thomas says “gone are the days of tennis racket style snowshoe that many people imagine, in their place are small and lightweight snowshoes made from the high tech’, slim line snowshoes, which let you feel as if you are floating across the snow. They are easy to use. Anybody with a moderate level of fitness can enjoy a trip and enjoy our unique sense of intrepid exploration.”

NZ Snowshoeing offers half and full day trips and if you prefer more remote locations a heli-snowshoeing trip is also available. The season will run through until the snow runs out. Trips start from $147 per person.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism acquired NZ Snowshoeing on 1 April 2015 together with Guided Walks New Zealand.

Shiva Chunduru and Pavan Annapragada

1. Shiva Chunduru and Pavan Annapragada from Singapore celebrate the first NZ Snowshoeing trip of the season with bubbles at Lake Alta