Kiwis flock to ski slopes with Australia on the menu

Blocked from accessing many options across the moat, New Zealanders flock to the southern ski slopes.

As the two-week school vacation begins today, options for a break in Australia have been hit hard by the Covid-19 outbreak in New South Wales and some cases in Queensland.

New figures from Bachcare, New Zealand’s largest vacation home management company, show last-minute domestic bookings quickly made up for gaps left by Australian tourists unable to travel to that country due to breaks in the travel bubble.

According to the data, Queenstown and Wanaka are at 90% of their capacity and Arrowtown is at 88% – as national interest in skiing during school holidays increases.

Bachcare spokeswoman Zaina Razzaq said they managed to resell almost all canceled reservations in June.

She said that as a result, their sales projections indicate this ski season will be 15% better than forecast.

“We can see from our analysis of bookings this year that the July school holidays are all about skiing and that the domestic market has shifted significantly to ski areas compared to last year. “

Wanaka’s bookings are up 74% from the holiday period last year. Queenstown bookings increased by 37% and those in Arrowtown by 42%. Ohakune in the North Island saw a 20% increase in bookings, she said.

Ms Razzaq said other parts of the country could feel the impact of rising interest in skiing.

“ With sales of ski accommodation so strong, other regions were not as popular as last year. ”

The only exception was Marlborough, where bookings increased 63%.

The Queenstown-Wanaka area ski slopes were swollen with snow this week with more scheduled for the weekend.

Snow was also forecast for next week.

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