Blade runner ... a helicopter over Lake Wakatipu.

The upper echelon

In the rarefied air of the Southern Alps, Craig Tansley visits an exclusive lodge where skiers get around in helicopters.

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Cool situations ... Onsen Spa at Dinner Plain.

Hot tubs in cold climes

Rachael Oakes-Ash looks at where winter adventurers can go to recover after a big day on the slopes.

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Choice stays ... Whare Kea Lodge and Chalet, Wanaka.

Rising stars

New Zealand's coterie of luxury lodges continues to grow, renovate and reinvent. Max Anderson reports.

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Below zero ... Queenstown Mall is at the centre of the South Island's off-snow action.

Best enjoyed chilled

Snow-capped mountains are just the start of the adventure in Queenstown, writes Debbie Neilson-Hunter.

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Wild ... the guesswork has been taken out of ski and boarding at Mount Ruapehu.

Tweet it from the mountains

Real-time reports, high-tech lift passes and smart ways to clock your speed: technology has officially arrived, writes Rachael Oakes-Ash.

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