Come here if the idea of snowboarding on a volcano gets your blood pumping. Within easy reach of geothermal wonderlands Lake Taupo and Rotorua, Mount Ruapehu has two commercial fields. The country’s largest ski field, Whakapapa, is well-known for big basins and wide runs. Turoa, an hour’s drive away, hosts a sweet freestyle terrain park and Australasia’s second largest vertical descent.
1.5 hours from Christchurch, is the Mt Hutt ski area. Known for its consistently good conditions and family-friendly facilities, it also features over 10,000m2 of terrain park for freestyling action. If boutique is more your thing, venture south to the Mackenzie region. Ohau, Roundhill and Mount Dobson combine supreme conditions with some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in New Zealand.
It’s here that New Zealand’s snow scene really rocks. A large choice of fields, spectacular mountain scenery and rich nightlife combine with an abundance of adventure activities. There are four resorts within a short distance of each other: Cardrona, Treble Cone, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. If you’re after the off-trail experience, check out the many heli-boarding operators.