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New Zealand is the perfect place to learn to ski, and there are so many more activities to enjoy.
Learn to Ski - Mount Hutt - Canterbury
Voted NZ's Best Ski Resort in 2015 and 2016, Mount Hutt is one of New Zealand's largest ski areas, with some of the best natural snow around, and oodles of wide open terrain for all ski and snowboard levels. With its Magic Carpet lift for beginners, excellent snow school, and free skiing for kids 10 years and younger, Mount Hutt is a great option for families. Intermediate skiers will be spoilt for choice here, and there's some seriously challenging off-piste areas and advanced runs - we love The Towers, a rock formation at the top of the field. Make time to play on one of the four terrain parks, and if you want heavenly views, hike to the summit to see across the Canterbury Plains to the ocean beyond.
You'll never forget this experience — soak in the magical mountain views, the fresh brisk air in your lungs, your kart gliding behind your friendly, fit dog team, as they weave you through the snow-clad high country trails. With time on our side, we have the ability to really learn about the gear and dogs. Starting with an introduction to the dogs and some instruction on how to drive a dog team you will very quickly progress to where you get to drive your own team, which will be your ride to our night's accommodation. A picturesque set backcountry hut is our accommodation for the night, where we will feed the dogs and bed them down. After the dogs are settled we will enjoy a meal in the comfort of our hut before undertaking an amazing night-time dog sledging experience — the thrill of sledging under the stars with just the moon and your headlamp to light the way.
Aston Martin on Ice near Queenstown
Every year, Aston Martin brings its luxury On Ice driving experience to New Zealand. The event offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to drive a range of Aston Martin models at the purpose-built Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground. Enjoy bespoke snow and ice-driving programmes under the tutelage of professional driving instructors, gourmet dining in the company of Aston Martin experts, fireside lunches, and exclusive luxury accommodation at Queenstown's Millbrook Resort.
Get off piste at Ohau - Canterbury
When planning New Zealand ski holidays, people often overlook Ohau. This fairly unknown gem is quite small at around 125 hectares, but there are far fewer crowds, so the 'hectare to skiier' ratio is excellent - you don't have to share all that fresh powder with people! While it has a few groomed runs, most of the terrain is off-piste.
Get your wild on skiing at Treble Cone - Wanaka
Treble Cone, in the Lake Wanaka area, is often regarded as the best ski field in New Zealand. It's also the largest ski area (550 hectares), boasts the longest vertical drop (770 metres!), has the highest number of black runs, and has the highest recorded average snowfall of all ski fields in New Zealand. The terrain here is epic (only 10% of the landscape is beginner-level, and the black runs are considered more challenging than the average black run elsewhere in New Zealand and Australia), and the scenery is equally epic.
Snow Park - Wanaka
After the thrill and challenge of Treble Cone, let yourself loose on Snow Park New Zealand, also in Wanaka. Snow Park is the ultimate freestyle mecca for skiers and snowboarders alike. There's a laid-back kiwi vibe here, an excellent range of food and drink, and you can watch some of the world's top riders training and competing.
The freestyle features include jumps, rails, boxes, wall rides and New Zealand's only quarter pipe and pristine super pipe. Plus, with its cutting-edge snowmaking system and meticulous standards, the terrain is maintained on an almost hourly basis.
Explore true backcountry New Zealand on a thrilling Snow Mobile tour. Board your chopper for an exhilarating short flight across the Remarkables Mountain Range, over the Hector Mountains and across the Nevis River Valley, where you land at the base of the Garvie Mountains.
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