From wide open slopes for beginners to heli-skiing for the more experienced, the South Island has epic snow for everyone.
Voted New Zealand's Best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt has wide open terrain suitable for all ski and snowboard ability levels. Plus kids 10 and under ski for free!Find out more
Check out more about Cardrona
Cardrona has superb, wide terrain spread across three main basins and New Zealand's only cabin-style ski lift 'The McDougall's Chondola'.Find out more
Check out more about Treble Cone
With a free surface lift for beginners to far-reaching boundaries for the more advanced, Treble Cone promises plenty of legendary powder.Find out more
Check out more about Porters
The closest ski area to Christchurch, Porters has a short access road, fantastic learner slopes and a mountain of terrain for experts.Find out more
Every ski field is accessible by car and driving yourself means you can arrive or leave whenever you want. For more information on driving in winter, click here.
Before you pack your beanie and gloves, check out our list of must-knows for the southern snow by clicking 'read more'.
Fly direct into Christchurch to ski the hidden gem club fields of Mt Hutt and Porters Ski Area (both just over an hour from the airport) or base yourself in Queenstown and discover The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Drive a little further towards the stunning Lake Wanaka and you'll find Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields.
Whether you're a beginner or expert, there's snow to suit everyone. Skiing in New Zealand is above the tree line so expect wide open alpine bowls of snow. For the more adventurous, why not give heli skiing a go?
The average lift pass price for a day on the hill ranges from around NZ$65 in the club fields to NZ$100 at the more commercial fields. You can hire ski gear in the towns or on the mountain.