How to get the most out of your ski holiday

It's no secret that New Zealand is one of the best ski destinations in the world, but how can you get the most value out of your ski holiday?

It’s no secret that New Zealand is one of the best ski destinations in the world. However, as with any holiday, the costs can sometimes stack up when booking your trip. So here are some of the ways that you can get the most value out of your ski holiday at some of the biggest resorts in New Zealand.


Take advantage of lift passes
Almost all major ski resorts offer discounts for lift passes that are purchased online, in bulk or for longer periods of time. Take advantage of these discounts by purchasing your passes ahead of time.

Here are some examples of a few major ski resorts and the discounts they offer:

  • Mt Ruapehu: Adults can save around 30% by booking a two-day pass online, as opposed to buying two one-day passes.
  • Cardrona: Offers flexi passes at discounted prices. This means that you can ski for however many days you’ve paid for, within a certain time frame, without having to lock in specific days. Flexi passes are perfect for those who haven’t fully planned their week or would like the opportunity to spend time outside of the ski field.
  • Coronet Peak: You can purchase a six-day lift pass for the price of a 4.5-day pass. This could end up saving you around $140.

Consider purchasing a package
You can save hundreds of dollars by purchasing a ski package. Packages usually include lift passes and ski equipment hire, and will sometimes also include ski or snowboarding lessons as well. This is definitely worth considering for families, as they can often be purchased in bulk with an applicable multi-person discount.


Ski lessons
Private lessons are fairly expensive in most cases, but you can book into a group class for much less. You may not receive as much one-on-one time, but you’ll still have access to the same level of expertise. You could also double up on private lessons with family members for a lower cost per person, depending on how many hours the lesson is.


Try the off-peak season
Usually, accommodation, lift passes, ski lessons and equipment hire is cheaper when you travel outside of the peak season. Peak ski months are July and August, so any skiing you do outside of these months will probably be much more cost-effective. Also, it’s likely that the snow fields won’t be as crowded, which is perfect for learners. Just remember that the snow quality may not be as good as during the peak, colder months.


Ski travel insurance
Booking travel insurance for a ski holiday in New Zealand is always a good idea in case something goes wrong. Those booking their trip in advance have a higher chance of something unexpected popping up and causing their trip to be cancelled so it’s nice to have a safety net in place. Plus, snow sports can be dangerous and medical expenses can end up costing a lot. Travel insurance doesn’t have to be overly expensive and it’s essential in the event that a cancellation, issue or injury sees you at a financial loss. Compare policies online to get the best value.


Booking your accommodation well in advance is usually the best way to ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and that you get the best value. You could also consider accommodation options outside of traditional ski lodges or resorts, such as Airbnb or another aggregate accommodation website. Just make sure you compare hotel or lodge pricing to find the best deal. Many resorts will also offer complimentary or cheap shuttle buses to take you to and from the major ski fields if you end up staying further away from the action. If you’re willing to compromise on distance, this could lessen the price of your stay.


At the end of the day, you’re going to have a great trip, and with these tips, hopefully you’ll get even more value out of your holiday.

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