A New Zealand ski holiday is all about finding early tracks, riding roller-coaster terrain and enjoying the buzzing apres-ski.
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.
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Staying on the South Island? Fly direct into Christchurch to ski the hidden gem, Mt Hutt, (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.
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.