All you need to know about skiing in New Zealand

Experience a ski holiday in New Zealand, where you come for top-quality snow and a range of world-class ski areas on alpine and volcanic terrains.

Experience a ski holiday in New Zealand, where you come for top-quality snow and a range of world-class ski areas on alpine and volcanic terrains.

There's plenty to see and do from immersing yourself within nature, surrounding yourself with pure adventure, and tasting the flavours of the region. All making a ski holiday in New Zealand, the best winter you'll ever experience. 

Winter at its peak

Queenstown
Queenstown nightlife, Queenstown

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Mt Ruapehu

The Remarkables, Queenstown

Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Cardrona, Wanaka

Treble Cone, Wanaka

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Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Ski Mt Ruapehu's two ski fields, Whakapapa and Turoa

Mt Ruapehu

With New Zealand's longest ski season there's plenty of time for skiing, sledding and sightseeing at Mt Ruapehu's two ski fields.

Proximity

  • By car: Turoa: 20 mins from Ohakune
  • By car: Whakapapa: 1 hour 15 mins from Taupo
  • By bus: Shuttle buses run from nearby towns
Queenstown

Queenstown

Check out more about The Remarkables

THE REMARKABLES

The famous Remarkables range offers a true alpine experience with roller-coaster runs and plenty of off-piste terrain to explore.

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Proximity

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Check out more about Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt ski area

Voted New Zealand's best ski resort, Mt Hutt has a 683-metre drop, four freestyle parks and 365 hectares waiting to be explored.

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Proximity

Queenstown

Queenstown

Check out more about Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak

The closest mountain to Queenstown, Coronet Peak opens early for first tracks and offers night-skiing on the weekend.

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Proximity

Wanaka

Wanaka

Check out more about Cardrona

Cardrona

Cardrona has superb, wide terrain spread across three main basins and New Zealand's only cabin-style ski lift 'The McDougall's Chondola'.

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Proximity

Wanaka

Wanaka

Check out more about Treble Cone

TREBLE CONE

Treble Cone is the South Island's largest ski area with a leg-burning, but thrilling, 4-kilometre run.

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Proximity

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Bathe in heated glacial waters at Tekapo Springs

Discover Tekapo

A winter holiday is about so much more than skiing. Find things to do in Canterbury.

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Queenstown

Queenstown

An adult's playground, you'll never be bored in Queenstown.

DISCOVER TOP EXPERIENCES QUEENSTOWN

Check out the top eight experiences in Queenstown.

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It's easy to get to the slopes

Driving in winter is easy, just hire a car and set off at your own pace. Or, if you don't fancy driving, just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on one of the many shuttle buses that will bring you straight to the ski field.

Drive

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.

Shuttle bus

  • Hop on one of the regular shuttle buses that run to and from the town centre or pay a little extra and get picked up from your accomodation (not all ski fields offer this service). 
  • For more information on buses to and from Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt, click here. Find out more about getting to Cardrona here, and for Treble Cone, click here. For shuttles to and from Mt Ruapehu, click here.

FAQ

Before you pack your beanie and gloves, check out our list of must-knows by clicking 'read more'.

 Where are the best ski fields? 

Staying on the North Island? Buy one lift pass to access two ski fields - Whakapapa and Turoa - and tell your friends you skied on a volcano!

Staying on the South Island? Fly direct into Christchurch to ski the hidden gem fields of Mt Hutt and Porters Ski Area (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. For smaller ski fields, why not try Ohau, Soho Basin or Wanaka Snow Farm?

What are they like for experienced skiers? 

New Zealand has some incredible ski areas to suit all levels of abilities. Check out some expert tips for the Queenstown and Wanaka areas, and for Christchurch and Canterbury

How much is a mountain pass?

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.

What else is there to do apart from ski?

Explore wineries, epic film locations, adventure activities or spoil yourself with a trip to a spa. Check out the top experiences in the North IslandQueenstown and Christchurch - Canterbury.  

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