What 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 diverse range of world-class ski areas fit for every level.

Experience a ski holiday in New Zealand, where you come for top-quality snow and a diverse range of world-class ski areas fit for every level.

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

Winter at its peak

Christchurch - Canterbury
Methven , Christchurch - Canterbury

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Wanaka
Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island., Wanaka

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Queenstown
Queenstown nightlife, Queenstown

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New Zealand
Skiing The Remarkables in Queenstown, New Zealand

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Mt Ruapehu

Mt Hutt, Christchurch-Canterbury

Enjoy the apres-ski

Cardrona, Wanaka

Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Treble Cone, Wanaka

There's lots to see and do

The Remarkables, Queenstown

Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu has two ski fields: Whakapapa and Turoa

MT RUAPEHU

Learn to ski at NZ's premier beginner's area Happy Valley, Whakapapa. With 4x carpets, a double chair and two elevators - there's something for everyone!

Proximity

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Check out more about Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt

Voted New Zealand's Best Ski Resort, Mt Hutt has wide open terrain suitable for all ski and snowboard ability levels.

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Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Discover sweeping plains, soaring mountains and lakes.

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

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Wanaka

Wanaka

Find out more about Cardrona

CARDRONA

With the longest scheduled snow season in the South Island, Cardrona is one of New Zealand's best ski fields.

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Check out more about Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak

The closest mountain to Queenstown, the varied trails offer something for everyone, including night skiing at the weekends.

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Wanaka

Wanaka

Check out more about Treble Cone

Treble Cone

With a free surface lift for beginners to far-reaching boundaries for uncrowded skiing, Treble Cone promises plenty of legendary powder.

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Proximity

  • By car: 20 mins from Wanaka
  • By car: 1 hour 30 mins from Queenstown
  • By bus: Shuttles go from Queenstown and Wanaka
Queenstown

Queenstown

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

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Find out more about The Remarkables

THE REMARKABLES

The Remarkables range is famous for its wide-open slopes, sweeping views and friendly atmosphere.

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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 areas. 

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 gems 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 beginners and experts?

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.

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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