What you need to know about skiing in the South Island

From wide open slopes for beginners to heli-skiing for the more experienced, the South Island has epic snow for everyone.

Epic snow for every level

Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt skifield, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Riding the Chairlift, New Zealand

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

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Learning to ski at Porters, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt ski field, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Wanaka
Treble Cone, Wanaka

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Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Check out more about Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt ski field

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!

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Proximity

Queenstown

Queenstown

Check out more about The Remarkables

The Remarkables ski field

The famous Remarkables range offers a true alpine experience for beginners and seasoned snow bunnies alike.

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Proximity

Queenstown

Queenstown

Check out more about Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak ski field

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

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Proximity

Wanaka

Wanaka

Check out more about Cardrona

Cardrona ski field

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 ski field

With a free surface lift for beginners to far-reaching boundaries for the more advanced, 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
Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Check out more about Porters

Porters ski field

The closest ski area to Christchurch, Porters has a short access road, fantastic learner slopes and a mountain of terrain for experts.

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Proximity

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Check out more about Mt Hutt

Highlights

  • Voted NZ's best ski resort
  • Skiable Area: 365 hectares
  • Elevation: 2086m
Wanaka

Wanaka

Find out more about Treble Cone

Highlights

  • Free beginner surface lift
  • Natural gullies and wide faces
  • Three licensed cafes

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.

  • Mt Hutt: 35 minutes from Methven, 90 minutes from Christchurch 
  • The Remarkables: 35 minutes from Queenstown
  • Treble Cone and Cardrona: 35 minutes from Wanaka
  • Coronet Peak: 20 minutes from Queenstown

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. 
  • 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.

FAQ

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

 Where are the best ski fields? 

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.

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. For the more adventurous, why not give heli skiing a go? 

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 Queenstown and Christchurch - Canterbury.  

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