Experience an unforgettable winter with epic slopes and alpine resorts on your New Zealand ski holiday.
New Zealand is also one the best places to experience skiing for the first time. There are qualified instructors at each of the South Island's resorts that offer both group and private lessons for skiing and snowboarding. There are ski shops in Queenstown, Wanaka and Methven that rent out all the equipment you need including boots, boards, skis, clothing and helmets. Or if you prefer to get your equipment on the mountain then all the resorts have ski hire too.
Not sure what to wear? Layers are best. A base layer, mid layer and outer layer or shell are good options as you can dress up or down depending on the temperature. Thermals are a must if you feel the cold and neck warmers to protect against the wind. Don’t forget sunscreen! The UV rays reflected off the snow are almost three times as strong as those reflected at the beach.
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From luxury lodges to backpacker hostels, there's accommodation for all budgets and travel styles.