What you need to know about skiing in New Zealand

Whether you choose the snowy peaks of the North Island or the wide-open plains of the South, there's something for everyone in New Zealand.

Winter at its peak

Ruapehu
Whakapapa, Ruapehu

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt ski area, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Wanaka
Treble Cone, Wanaka

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Queenstown
Coronet Peak, Queenstown

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Methven , Christchurch - Canterbury

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Queenstown
Queenstown nightlife, Queenstown

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Tekapo Springs, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu

Mt Hutt

Turoa, Mt Ruapehu

Treble Cone

Coronet Peak

Enjoy the apres-ski

There's lots to see and do

Soak in hot pools

Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Check out more about Whakapapa

Whakapapa

Learn to ski in Happy Valley, or sip a hot chocolate in New Zealand's highest cafe, Knoll Ridge.

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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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Proximity

  • By car: 1 hour from Christchurch Airport
  • By car: 35 mins from Methven
  • By bus: Shuttles go from Methven and Christchurch
Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Check out more about Turoa

TUROA

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

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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 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

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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Proximity

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Discover Top Experiences in Canterbury

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

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Queenstown

Queenstown

Discover Top Experiences Queenstown

There's lots to see and do in Queenstown

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Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

DISCOVER TEKAPO

For off-piste fun, check out our top experiences in Canterbury.

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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 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.

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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Where to next?

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