Experienced skiing in New Zealand

A New Zealand ski holiday is all about finding early tracks, riding roller-coaster terrain and enjoying the buzzing apres-ski.

Winter at its peak

Queenstown
The Remarkables, Queenstown

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Ruapehu
Turoa Ski Area, Ruapehu

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Mt Hutt, Christchurch - Canterbury

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Queenstown
Coronet Peak, Queenstown

By Camilla Stoddart

Wanaka
Cardrona Alpine resort, Wanaka

By Lake Wanaka Tourism

Ruapehu
Whakapapa ski field, Ruapehu

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Christchurch - Canterbury
Tekapo Springs, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Queenstown
The Remarkables, Queenstown

By Miles Holden

The Remarkables, Queenstown

Turoa, Mt Ruapehu

Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Cardrona, Wanaka

Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu

Enjoy apres-ski

Treble Cone, Wanaka

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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Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Check out more about Turoa

Turoa, Mt Ruapehu

With New Zealand's longest ski season, there's plenty of time to explore Turoa's natural half pipes, chutes and back country.

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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 a 683-metre drop, four freestyle parks and 365 hectares waiting to be explored.

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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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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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Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Check out more about Whakapapa

WHAKAPAPA SKI FIELD

The volcanic terrain at Whakapapa promises exciting terrain of bumps, chutes and more. Plus, New Zealand's highest cafe.

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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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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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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, 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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