Ski the South Island

10 Days


Christchurch to Central Queenstown


  • Queenstown
  • Mt Hutt
  • Tekapo

Best time of year

June - September

Heaps of skiing and loads of spectacular scenery are on offer with this itinerary, which can also be reversed. Ride or ski pristine snow at all the ski areas, no matter what level skier you are.

If you’ve never tried skiing at night, Coronet Peak is the place to do it. You’ll be awe-struck by the night sky that blankets Tekapo.  Relax and kick back in Wanaka or get to know the locals in Methven.


Night skiing at Coronet Peak, Queenstown

Photo by Camilla Stoddart

Day 8 / 10

Night skiing at Coronet Peak

1 hr

7 mins

71 km

44 mi


After a leisurely morning drive approximately one hour across the Crown Range to Queenstown.

Pop into Amisfield Bistro for lunch. Amisfield hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their April 2014 visit of New Zealand. Alternatively explore the former gold mining settlement of Arrowtown, with its quaint buildings and old-time charm.

Gear-up in the afternoon for night skiing* at Coronet Peak. Coronet Peak is the closest ski area to Queenstown (only 25 minutes drive up a paved/sealed road) and it is here you can ski literally from dawn to dusk.

Watch the pristine afternoon sky transform itself into glorious hues of pinks before the sun sets and the night lights come on. More than 80 new lights were recently added to increase the night skiing area by 4km, and there's a new Park after Dark freestyle run with boxes, rails and airbag.  Dine on the deck and enjoy the evening atmosphere.

*Tip:  Night ski runs on Friday and Saturday nights only, from early July until mid-September. Night skiing lift passes run from 4pm – 9pm, or you can pick up a Twilight pass for access from 12.30pm – 9.00pm.

Lake Wanaka township

Start in Wanaka town

A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka’s picture-perfect location and easy access to the outdoors makes it the ultimate base for your holiday.

Bungy, Queenstown

End in Central Queenstown

Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone.

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