Ski resorts in Queenstown and Wānaka cater for all levels of skier and snowboarder – from absolute beginner to accomplished pro.


As one of New Zealand’s adventure tourism hotspots, Queenstown is a gateway to countless thrills. In winter, the adrenaline-inducing activities of choice switch to skiing and snowboarding, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Here, you can ski by day and après-ski by night.

The Remarkables

If you’ll excuse a corny phrase, here’s what’s remarkable about The Remarkables. This resort has seven terrain parks, including a Bruton Stash Park (one of only six in the world). It has a legendry freeride zone (off-piste zone) and hosting rights for the annual Freeride World Tour. Plus, it is family-friendly – providing an even spread of graded runs along with a magic carpet for beginners.

Coronet Peak

If you’re an intermediate skier or rider who isn’t a fan of queueing, wants top-notch grooming and lift facilities, plus the option of skiing into the night, you’ve found your perfect match with Coronet Peak. What’s more, you’ll have the shortest drive from Queenstown to get here.


The pretty town of Wanaka is where all New Zealanders secretly want to live. It has 360-degree alpine views and a lake featuring the South Island’s most photographed crooked tree (#thatwanakatree). It’s also the hometown of Winter Olympic medallists Zoi Sadowski-Synnott and Nico Porteous.

From here, your closest ski fields are Treble Cone(opens in new window) and Cardrona(opens in new window). These resorts are where serious skiers and riders come to play – including the pros who follow the snow to this part of the world so they can train all year round.

But if you’re keen to avoid crowds, you have options. Soho Basin(opens in new window), a private ski field, and a host of heliskiing providers make backcountry skiing a safe and accessible choice.

Beginners and intermediate skiers and riders don’t stop reading, there is loads here for you, too.

Treble Cone

As far as terrain is concerned, Treble Cone is the most striking jewel in the crown. Of all the resorts in the region, it boasts the highest number of hectares and the highest proportion of black runs. 

Plus – as the resort’s promoters are keen to point out – Treble Cone has the best views. Not the most important consideration when choosing a ski field, but as New Zealand is the home of spectacular scenery it is noteworthy, nonetheless.


If you’re just learning the ropes, it might pay save Treble Cone for another time and make your way to Cardrona instead. The resort has a chondola, a combined lift of gondola cabins and chairs, which is easier to alight than a chairlift. Something to bear in mind if you’re out for the first time and you want to avoid any awkward scenes at the top of the mountain.

More experienced skiers and riders, there’s plenty here for you, too. The resort has an even spread of runs graded beginner through to expert and the southern hemisphere’s only Olympic-standard superpipe. If you want to see the pros at work, catch the Winter Games(opens in new window), which take place each August.

Soho Basin

This private ski field offers the ultimate skiing experience. By capping numbers at just a handful, it is best placed to provide the one thing skiers and riders really want: untouched power. 

Take to the slopes in Queenstown and Wānaka

Find places to stay in Queenstown

Find places to stay in Wānaka

Where to next?