3 top South Island slopes for snow

The South Island is one of the world's best snow destinations. Read on to find out about the best slopes in the South Island for skiing and snowboarding.

The South Island of New Zealand is known for a lot of things: the scenery, the friendly folks, the thrilling adventure activities and the awesome snow. There are a lot of world-class ski slopes in the South Island, which makes it a great place to visit for your next ski holiday.

Here are three of the six slopes we visit on our 7 Day South Island Snow Safari here at Haka Tours:

Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt is one of New Zealand’s largest ski fields and a local favourite. It is said that if you follow the locals to their favourite spots, that you will find the best of the best. Mt Hutt is the skiing location of choice for Christchurch residents, and that is no accident.

Mt Hutt is located high in the Southern Alps, and it receives some of the driest and lightest powder in the whole of Australasia. It’s a large slope (365 skiable hectares) and with its awesome terrain and lessons, this is a great slope for both beginners and seasoned powder hounds alike.


Ohau is a mountain that prides itself on catering from skiers of all abilities and ages. It has snow ratings of 20% beginner, 50% intermediate and 30% for advanced skiers. This variation makes it great for mixed groups and lets everyone enjoy the slopes.

The highest peak is 1,924 metres and there is a fun 400 metre vertical fall via ‘The Boulevard’ to the base of the mountain. It is a safe, wide ride for beginners that is just adventurous enough to get the blood pumping. Intermediates have plenty of choice with the zig-zag “Luge” and expert skiers will have their hands fall with the ‘Escalator’ and the ‘High Traverse’.

Treble Cone

The one word that comes to mind when describing Treble Cone, is jaw-dropping. It is often referenced as one of the most beautiful scenic resorts in the world, sitting in the heart of the Southern Alps. It looks down across the charming lakeside town, Wanaka.

Treble Cone is the largest ski slope in the South Island. It is spread out over three large basins, and it has trails that are suitable for all abilities and ages. Their quad chairlift is the fastest in New Zealand, meaning you can pack in more runs per day than anywhere else in the country. The saddle quad chairlift offers the highest lift-accessed terrain and vertical drop in the whole of the South Island!

Every year, thousands of tourists worldwide make a trip to New Zealand to visit the slopes. Looking at these fields, it is no wonder. Fantastic snow, great runs and beautiful scenery makes New Zealand one of the leading skiing locations in the world. If you are interested in the South Island Snow Safari, then be sure to check us out today - or watch the video above.


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