From wide open slopes for beginners to heli-skiing for the more experienced, the South Island has epic snow for everyone.

Epic snow for every level

The Remarkables, Queenstown


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The famous Remarkables range offers a true alpine experience for beginners and seasoned snow bunnies alike.

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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.


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.

  • Mt Hutt: 35 minutes from Methven, 90 minutes from Christchurch 
  • The Remarkables: 35 minutes from Queenstown
  • Treble Cone and Cardrona: 35 minutes from Wanaka
  • Coronet Peak: 20 minutes from Queenstown

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 accommodation. 
  • 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.


Before you pack your beanie and gloves, check out our list of must-knows for the southern snow by clicking 'read more'.

 Where are the best ski fields? 

Fly direct into Christchurch to ski the hidden gem club fields of Mt Hutt and Porters Ski Area (both 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. For the more adventurous, why not give heli skiing a go? 

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 Queenstown and Christchurch - Canterbury.  

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