New Zealand ski resorts are world class.


There are a range of New Zealand ski resorts spread over the North and South Islands.

Home to a wide variety of commercial and club ski fields, New Zealand has something to offer skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, with many of them on organized ski tours.





Here is some information on the most popular ones.

South Island

The South Island resorts are located in three main areas, Canterbury (Mt. Hutt near Methven), Queenstown (Coronet Peak and The Remarkables), and Wanaka (Cardrona and Treble Cone).

You can check out our range of South Island snow tours here.

North Island

The two main ski resorts on the North Island are Turoa and Whakapapa, both located on Mt. Ruapehu. These resorts are serviced by several towns such as Ohakune and Raetihi (20-30 minutes from Turoa) and Whakapapa Village and National Park Village (10-20 minutes from Whakapapa). The larger centre of Taupo is around 1 hour from Whakapapa and around 2 hours from Turoa.

View North Island ski tours here.

A Note About Accommodation

There is no on-mountain accommodation in New Zealand, but fear not! The New Zealand ski resorts detailed on this page are all within around 30 minutes drive from their associated resort towns.


Mt. Hutt (and service centre Methven)

Mt. Hutt is located high in the Southern Alps. Offering 365 skiable

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hectares, Mt. Hutt offers some of the lightest and driest powder available.

Mt. Hutt provides thrills for beginners and experts alike. There are lots of adrenalin charged runs on the South Face, giving extreme skiers and boarders a wide range of challenges. Wide open runs allow easy conditions for beginners with plenty of scope for you to develop your skills.

When conditions allow, back country skiing is available down North Peak. A helicopter drops you back at the car park.

Methven, the service town for Mt. Hutt, is located near the western edge of the Canterbury Plains, around 35 kilometres north of Ashburton. It's a rural service town for most of the year, but turns party town in winter. The Mt. Hutt ski field is about 30 minutes from Methven. Methven has a range of cafes, bars, restaurants and accommodation. Methven has a permanent population of around 1,500.

For all you Lord of the Rings fans, Methven was a base for the cast and crew during filming of Edoras (located further inland).


Coronet Peak and The Remarkables (and service centre Queenstown)

Coronet Peak has amazing views over Queenstown and the stunning Lake

Night skiing at Coronet Peak - with Haka Tour

Wakatipu. As the oldest and most developed ski area on New Zealand's South Island, Coronet Peak has a huge range of runs, with something to suit everyone. A wide, sun drenched field, it reaches out across a broad mountain. On field facilities are amongst the best in New Zealand, and Coronet Peak is designed so that you can make the most of your available on-mountain time.

Dedicated slopes are available for beginners, and for those with more experience, the long, expansive trails offer lots of choice. The vertical off the express quad and the rolling terrain with heaps of drops and dips gives lots of variety, so that there is never a dull moment.

Coronet Peak offers boarders a natural terrain park, with a seemingly endless range of powder stashes and hits.

Coronet Peak also offers New Zealand's only night skiing on selected nights.

The Remarkables is one of the most popular New Zealand ski resorts.

Spectacular views, powder snow, and broad open runs. That's what The Remarkables are famous for.

Skiing at The Remarkables with Haka Tours

Here you will experience terrain like never before, and for those willing enough, you will discover some of the best off-piste runs in New Zealand.

Set in a huge natural basin high in the ranges at the eastern end of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables offer a long and reliable ski season, bathed in sun thanks to its north facing aspect.

At 1935 metres, the Remarables are the highest ski field in Queenstown, and offer something for skiers of all levels. The Homeward Bound sweep is one of the most spectacular runs in New Zealand and should be top of your list.

If you are a learner looking for a New Zealand ski resort, then the Remarkables is the place for you. A great place for learners, the Remarkables has a series of sheltered bowls, all with chairlift access. Around 75% of the slopes are classified as beginner to intermediate. But for those with more experience, there are various challenging off-piste runs.

A new international standard Super Pipe, measuring 150m long by 22m wide, gives advanced riders and skiers plenty of thrills, and is three times the size of the current Sugar Bowl Basin terrain park. An expanded Xbox Terrain and Rail Park add to the allure of this great field, and make it one of the favourite New Zealand ski resorts.

Queenstown is the service centre for the New Zealand ski resorts of Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. It is a thriving, bustling town of around

Picture of Queenstown's historic TSS Earnslaw

15,000, and is often referred to as the "Adventure Capital" of New Zealand. Dedicated to the tourism industry, Queenstown has an enormous variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, and accommodation.

Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by towering snow covered mountains, Queenstown is a spectacular location, particularly in winter.

But Queenstown is not just another one of New Zealand ski resorts. Such is the variety of activities in and around Queenstown, it can truly be considered a year round destination.

For more information on the magic of Queenstown, have a look at our Queenstown activities page.


Treble Cone and Cardrona (and their service town Wanaka)

Cardrona ski field near Wanaka - visit it on a Haka Tour

Cardrona is one of the most popular New Zealand ski resorts. 320 hectares of spacious trails, steep chutes and amazing terrain parks mean that there is something for everyone at Cardrona.

An abundance of chair lifts give easy access and queues are seldom a problem. Three large basins provide room aplenty for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Cardrona's on-mountain facilities are comprehensive, with numerous cafes, a hire shop and a general store.

Cardrona hosts more than 20 national and international events each year.

If amazing alpine views are important, then Treble Cone is the place for you.

Ski Treble Cone with Haka Tours

It's position in the Southern Alps guarantees unbelievable views across Wanaka.

As the largest ski area on New Zealand's South Island, Treble Cone has a great range of thrilling snowboarding and skiing options. Three huge basins offer trails for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and ages. A dedicated learner area and lengthy, manicured trails will satisfy the beginner and intermediate skier. And for those with more experience, a selection of half pipes, advanced runs and ungroomed powder will put a smile on their face.

With New Zealand's fastest quad chairlift, Treble Cone gives you more runs per day than any other field in New Zealand. The saddle quad chairlift, gives you the highest lift-accessed trails, the longest groomed intermediate runs, and also the highest vertical drop anywhere on the South Island.

Famous for an abundance of dry powder, an average annual snowfall of 5.5 metres, and an average maximum snow depth of 3.25 metres, Treble Cone offers a reliable, lengthy season.

The stunning lakeside town of Wanaka is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

Situated on the shores of Lake Wanaka, the township has numerous accommodation options. A wide range of motels, apartments and hostels allows something for all budgets.

The township is also home to an extensive range of cafes, restaurants, and bars. Many of these offer views over the lake.


Mt Ruapehu (Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields)

Mt. Ruapehu is an active volcano located within the Tongariro National Park, on New Zealand's North Island. Two commercial ski fields are located on its slopes. Whakapapa is located on the northern side and Turoa is located on the southern side.

With the highest lift-accessed snow sport terrain of any New Zealand ski resort, and the longest vertical drop in Australasia, Mt Ruapehu is a special place.

Pronounced Faka-papa,

Ski Whakapapa on New Zealand's North Island with Haka Tours

Whakapapa is well known for first class beginner facilities. It also boasts around 30 groomed trails, plus a wide range of off-piste ski and snowboarding runs for advanced and intermediate skiers and boarders. Whakapapa has a double black diamond, lift accessed backcountry area (the pinnacles) which is used for extreme snowboarding and skiing competitions.

New Zealand's best Terrain Park is located at Turoa. It also holds

the honor of having Australasia's longest vertical drop, plus the highest lift in New Zealand.

Turoa's beginner area (Alpine Meadow) is located separately to the main area, giving beginners a safe place in which to learn.

Experienced snowboarders and skiers are well catered for with a wonderful range of terrain. Gullies, cliffs, open trails. It's all there. And for those looking for off-piste action, Turoa's two lift-accessed areas provide the perfect challenge.

Mt. Ruapehu provides skiers and snowboarders with some of the best conditions available at New Zealand ski resorts.

The Whakapapa and Turoa resorts are serviced by several towns such as Ohakune and Raetihi (20-30 minutes from Turoa) and Whakapapa Village and National Park Village (10-20 minutes from Whakapapa). The larger centre of Taupo is around 1 hour from Whakapapa and around 2 hours from Turoa.

Ohakune has developed into a thriving township and has a large range of cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and accommodation.

Whakapapa Village, National Park Village, and Raetihi all have a range of restaurants, bars, shops and accommodation.

Taupo is a larger service centre for North Island New Zealand ski resorts, with a wider range of facilities and accommodation.

Escorted Snow Packages

7 Day South Island Snow Safari Tour


From $1,799 NZD

Come and join us as we take you to 6 of the South Island's best ski fields. Mt Hutt, Ohau, Cardrona, Treble Cone, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are all on the itinerary for our adrenalin charged South Island adventure.

What's Included?

When you join us, we take the stress out of your week. Everything is provided to make sure that you can just relax and do what you came here for, have fun;

  • An incredible week of snow in the South Island's best ski destinations
  • All of your transport from field to field including transfers to each mountain
  • Daily lift passes for each of the six mountains
  • The service of an expert tour manager to help you improve your technique
  • Your tour is limited to just sixteen guests
  • Your accommodation with a maximum of six sharing (upgrades are available)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entry to the Lake Tekapo hot pools
  • If you select the Beginner Pack, lessons and equipment hire are included
  • If you select the Lift Pass + Hire Pack, equipment is included

Accommodation Upgrades

  • Private room upgrade $599. This is per room, so if two share, just split the upgrade cost
  • We can book you into our Christchurch lodge on the night before and/or after your tour
  • Or stay an extra night in Queenstown on Day seven. It's worth it. What an amazing town.
Vertical fun on the South Island - picture courtesy Haka Tours

Optional Activities for your spare day

On day five, you are free to enjoy the magic of Queenstown. It's the ideal opportunity to indulge in one or more of these great optional extras:

  • Go Heli-Skiing - half or full day available
  • Make the most of the conditions with an extra day on the slopes
  • Go wild on the famous Canyon Swing
  • Take in the amazing scenery the best way possible, with a sky dive
  • Bungy Jump - this is a must!
  • Ride the famous Shotover Jetboat
  • Visit NZ's most popular attraction, mystical Milford Sound an a full day tour and cruise
  • Or, just sit back and relax in Queenstown


12 Day South Island Snow Odyssey

From $2,999 NZD

If you're looking to get away from the major ski fields, then this is the trip for you, as we take you to a variety of the South Island's smaller boutique fields.

You will love places like Broken River, Craigeburn and Temple Basin.

Come and join us on this action packed adventure!

What's Included?

Your tour cost includes an amazing nine full day ski passes, for eight different ski fields:

  • Porter Heights, Mt Olympus, Temple Basin, Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Dobson, Ohau (x 2 days) and Treble Cone
  • Your quad share accommodation for 11 nights (with upgrades available)
  • The services of an experienced tour manager
  • A guided tour on each mountain
  • Transport and mountain transfers
  • Breakfasts - 2 cooked and 9 continental
  • Dinners on four nights
  • Maximum of 8 in your group
  • Nut crackers and rope tow gloves included

Accommodation Upgrades

  • Private room for $899 - per room so halve if two are sharing
Haka Tours Cardrona Resort

Optional activities available

  • Go Heli-skiing in Wanaka
  • Take a fully guided back country day trip
  • Include your ski or board hire for 12 days
  • Transfers from airport
  • A range of other optional activities at Wanaka and Lake Tekapo
  • Add extra days at Queenstown or Wanaka


7 Day Ultimate Heli Tour

From $6,999 NZD

This could very well be New Zealand's best Heli Ski adventure!

Covering seven days and three different mountain ranges, your adventure takes you well away from the commercial runs to some serious back country.

If you're looking for some of the deepest and longest heli runs this side of the equator, then this is the tour for you!

What's Included?

We've packed a lot into this tour so that you are free to just hit the slopes:

  • Seven days in some of the South Island's best heli skiing locations - Mount Cook, Wanaka, Methven and Queenstown
  • The services of an expert guide
  • Your transport, including mountain and heli transfers
  • Three action packed days heli-skiing or boarding, including lunch
  • One day guided back country skiing or boarding at Wanaka's stunning Treble Cone
  • One day Mt Hutt with option to upgrade to heli skiing
  • Six nights accommodation, three plus star, in a private room with ensuite
  • Six hearty cooked breakfasts
  • Two delicious dinners at Mount Cook
  • Your tour is limited to just 8 guests
Haka Tours snow boarders

Optional Extras

  • Ski and board hire for the week
  • Day two heli upgrade available
  • Half day Ohau on day four depending on conditions
  • Queenstown heli day on day seven
  • Some great activities in Queenstown, the "Adventure Capital" on day seven
  • Spend extra days in either Wanaka or Queenstown after the tour


4 Day Queenstown Snow Fix

From $999 NZD

Looking for a short break in one of the world's premium adventure towns?

Your four day Queenstown package gives you three days skiing or boarding in the stunning Southern Lakes region, with time to enjoy everything that this awesome location offers.

And to make it even better, you stay at Haka's very own upmarket lodge in the heart of Queenstown. Close to the bars, pubs and restaurants, it's the perfect base from which to enjoy your adventure.

No need for you to organize a thing. We do it for you. And we can cater for skiiers and boarders of all skill levels.

So don't be shy, come and join us. A great time is guaranteed.

What's Included?

  • Your airport transfers to/from Haka Lodge
  • The services of an experienced local guide
  • Your breakfast each day
  • Stay at our cosy welcoming lodge and enjoy some mulled wine and chocolate fondue
  • Enjoy a free cocktail
  • A shared dinner
  • Transport each day - sit back and enjoy the scenery
  • Four nights accommodation at Haka Lodge max six sharing, but upgrades available
  • Three lift passes to three stunning mountains - Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona
  • Good quality hire gear

Accommodation Upgrade

Upgrade your accommodation to a private room for $399 - add this as you build your tour. The price is per room, so if there are two you, you can split the cost.

Stay with us in Queenstown the night before and/or after the tour at Haka Lodge, which is in the heart of Queenstown

Haka Tours three boarders

Optional Extras

Queenstown is rightly known as the "Adventure Capital". This vibrant resort sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is an adrenalin junkies heaven. While you're here it makes sense to experience as much as you can and we are happy to arrange any add-on activities that you choose. You can book these before your tour, or they can be arranged by your guide on tour. Here's a selection:

  • Swing out over a massive canyon (you know you want to!)
  • Go sky diving over the Remarkables for breathtaking views
  • Heard about the jetboats? It's time to try one for yourself
  • Queenstown is "bungy central". It's an amazing thrill
  • Paraglide over some of the most stunning country on the planet



Build your own Self Drive Snow Package

New Zealand's stunning terrain is home to many world class ski fields. From the North Island's volcanic peaks to the South Island's feature packed resorts, New Zealand has something for skiers and boarders of all skill levels.

We can build you the perfect snow package focusing on your exact needs, and can include lift passes, gear hire, car hire, accommodation and even selected activities. You tell us!

Just fill out and submit the Enquiry Form and we will be in touch.



Night skiing at Coronet Peak - picture courtesy Haka Tours


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