Ski New Zealand - Resort Information
Over millions of years, Mother Nature created the perfect setting for New Zealand's
In the South Island, the Southern Alps run for over 500
kilometres through the centre of the island. With numerous peaks
towering over 3,000 metres in height, the Southern Alps are dotted with
several world class fields.
And in New Zealand's North Island,
which is the tallest of several volcanoes, towers to almost 2,800 metres above sea level.
When Are New Zealand Ski Fields Open?
Most fields open in mid to late June and the season runs to late
September or early October, depending on conditions. This four month
window allows you plenty of time to enjoy the best of New Zealand's
Facilities are regularly upgraded, and conditions range from
"easy" for beginners, to "extreme" for experienced skiiers and
snowboarders. Many fields have dedicated areas for learners, whilst
those longing to really test themselves can take advantage of several
remote areas able to be accessed only by helicopter.
And don't forget that New Zealand's resort towns offer a wonderful range of facilities to keep you occupied at day's end.
Bars, restaurants, and
shops are all keen to offer quality service and products, and are
really focussed on providing you with an experience to remember during
your ski New Zealand adventure.
New Zealand's North Island has several ski resorts, but the
majority are located on the South Island. Both islands have a range of
commercial fields and smaller club fields, giving value for money to
Skifields are located at:
Tukino (club skifield),
Manganui (club skifield)
Fox Peak (club skifield),
Hanmer Springs Ski Area (club skifield),
Mount Potts (heliskiing and snowcatting only),
Tasman Glacier (Heliski),
Temple Basin (club skifield),
Broken River (club skifield),
Craigieburn Valley (club skifield),
Mount Cheeseman (club skifield),
Mount Olympus (club skifield),
Invincible Snowfields (helicopter access only),
Cardrona Alpine Resort,
Snow Farm (cross-country skiing only),
Mt Ruapehu, located in the central North Island, is said to house New
Zealand's largest and highest fields.
Here you can ski a volcano on two ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa. Here the season runs from mid June to mid October.
Whakapapa is proud of it's reputation for having the best
beginners' facilities, including a dedicated slow-moving chairlift, a
ski school, rental area and cafe. Experienced skiers rave about the
variety of intermediate and advanced runs and the two thrilling lift
accessed back country fields.
Turoa has a wide choice of groomed trails, the country's only
lift-accessed glacial skiing, three terrain parks, and a 4 km long run.
Also on offer are on mountain childcare facilities and a great area for
Christchurch and Canterbury
The lovely garden city of
is located on the central east coast of New Zealand's South Island.
It's the perfect place to start your ski New Zealand holiday, with easy
access to the the various Canterbury fields. With a distinctly English
feel, Christchurch is a thriving city with plenty to see and do.
South of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains lead you to the
resort town of Methven. Further south are the bubbling, thriving resorts
both offering world class fields, and absolutely stunning scenery.
About 1 hours drive from Christchurch, is Methven. Snow covered alps and beautiful valleys surround Methven,
your stop off point for Mount Hutt. A wonderful range of facilities
make Methven the perfect base for your South Island ski adventure.
Mt Hutt boasts 472 skiable hectares. A wide variety of terrain,
deep snow, and long seasons make it an excellent choice for both
families and serious skiers and snowboarders. The recent completion of a
Mini Terrain Park allows an easy transition from novice to intermediate
is one of those rare places that will take your breath away. Towering peaks, a stunning lake, and a thriving community make
Queenstown the perfect base
for your ski New Zealand holiday. Often referred to as the "Adventure
Capital" of New Zealand, Queenstown is a non stop destination with a
huge range of bars, restaurants, shops,
and accommodation to suit all tastes. And the nearby Remarkables and
Coronet Peak fields allow some of the best ski and snowboarding
conditions available in New Zealand.
The Remarkables offer skiers three large sunny areas and amazing
vistas of the Southern Alps. A North facing aspect and great conditions
make the Remarkables one of the best places to learn in the Southern
Hemisphere. A creche and children's centre caters for kids from 3 months
to 17 years, making the Remarkables a superb choice for families. The
three terrain parks include a beginner's park, plus the only Burton
Stash in the Southern Hemisphere.
Coronet Peak offers wide runs, steeps and deeps, and back bowls
for the skilled. It's the choice of locals, and has the largest
snowmaking system in the Southern Hemisphere, offering a quality
experience for skiiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Coronet is a
mere 20 minute drive from Queenstown and is a "must do" on your ski New
Zealand holiday. And to top it all off, night skiing is available on
Friday & Saturdays.
And if you are after the ultimate skiing experience, why not try
heli skiing and boarding, which allows access to the best remote and
pristine areas in New Zealand.
Around 1 hours drive over the Crown Range from Queenstown sits
a stunning, lakeside town. Wanaka (Wan-a-ka) is the base for four world class ski and snowboard resorts.
Cardrona is admired for its spacious groomed slopes, family friendly
facilities and terrain parks.
The Captain's Basin high-speed chairlift gives you more time on the slopes, and less queue time.
On the Pisa Range sit Snow Farm and Snow Park NZ. Snow Park is
the Southern Hemisphere’s only dedicated freestyle resort for boarders
and skiers. Snow Farm offers an amazing 55kms of groomed cross country
trails, suiting all levels of experience. Both Snow Park and Snow Farm
have on mountain accommodation.
The largest ski area on the South Island is Treble Cone, which
boasts some of the longest, most exhilarating runs in the country. All
with a backdrop of amazing views of Lake Wanaka.
So, do you want to learn more about your Ski New Zealand options?
Click on the following link for more detailed information on the main
New Zealand ski resorts.