With a variety of mountain destinations, long winters and spectacular scenery, New Zealand is one of, if not the, best Southern Hemisphere skiing destination. If you are an avid skier or snowboarder then you’ll want to place New Zealand on your ski bucket list, but just where are some of the best places to shed the snow on this island country?
Coronet Peak, South Island
One of the most popular skiing destinations on New Zealand’s South Island, Coronet Peak is easily reached within 20 minutes of Queenstown airport. It is also very close to the lakeside town of Wanaka for anyone wanting to extend their stay and visit some of New Zealand’s amazing countryside. The resort offers just 27 runs and is best suited to intermediate skiers. This is also one of the only destinations in the country with accommodation options right on the mountain.
Cardrona, South Island
Also located on South Island, Cardrona is can also be easily reached from Queenstown and Wanaka. Cardrona is a great destination for a range of skill levels and has a fantastic infrastructure with lots of family-friendly facilities. This is also one of the country’s highest ski resorts with the top mountain peak reaching an elevation of 1,860 metres.
Treble Cone, South Island
One of the largest ski resorts on South Island, Treble Cone offers skiers 550 hectares of space. The resort is one of the most snow-sure destinations in New Zealand, offering off-piste enthusiasts plenty of fresh powder. Although ski and snowboard lessons are offered here for beginners, most of the terrain caters towards intermediate and advanced skiers. The facilities and accommodation on site is limited here, with most visitors opting to stay at Wanaka, a thirty minute drive away.
Whakapapa, North Island
One of the best resorts on North Island, Whakapapa is about a four hour drive from Auckland. This family-friendly offering has a wide variety of runs for all skill levels, including a large dedicated beginner area. As it is set within the Tongariro National Park there is also quite a bit of accommodation options to choose from.
Turoa, North Island
With New Zealand’s highest chairlift and the longest vertical drop in Australasia, Turoa offers visitors plenty of snowfall. The resort is also well equipped with plenty of dining and nightlife options, making it a good choice for skiers who value the apres-ski side of the sport.
The Remarkables, South Island
Also located within easy reach of Queenstown, The Remarkables is one of the most photographed mountains in New Zealand due to its astonishing natural beauty. One could even say it is quite remarkable! Although the resort offers quite a small ski area, it is a good spot for families and beginner skiers with nice wide runs. The only downside is that the snow conditions here can be quite unpredictable, although there are plenty of snowmaking facilities and machines here to ensure that the ski season goes ahead no matter what.