Skiing and boarding in New Zealand: a guide to NZ ski fields

New Zealand boats some of the world's most exceptional landscapes, and with numerous ski fields in both the North Island and South Island, there is guaranteed snow fun during ski season. Whether you head to the slopes of bustling Queenstown in the south, or the popular Whakapapa ski field of the north, you'll be able to enjoy world-class skiing and boarding while taking in the breathtaking scenery of New Zealand.

Skiing in NZConditions can be variable so make sure you check current snow and weather forecasts before you head for your holiday destination, and take chains for your vehicle, if required.

Where to ski and board in New Zealand  

NORTH ISLAND SKI FIELDS

In the heart of the North Island you'll find Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand's only skiable volcano.

Whakapapa Ski Area – at Mount Ruapehu

Whakapapa Ski Area

Whakapapa Ski Area has more than 65 trails to enjoy, spread across 1050 hectares. There is fantastic skiing and boarding for all levels, with a dedicated beginner's area at Happy Valley, well groomed trails and spectacular lift-accessed backcountry terrain which intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders will love.

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Turoa Ski Resort – at Mt. Ruapehu

Turoa

Nestled above the town of Ohakune, on the southern side of Mount Ruapehu, Turoa ski area has something for everyone with good beginner facilities, great skiing for intermediates and some of New Zealand's best off trail advanced skiing and riding. Turoa also holds the title of Australasia's longest vertical drop.

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Where to Learn to Ski or Snowboard

Learn to SkiOnly 20 minutes north of Auckland's CBD is indoor ski field 
SNOWPLANET. Whether you are looking to sharpen your skills or get in few lessons before you hit the big slopes, Snowplanet has it all. The slopes are gentle and get steeper as you go up, and there's a freestyle park where you can practice your jumps and tricks. There is a restaurant and bar where you can relax while the kids get lessons, and full ski, snowboard and clothing rentals are available. More info

SOUTH ISLAND SKI FIELDS

The South Island is famous for its world-class resorts, and the character of the snow here is generally drier and more powdery that that of the north. While the vertical runs may not be as high as those on Mt Ruapehu, the South Island weather is generally more predictable.

Queenstown Ski Fields

Coronet Peak

There are several resorts offering superb skiing and snowboarding within an hour's drive of Queenstown. Coronet Peak Ski Area and The Remarkables Ski Area are the closest to Queenstown's excellent range of accommodation and activities. Slightly further afield, Cardrona Alpine Resort is handy to both Queenstown and nearby Wanaka.

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Wanaka Ski Fields

Treble Cone

Nestled in the magnificent Cardrona Valley, Treble Cone, Cardrona, and SnowFarm are all within easy distance of the accommodation and activities of nearby Wanaka. The resorts have stunning lake and mountain views in addition to a full range of facilities, including snow making.

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Canterbury Ski Fields

Mt Hutt

Overlooking the vast Canterbury Plains, in the heart of the Southern Alps, Mount Hutt Ski Area boasts the longest ski season in the Southern Hemisphere and some of the driest powder. At 2086m, Mt Hutt also has one of the largest vertical drops in the South Island. The well developed trail network covers all levels.

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FUN IN THE SNOW: EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Part of the attraction of a ski holiday is the social aspect of enjoying the fresh mountain air with other like-minded people. Whether you are learning to ski, or wanting a bit of apres-ski, there's plenty to keep you busy on and off the slopes.

Intrepid and Backcountry Skiing in New Zealand

Back Country Ski
Avoid the crowds and queues when you ski the slopes of the Club and intrepid ski areas of New Zealand.

Get off the beaten track and to some pristine piste when you take to the skies and go heli-skiing. The spectacular backcountry runs are matched by the breathtaking views – you will truly be on top of the world.

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Top 5 Apres Ski Spots in NZ

The weather may be cold, but don’t let that stop you from chilling out! Here are our staff picks for some favourite places to keep the winter chill at bay  – or just keep on partying – after a hard day on the slopes.

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Gay Ski Week

Put your rainbow-coloured ski suit on, Gay Ski Week is coming to theaptly named Queenstown Just like its international counterparts,Queenstown guarantees 8 days of non-stop fabulous fun in the snow, andindoors too. Queenstown really knows how to party, and this is one eventthat the whole town gets behind with lots of accommodation,entertainment and travel discounts.

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