Skiing in New Zealand
Welcome to the complete guide to New Zealand ski areas, snow reports and New Zealand skiing and snowboarding! View our Ski Area Comparison to find the best ski area for you or find information on each New Zealand ski region below.
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Ski Locations in New Zealand
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Why Ski in New Zealand?
Commercial New Zealand ski areas, such as The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, all have their own distinct character. Most offer world class facilities including snowmaking, state-of-the-art snow grooming, and comprehensive base and dining facilities.
The smaller, club fields - like Temple Basin or Mt Cheeseman - are often run by a group of enthusiasts and have simple facilities such as rope tow or T-bar lifts, generally no snow grooming, but good day lodges and often a more social atmosphere.
Snowboarding in New Zealand
Snowboarding in New Zealand is a popular winter activity. All New Zealand ski areas cater for snowboarding to some extent (in some cases better than skiers) and you’ll find good riding at them all.
Ohau in the central South Island, and Wanaka - near Queenstown - are both known as top snowboarding areas. In Wanaka, Cardrona is one of the most popular snowboarding fields, with a number of pipes and parks specifically for boarders of all levels.
Guided Snow Trips
If you would prefer to have the stress of planning your New Zealand ski trip taken away, you can opt for a guided snow trip. These ski tours will organise everything for you, and can include items such as accommodation, transport to the ski fields, ski passes, and tour guides. Snow tours are a great way to get the most out of your New Zealand ski holiday, and can enable you to experience multiple ski fields in a short space of time, having everything taken care of for you!
When to Ski in New Zealand
The New Zealand ski season generally runs from June through to late October. Conditions permitting, the major commercial ski areas usually begin opening in early June, with the smaller ski areas opening in late June or early July.
June and July, being colder (although still comparatively mild), can offer some good powder skiing. August is the peak month in which to ski, and September and October offer a variety of skiing, from spring skiing conditions to wintery powder - depending on the weather! In a good season Whakapapa will open at Christmas (because of its higher altitude) for summer skiing, while some other areas open for mountain biking.
When not to ski...
Skiing is popular in New Zealand, so plan your ski vacation to avoid the busy school holiday periods if possible.
Other ski information
If you are planning a ski holiday to the South Island of New Zealand, there are many great ski fields & ski resorts with package deals available.