Ski Holidays in New Zealand
New Zealand is truly an amazing place to ski, particularly as you can ski during the british summer time. The scenery is amazing, the slopes are uncrowded and it's relatively cheap once you are there. Read all our resort reviews to find the perfect resort for you.
Why Ski in New Zealand?
It might seem a bit crazy as you will need to travel 24 hours to get there but....when you do arrive you will see why more and more Brits are making the journey.The first thing that people say is that the scenery really is jaw dropping, do remember this is where they filmed Lord of the Rings. It really is breathtaking. The opportunity to ski in the British summer is also something of a novelty. This year the ski seasons in Coronet Peak, Mt Hutt and Cardrona are set to open on 13th June.
The queues are relatively short, the pistes uncrowded and there are a huge number of activities off piste so good for families or mixed groups of skiers and non skiers. A lot of ski resorts in New Zealand don't offer ski in ski out accommodation, in fact you are really expected to stay at nearby towns. Most though do offer a free shuttle service to the slopes.
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Which Ski Resort?
There are 6 key ski areas in New Zealand including North Island, North Canterbury, Canterbury, Mackenzie, Wanaka and Queenstown. There are also smaller fields run by enthusiasts which tend to be more basic. These include Temple Basin and Mt Cheeseman. The south island resorts tend not to have mountain accommodation but there is plenty of great accommodation available at towns including Queenstown, Wanaka, Lake Tekapo and Methven.
North island has two commercial ski fields and offers the only skiable volcano on the island so an incredible opportunity. Wanaka is a good resort for snowboarders to check out as it has great snowparks and is generally loved by boarders.
Is It Right For You?
New Zealand is fundamentally different from the European resorts you will be used to, North America and even Japan. It is friendly, laid back and the scenery really is amazing and will take your breath away. Read our resort reviews which will help you decide which resort is right for you. We include all the information you need about the slopes, accommodation, apres ski and travel.