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It’s hard to beat the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s ski resorts. Whether you’re up riding on a volcano, or enjoying an après beverage overlooking a picturesque lake New Zealand offers unbeatably stunning terrain. The resorts in New Zealand are updated and provide a good source of après ski entertainment, great snow conditions and comfortable accommodations. Featured in a plethora of ski and snowboard films New Zealand’s Alps have something for every level of skier, from beginner slopes and ski schools to challenging off-piste territory.

Most of New Zealand’s great ski areas are on the South Island, and travelers will revel in the fun and beautiful cities of Queenstown and Christchurch. New Zealand is also known for its extreme activities, so any vacation here can be as thrilling as you want. Throw in some heli-skiing, bungee jumping, parasailing and whitewater rafting to your ski vacation to get the complete New Zealand extreme experience.

Because of New Zealand’s location the ski season here goes from June to October. The Southern Alps, at 550 kilometres long, are still rising at seven millimetres a year. The mountains are growing taller! Mount Ruaepehu, in Tongariro National Park, is a volcano that receives a good amount of snow each year—the hot springs aren’t far off!

Mount Ruapehu is home to the Whakapapa ski resort, New Zealand’s largest. There are 16 lifts that bring you to the 43 runs available on this mountain. The backcountry skiing is also excellent. Take a tour of Mount Ruapehu’s Crater Lake to see views of the neighbouring volcanoes, and enjoy a hearty lunch at one of the restaurants in the resort. You can actually access two ski areas with one lift pass in the area, Turoa being the other mountain. Turoa features the only lift-accessed glacier skiing in New Zealand, as well as terrain parks and a beginner’s area with a carpet lift.

Head down to the beautiful Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand and take a few turns at Mt. Hutt in Canterbury. You’ll find ski and snowboard terrain here suited to all levels of shredding. The seasons are long here and the snow conditions are renowned for being amazing. Mt. Hutt features over 472 hectares of skiable terrain, and there are also daily ski shuttles from Methven and Christchurch should you decide not to stay at one of the accommodations on-mountain.

New Zealand ski resorts


Cardrona Alpine resort could be New Zealand’s most scenic. Nestled between Queenstown and Wanaka, Cardrona offers spectacular lake views, not to mention excellent powder conditions. Cardrona is known as New Zealand’s friendliest resort, home to a diverse ski bum culture. You’ll find great accommodations, restaurants and après ski entertainment here. The mountain also features three terrain parks for the thrill seekers and over 320 hectares of pistes for all levels, with the majority being in the intermediate range.

This is only a taste of what New Zealand has to offer. Stunning sky-high mountain ranges give way to powdery ski slopes, friendly to beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders while being challenging and fun for those at a more advanced level. Combined with New Zealand’s love for an extreme thrill travelers will find all kinds of spectacular adventure here. Your dollar goes farther in New Zealand and the familiar English language and driving rules make it an easy place to navigate and travel throughout. If you’re really ambitious you can surf and ski in one day, go zorbing, cave tubing or hiking. Enjoy hot pools, the beautiful culture of the Maori and above all get all the turns in that you can. Visit our mountain resort links to learn more about what New Zealand ski resorts have in store for you.

Browse New Zealand ski resorts:

Broken River Resort
Cardrona Alpine
Coronet Peak
Craigieburn Valley
Mt Hutt
Mt Lyford
Porter Heights
Snow Park
Snow Farm
indoor skiing new zealand Snowplanet
indoor skiing new zealand The Remarkables
Treble Cone

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