New Zealand is a great destination for skiers and snowboarders! The seasons occur in reverse of the Northern Hemisphere, with the ski season generally running from June to October; a good snow base and warmer temperatures make spring skiing a big draw. There are commercial and club fields offering downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and terrain parks. Larger fields offer dedicated areas for learners, while extreme skiers and snowboarders will enjoy heli skiing in remote locations. Renting or purchasing quality equipment is easy in cities and ski resorts. Most ski areas also rent gear on site. If you are heading out to the slopes, it’s best to check conditions before you leave.

NEW ZEALAND’S TOP SKI/SNOWBOARDING LOCATIONS 

 

The Manganui Ski Area is on Mt Taranaki's eastern slopes in the western North Island. This is a club field run by the Stratford Mountain Club, and all visitors are more than welcome.

 

Of particular importance to winter sport lovers Mt Ruapehu hosts two of the North Island’s best ski/board area’s Turoa and Whakapapa. If you have a multi-day ski pass, you can ski both of these unique area’s at anytime.

 

Famed for its international winter ski profile the alpine resort of Queenstown offers world-class skiing and boarding at the nearby resorts of the Remarkables and Coronet Peak.

 

With 5 international ski areas close by and the largest heli-skiing area (outside North America) Lake Wanaka is the perfect destination for your South Island and New Zealand ski holiday.

 

New Zealand’s largest region boasts 10 great ski area’s and arguably some of the the best variety so whether you are a beginner, mad keen border or seeking family fun.

 

Located in the centre of the South Island, the Mount Cook/Mackenzie region is home to New Zealand’s highest mountains and breathtaking landscapes - its no wonder it has some great and diverse snow sports on offer.

 

The Rainbow Ski Area sits at the top of the South Island, the very north of the Southern Alps, in a southeast basin perched high up on the St Arnaud range overlooking the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park.