Snow covered peaks and family friendly resorts, New Zealand racks up an absolute
feast of unique winter action.
Gentle slopes, great snow, steep thrills or boarding on top of volcanoes? Everybody has a different definition of that perfect skiing holiday. Regardless what yours may be, New Zealand covers it all. Across the nation, a myriad of unique snow fields wait for skiers of all levels to shred and carve a fresh track; it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced glider. The same goes for ski resorts. There are quiet little retreats snuggled in the depths of wooded valleys or busier, bubblier places to socialise and meet new people. Here are the top spots:
Christchurch and Queenstown (dubbed the adventure capital of the world) are prime skiing destinations found in the South Island. In Queenstown, you’ll find an array of luxury hotels centrally located around this bustling ski town. This makes it quite easy to reach surrounding areas by car – such as the stunning Coronet Peak. With a crystal clear lake and iconic rollercoaster terrain, Coronet Peak offers an exhilarating skiing experience for all riders. There’s even a dedicated learning area to practice and build confidence. Come night time, stay at the Heartland Hotel and enjoy the warmth of an open fire.
Christchurch, towards the east of the South Island, provides a gateway to natural beauty. It’s the closest place to stay near the renowned Mt Hutt Skifield and lined itself with lively restaurants, bars and hotels for your enjoyment. Advanced skiers flock here for
the complex terrain, while beginners conquer a 140m long Magic Carpet. Overall, there are plenty of other long runs for all to ride while marvelling at the picturesque Canterbury Plains view.
Whakapapa on New Zealand’s North Island provides skiing opportunities for everyone including the daredevils whom desire to board on top of a volcano. Three enormous volcanoes form Tongariro National Park. Mt Ruapehu in particular stands almost 2,800
metres above sea level. This is where you can delight in snow filled basins, steep chutes, secret powder stashes and the help of world-class instructors if needed. Just make sure your book your accommodation well in advance if you plan on riding the longest vertical drop in Australasia.
So whether you find volcanic clustered skiing regions in the north a real treat, or the socially inspiring Mt Hutt more your thing, skiing in New Zealand is never short on fun.
Adrenaline will pump through all rider types no matter your skiing destination of choice.
So what are you waiting for?