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Ski Season NZ – when is the best time to visit


Ski season in New Zealand runs from early June to late October depending on where you are and how early the snow comes! New Zealand enjoys fairly regular snow falls across its ski fields every year, however there are always times when the snowfall is not as high as usual – many of the slopes deploy snow canons in order to top up the snow levels so you can always hit the slopes in the winter months here in New Zealand.

New Zealand Ski Field Opening and Closing Dates 2019

Ski FieldRegionOpening DateClosing Date
CardronaQueenstown/WanakaSaturday 1 JuneSunday 20 October
Coronet PeakQueenstown/WanakaSaturday 15 JuneSunday 6 October
The RemarkablesQueenstown/WanakaSaturday 8 JuneSunday 6 October
Treble ConeQueenstown/WanakaSaturday 29 JuneSunday 22 September
Mt HuttMt HuttFriday 7 JuneSunday 13 October
MethvenMt HuttFriday 7 JuneSunday 13 October
OhauAoraki/Mt CookSaturday 22 JuneSunday 22 September
Mt DobsonAoraki/Mt CookSaturday 22 JuneSunday 22 September
RoundhillAoraki/Mt CookSaturday 22 JuneSunday 22 September
PortersSelwynSaturday 6 JulySunday 6 October
Mt CheesemanSelwynSaturday 6 JulySunday 6 October
Temple BasinSelwynSaturday 6 JulySunday 6 October
Mt OlympusSelwynSaturday 6 JulySaturday 5 October
Broken RiverSelwynSaturday 6 JulySunday 6 October
CraigieburnSelwynSaturday 6 JulySunday 6 October
TuroaMt RuapehuSaturday 29 JuneMonday 28 October
WhakapapaMt RuapehuSaturday 22 JuneMonday 28 October
Happy ValleyMt RuapehuSaturday 1 JuneSunday 13 October
TukinoMt RuapehuSaturday 6 JulySunday 22 September

*Please note, all dates listed above are subject to change and are based on snow conditions

Skiing in New Zealand

As you can see, our ski season here in New Zealand runs all the way from early June to the end of October, weather permitting and there are so many options for those who love to get out and ski or snowboard during the winter months.

View from top of the Remarkbles Mountain, Queenstown, New Zealand

View from top of the Remarkbles Mountain, Queenstown, New Zealand

The majority of the ski fields here in New Zealand are within a 2-3 hour drive of the nearest major airport which makes them extremely accessible. Queenstown is widely regarded as one of the best places to ski in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts thousands of visitors every year. Up in the North Island, Mt Ruapehu is home to two of New Zealand’s largest ski areas at Whakapapa and Turoa.

Save money and ski with GO Rentals this winter

GO Rentals is delighted to have teamed up with Mt Hutt and Cardrona this winter to bring some pretty awesome deals to everyone who rents their car with GO. At Cardrona, simply show your car keys and receive a 10% discount on all lift passes – it’s as easy as rent, ski, save.

At Mt Hutt, anyone who rents a car from our Christchurch branch will be eligible for a daily draw where we will give away a ski pass to Mt Hutt every day from 26 June to 22 September – perfect for those who are planning some skiing in the Canterbury region this winter.

Check out our Ski Deals page for more info about both of these deals.

Your ultimate guide to skiing in New Zealand

If you have got the bug for skiing and you want to discover more about some of these awesome ski fields right here in New Zealand, make sure you check out the link to your Ski Guide below where you will find awesome tips on where to ski, where to eat, where to stay and where to find the best après ski!

New Zealand Ski Guide

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