New Zealand’s best-known and top rated skiing is on the South Island, with downhill runs, Nordic cross-country trails, snowboarding hills, heliskiing and snowshoe mountaineering available.
Queenstown has the oldest ski field, Coronet Peak, plus the remarkable Remarkables Ski Area.
Wanaka has downhill and cross country ski areas. Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort has extreme terrain for snowboarders, Nordic skiers love Snow Farm high above Lake Wanaka, while powder skiers flock to the high vertical rises at Treble Cone Ski Field.
In the Central Canterbury region, Mt. Hutt is the snow-white gem for skiers and boarders of all skill levels. It generally has the longest season – usually June to October, but sometimes it can run into November.
The ruggedness and remoteness of the South Island ski regions has driven the rise of heliskiing, even snowshoeing up top. Both experiences provide pure adrenaline! Experienced heliski operators will take intermediate and advanced skiers up into the alps to discover open bowls of powder and steep, high-speed chutes.
Some like to be near Queenstown for the partying and choice of fine hotels, chalets and tourist apartments. Some like the high slopes and quality runs of Mt. Hutt. Whatever your style of snowplay – or glacier walking – you’ll find it across the South Island.
For those in North Island check out National Park ski fields on Mt Ruapehu.
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