New Zealand Ski Areas offer stunning scenery, exhilarating dry powder runs, snowboard terrain parks and pumping apres ski action. Full descriptions of New Zealand’s ski areas and heli-ski locations
A well kept secret in New Zealand skiing circles, is a remote ski field, which can be found midway between Christchurch and Queenstown. Ohau ski field is by-passed by winter sports enthusiasts dashing to the Southern Lakes, even though the field is clearly visible from the main Mackenzie Plains highway.
Mt Ruapehu is revered as the focus for fantastic winter fun on the expansive slopes of Whakapapa and Turoa - the largest snow sports area in New Zealand. Tukino, a club field on the remote eastern slopes, offers the chance to ski and snowboard on the ‘wild’ side of the mountain.
The broad white flanks of Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s largest active volcano, are an irresistible attraction for thousands of snow sport enthusiasts each winter. Whakapapa is the North Island’s premier ski field and lies within the magnificent Tongariro National Park, a World Heritage Area.
The Southern Lakes ski fields are superb. One in particular has wonderful, safe, open terrain that puts it in a category of the best family ski fields in the world. Cardrona is a top shelf skiing and boarding experience, and everyone can have a great time here. Introduce a beginner to these smooth rolling slopes and after several days of lessons.
Classic cross-country skiing is now firmly established in New Zealand with the advent of the Southern Hemisphere’s first all mountain terrain park. Waiorau Snow Farm on Otago’s Pisa Range lies directly across the valley from the Cardrona Ski Field.
The snow-capped serrated peaks of the Remarkables Range rise majestically above Queenstown. The scene is breathtaking. So too is the spectacular setting of the Remarkables ski field, a true alpine environment just 45 minutes drive from Queenstown.
The biggest and steepest ski field in the South Island has a commanding position in the Southern Alps, and in the hearts of New Zealand’s skiing fraternity. The name, ‘Treble Cone’, conjures up vivid images of ‘Ski Heaven’ - epic views, natural half pipes, big mountain chutes and powder.