A New Zealand skiing holiday gives you more magic in every day! New Zealand has developed a deserved reputation as an international skiing destination.Plan Your Tour
The skiing season runs from June to October, the landscape and scenery are out of this world, and gear is easy to hire. New Zealand ski fields are uncrowded with plenty of wide-open bowls and gentle slopes for first-time skiers as well as off-piste skiing and heli-skiing for the more adventurous.
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Experience stunning mountains, incredible scenery, lively ski towns, and friendly locals! marvel at the quality of New Zealand's ski resorts. Express lifts, modern snow-making facilities, extensive base facilities, accredited childcare centres, and specialised lessons for children all make skiing in New Zealand an experience not to be missed.
South Island in New Zealand
Experience excitement from your very first glimpse of the Southern Alps as your plane flies over the terrain. A right-hand window seat offers the best views of Mt Hutt when flying into Christchurch, while either side allows spectacular views on direct flights into Queenstown as the approach flies you between the ranges with views of Cardrona, the Remarkables, and Coronet Peak on a clear day. Off mountain, the ski towns are continually expanding with a huge range of accommodation on offer from funky backpacker lodges to 5-star luxury apartments and hotels. As for apres ski, you will be spoilt for choice with the numerous restaurants, cafes, and bars on hand. If you are looking for a hub of activity and a multitude of interesting options, even on a Monday night, then Queenstown is the place to be. However, don’t be fooled by Wanaka or Methven’s small-town charm and serenity, they both have their share of hotspots and adrenalin-pumping activities. Note that while snow does fall in the resort towns on occasion, New Zealand is not known for its on-snow accommodation.
Queenstown is New Zealand's adventure capital and #1 year-round holiday resort destination and needs little introduction. No other ski town in Australasia comes close to offering the range of activities, night-life, restaurants, and shopping you can enjoy in this bustling lakeside ski town. Best of all, it’s only just over three hours direct flight from Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne (but be quick for these flights sell out fast). Much of the accommodation in Queenstown is close to the city centre, so you are within an easy stroll of all of the action, while shuttle bus services (some supplied free by hotels or alternatively the inexpensive Shopper Shuttle) connect you to the more outlying accommodation. Many leading activities also include transport. Self-drive or take advantage of the mountain shuttle services to ski at your choice of the nearby mountains which are a reasonable drive from the city centre: Coronet Peak under 30 minutes away, The Remarkables 45 minutes away, and Treble Cone or Cardrona around 90 minutes away (estimates subject to road, weather, and traffic conditions). If you feel like taking a break from the slopes, Queenstown offers a virtually unlimited range of other activity opportunities and our flexible pass options let you opt for a selected activity instead of skiing whenever you feel like it.
In many ways Wanaka is like a boutique version of the better known Queenstown, 50 minutes drive to the south. You get a similar (locals reckon better) lakefront position and glorious views, and a good, though much smaller, selection of restaurants and cafes, shops and nightspots. Wanaka attracts a mix of upmarket skiers who are looking for a quieter getaway, as well as family skiers who appreciate the first-rate kids' facilities at the neighbouring resorts, and hardcore freestyle skiers and boarders looking for action who appreciate the extensive off-piste and steeps. You can ski or board at either Treble Cone or Cardrona from Wanaka which are both around 40 minutes drive from town, or you can visit the Queenstown ski areas which are 70 – 90 minutes away. Or for the ultimate experience, Wanaka is the birthplace of heliskiing in New Zealand. The region is also home to the largest heli-skiing area outside North America, making it the ultimate location to experience New Zealand’s best skiing and snowboarding. Whether you are into fun family skiing, peaceful cross-country touring, park jibbing, or heli-skiing, you’ll find it in Wanaka.
Heli-Skiing and Heli Boarding
Wanaka and Queenstown enjoy a limitless variety of exclusive backcountry terrain making it easy to escape from the crowds. World-class guides, mountaintop landings, sweeping views, hundreds of square kilometres of untamed remote wilderness, and powder snow – have we convinced you yet? Private heli-ski charters are the ultimate experience, providing a helicopter and guide exclusively for your use. Experience thousands of vertical feet of untracked snow in the Southern Alps. Costs are based on group numbers and the helicopter hours flown. Charter groups often ski 10 – 15 runs a day.
Family Ski Holiday
Hit the slopes and enjoy an exclusive Wanaka family ski holiday! Take your family's skiing to the next level with guidance and tips from Greg Harrington (Ex-US Olympic ski coach). With OnePass, you’ll have the flexibility to explore all of Wanaka’s 4 world-class ski fields – Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Park and Snow Farm. At the end of the day, relax with a glass of pinot noir while your in-house private chef prepares the family meal. Take in your spectacular surroundings and enjoy the majestic views as the sun sets over the Southern Alps.