It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, intermediate or an experienced skier or snowboarder because New Zealand has a ski track for everyone.
Each year skiers from all over the world flock to the South Island to experience the snowfields, so it’s best to plan and book ahead. You can get direct flights from Australia into Queenstown, plus Auckland and Christchurch.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a counter inside the Arrivals Hall at Queenstown Airport. Book your NZ rental online before you go, to guarantee your ski-holiday rental is ready when you touch down – getting you on your holiday quicker. Wanaka is a one-hour drive from Queenstown.
Staying in Queenstown, ski:
Coronet Peak – catering to all levels, but perfect for beginners. They also have night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a Winter Festival and a DNA Gay Ski Week.
The Remarkables – is more suited to experienced skiers and snowboarders, and only a 45-minute drive from Queenstown.
Staying in Wanaka, ski:
Treble Cone – has the highest vertical rise of the four fields and is a popular destination for experienced skiers. A 35-minute drive from Wanaka and 75 minutes from Queenstown
Cardrona Alpine Resort – is family-friendly and also has intermediate and advanced tracks. A 35-minute drive from Wanaka and an hour from Queenstown.
Christchurch – Mt Hutt
Voted New Zealand’s ‘Best Ski Resort’ for the third year in a row in 2017 at the World Ski Awards, Mt Hutt is only a 90-minute drive from Christchurch. One of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island and a big mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders alike.
It’s also perfect for every age and ability, and fantastic for families. There are supervised kids’ programmes and an Early Learning Centre for children age 3 months and up, plus the Kids4free program where children aged 10 years and under enjoy a range of activities, products and services at the mountain and in Methven for free!
Redspot Car Rentals (operating as Enterprise Rent-A-Car) provides a speedy airport shuttle service from Christchurch Airport.