Skiing & Snowboarding

The ski season usually runs from late June to early October. Weather and snow conditions obviously affect opening times and it varies for each field.

The countries two largest ski areas Turoa and Whakapapa are both on Mount Ruapehu in the Central North Island.

South Island, Rainbow, in the Nelson Lakes area north near Methven - Mount Hutt and Mount Potts / HeliPark are both within two hours drive of Christchurch International Airport. The Southern Alps offer a range of ski resorts & ski fields, plus heli-skiing. Coronet Peak and The Remarkables serviced by Queenstown, Treble Cone, Cardrona and the Waiorau Nordic Ski Area by Wanaka.

The eastern side of the Southern Alps features club fields with rope tows, simple lifts and a varied collection of private ski lodges. They welcome non memberswith most only accessible by 4WD, some a long walk in. The main Heliskiing locations are Methven, Mount Cook, Queenstown and Wanaka an option if you are an intermediate skier and can handle powder.

Auckland Region

Snowplanet (indoor skiing, open year round) a great place to have a family fun day out or get in some training before the season

Central North Island


On the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area, with more than 65 trails across 1050 hectares with club accommodation on the mountain.


Serviced by Ohakune Turoa is on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu and has Australasia's longest vertical descent and New Zealand's highest lift.

Nelson / Marlborough


An all round field the terrain ratio; Beginners 25%, Intermediate 55%, Advanced 20%


Mt Hutt

Just over one hour from Christchurch. Mt Hutt is one of New Zealands most
popular ski areas catering for all skiers and boarders. Usually the first ski area to

Otago / Deep South

Wanaka, Treble Cone Long uncrowded slopes, legendary off piste terrain and unrivalled views, Cardrona. Cardrona Alpine Resort is a relaxed and friendly ski resort and snowboard resort

Queenstown, Coronet Peak. Coronet Peak is renowned for its roller coaster terrain across a series of interconnected bowls offering exhilarating skiing and riding for all levels, The Remarkables The high alpine location, north facing sunny aspect, fantastic terrain parks and great snow makes The Remarkables suitable for beginners, novices, youth and entire families.



Alpine Heliski

Alpine Heliski provides outstanding day, multiday and private charter Heliskiing / Boarding on spectacular untouched alpine terrain surrounding the world renowned adventure travel destinations of Queenstown, Wanaka and the Mt Cook region.

Phone: 03 441 2300    Address: 36-38 Shotover Street, Queenstown



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