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Skiing and Snowboarding in New Zealand

snow holidays in New ZealandNew Zealand has a well-deserved reputation as a world-class skiing destination, with a stunning and diverse range of snowfields offering skiing and boarding experiences for everyone. New Zealand ski fields are relatively uncrowded, with plenty of gentle slopes for first-time skiers and off-piste and heli-skiing options for the more adventurous.

Travelling by rental campervan is a great way to enjoy a skiing or snowboarding holiday in New Zealand. Just make sure that you choose the right one! More about choosing your rental campervan

When to ski in New Zealand

The ski and snowboard season generally lasts from June through to early October. You’ll find campervan rental rates are cheapest in the middle of winter. More on travelling in winter

North Island ski fields

In the North Island, there are two commercial ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa (NZ’s largest ski area), both located on Mount Ruapehu, an active volcanic cone in the centre of the island.

South Island ski fields

In the South Island, the Southern Alps offer a large choice of ski fields with spectacular alpine scenery and lively resort towns for fun at the end of the day. The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Coronet Peak skifields are centred around the resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka. There’s also a Nordic skiing area near Wanaka, with 25 kilometres of groomed cross-country trails. The Cantebury-Mackenzie region, 1.5 hours from Christchurch, is home to the Mt Hutt ski area, which offers consistently good conditions, family-friendly facilities and the longest ski season in the country. 

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