Glaciers in New Zealand
Maori children
Northland, New Zealand
Queen Charlotte Sound
Routeburn Track
Boating in Taupo
Tongariro, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand Skiing and Snowboarding

New Zealand is a recognised international ski holiday destination, with northern hemisphere skiers in particular appreciating our reverse seasons. New Zealand offers numerous ski areas, one Nordic cross-country area and a host of heliskiing operators, where choppers are used to lift skiers to the top of long, isolated stretches of snow.

Need a rental car at a competitive price to take you to the skifields? Visit Apex Car Rentals.

Those who come to ski and snowboard in New Zealand will find the variety staggering, the terrain spectacular, and the lines comparatively short. All ski and snowboard areas in New Zealand are treeless offering wide-open slopes and a perfect mix of undefined terrain and marked trails.

New Zealand Skiing, Skiing in New Zealand, Snowboarding in New Zealand

You'll also find fantastic, fast terrain for snowboarding in New Zealand. The sport has grown in New Zealand in recent years and all major fields welcome those passionate about this sport. There are some excellent natural and man-made halfpipes as well as dedicated terrain parks, and some of the most awesome off-piste powder snow around.

Snowboard shops, instruction and facilities are widely available at most New Zealand slopes.

Most commercial fields have highly qualified ski schools, catering for the novice through to experienced skier and snowboarder, equipment rental, and cafe/restaurant facilities.

World-class ski fields combined with top quality accommodation options and great nightlife at nearby towns make New Zealand the perfect ski holiday destination.

Coming to New Zealand this winter? Don't miss the opportunity to ski some of the best ski fields in the world!

View a list of New Zealand ski and snowboard tourism operators.

View a list of New Zealand ski accommodation.

Send a skiing related E-Postcard to your friends.

General Information

To get you geared up for a season of skiing and snowboarding, here are some tips for those who are beginners at skiing and snowboarding.

  • Alpine weather is very unpredictable - even experienced skiers and snowboarders can come to grief if they're not careful. Be wary of other skiers and boarders above and below you.
  • Safe skiing and boarding has a lot to do with consideration for others and observing the snow code. If you're a novice, take a lesson first.
  • Make sure you bring a friend to ski or snowboard with you, especially if you plan to head out to the back-country.
  • Whether you're hiring your ski gear or you own it - make sure your boots and bindings are professionally tuned. It's also good to have a screwdriver on hand for any binding problems you may have on your snowboard.
  • Wear warm and layered clothing, including gloves and a hat. It's also a good idea to carry a spare change of clothing just in case you end up falling over more times than you expected!
  • Carry food and water if you're planning to ski off-piste.
  • Winter sun can be harsh up on the mountain. Make sure you have some good sunglasses or goggles that are UV protective and lots of sunscreen on hand.

Ski Fields

View detailed information on New Zealand's ski fields.

North Island:

New Zealand Skiing, Skiing in New Zealand, Snowboarding in New Zealand
  • Manganui Ski Area
  • Tukino
  • Whakapapa & Turoa (Mt Ruapehu)

South Island:

  • Broken River
  • Cardrona
  • Coronet Peak
  • Craigieburn Valley
  • Fox Peak
  • Hanmer Springs Ski Area
  • Mt Cheeseman
  • Mt Dobson
  • Mt Hutt
  • Mt Lyford
  • Mt Olympus
  • Mt Potts
  • Ohau
  • Porter Heights
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Roundhill
  • Snowfarm
  • Snowpark
  • Temple Basin
  • Terako Basin
  • The Remarkables
  • Treble Cone
  • Waiorau Nordic Area

Ski Season

Skiing and snowboarding at Mt Hutt in New Zealand

New Zealand's ski seasons vary but are generally, in the South Island, from early June until early October, and in the North Island, from late June to mid November. The prevailing westerly weather patterns and maritime climate produce unique conditions for snow sports.

Daily snow reports are available giving the most current snow and weather conditions, road conditions and chain requirements, boundary and closure information, and which lifts and facilities are operating.

Find snow reports in New Zealand ski areas.

Ski Accommodation

Most skiers commute daily to the slops from nearby ski towns. Unlike other countries, New Zealand's commercial ski areas are generally not set up as resorts with chalets, lodges or hotels. Rather, accommodation and apres-ski nightlife are often in surrounding towns that connect with the main ski areas via daily shuttles.

Ski Equipment Hire

Most of New Zealand's ski fields have plenty of rental equipment avaliable on hand for your skiing and snowboarding trip. There's plenty on offer - Recreational and performance skis and snowboards, as well as jackets and pants.

Ski, boots and poles can be hired for around NZ$40 to NZ$50. Snowboard equipment is a little bit more expensive, but usually still between NZ$40 and NZ$50 for snowboard and boot hire.

Jackets and pants can also be hired from NZ$30 for the full day.

Lift Pass Prices

All-day lift passes for commercial fields are on average NZ$75 to NZ$90 per adult, club fields are about NZ$65 for non–members. Club members usually receive a discounted price.

Send a skiing related E-Postcard to your friends.

Tourism Activities: Skiing and Snowboarding | Ski and Snowboard Tours | Sports, Ski, Hunting and Fishing Lodges | Rental Cars

Featured

 
ASB Foreign Exchange

ASB Bank

Check out what your money is worth.

New Zealand Coach Tours

New Zealand Coach Tours

The largest range of escorted & small group tours

Boutique touring itineraries designed for you

Specialist NZ Tours

Boutique touring itineraries - designed for you

New Zealand self-drive tours

NZ Self-Drive Tours

Explore NZ on a custom self-drive package holiday

Bluebridge Ferry

Bluebridge Ferry

Cross Cook Strait and enjoy Kiwi hospitality.

World Nomads Travel Insurance

Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance for independent travellers.

Featured

 
ASB Foreign Exchange

ASB Bank

Check out what your money is worth.

New Zealand Coach Tours

New Zealand Coach Tours

The largest range of escorted & small group tours

Boutique touring itineraries designed for you

Specialist NZ Tours

Boutique touring itineraries - designed for you

New Zealand self-drive tours

NZ Self-Drive Tours

Explore NZ on a custom self-drive package holiday

Bluebridge Ferry

Bluebridge Ferry

Cross Cook Strait and enjoy Kiwi hospitality.

World Nomads Travel Insurance

Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance for independent travellers.