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Ski Season: June to October
Fields: New Zealand offers ski and snowboard enthusiasts a great variety of commercial or club fields. Commercial fields offer snowmaking, state of the art snow grooming, cafes, gear rental facilities and more. Club fields are often less crowded but offer fewer facilities. Fields are maintained by their ski club and facilities often include rope tow or T-bar lifts only with generally no snow grooming.
Lift Pass Prices: All-day lift passes for commercial fields are on average NZ$85.00 per adult. Club fields are about NZ$65.00 for non–members. Club members usually receive a discounted price.
Transfers/Ski Packages/Accommodation: Mountain transfers are usually available from main centres and many ski fields have accommodation on or close to the slopes.
The following information provides an overview about the main skiing and snowboarding areas around New Zealand.
Whakapapa Ski Area - View Snow Report - Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa and Turoa have 1000 awesome hectares of patrolled terrain, making it easily the largest ski area in New Zealand.
Turoa Ski Area - View Snow Report - There's something here for everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced skiers or boarders looking for a real alpine challenge.
Nearest main tourism centre is Taupo.
Manganui Ski Area - View Snow Report - Situated on the slopes of Mt Egmont, Taranaki. The access road turnoff is just south of Stratford on Highway 3.
Nearest main tourism centre is New Plymouth.
Rainbow Ski Area - View Snow Report - Situated near St Arnaud, high in the north of this great mountain chain within the world famous Nelson / Marlborough lifestyle region.
Nearest main tourism centre is Nelson.
Mt Lyford Ski Area - View Snow Report - The sunny Terako field, an ideal family field, offers a great learners area as well as challenging runs for intermediate and advanced skiers. The day lodge, restaurant and carpark is centrally located.
Hanmer Springs Ski Area - View Snow Report - Just over 2 hours from Christchurch, it could be another world away. Hanmer Springs Ski Area is situated on Mt St. Patrick.
Nearest main tourism centre is Christchurch.
Temple Basin Ski Area - View Snow Report - A true alpine environment on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps at the heart of Arthur's Pass National Park.
Craigieburn Ski Area - View Snow Report - Craigieburn Valley offers something for everyone, except beginners! It's steep, deep and cheap.
Broken River Ski Area - View Snow Report - 1.5 hours west of Christchurch. No tow queues, situated inside a forest park, for those that don't mind a short walk and slightly rustic conditions.
Mt Cheeseman Ski Area - View Snow Report - Located 112 kilometres from Christchurch, Mt Cheeseman is a south easterly facing bowl.
Porter Heights Ski Area - View Snow Report - The closest ski area to Christchurch. Known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Porter Heights offers something for everyone.
Mt Hutt Ski Area - View Snow Report - Just one hours drive from Christchurch and a stone's throw from the friendly country town of Methven, Mt Hutt's village.
Mt Olympus Ski Area - View Snow Report - A club field in the Cragieburn range set in a wide south facing basin. It offers a variety of runs on uncrowded slopes.
Mt Potts Ski Area - Located in the heart of the Southern Alps, Mt. Potts is the highest ski area in the South Island. We take a maximum of 14 guests per day.
Nearest main tourism centre is Christchurch.
Lake Tekapo Ski Area - Roundhill Ski Area. Just over three hours from Christchurch. Mackenzie Country's cold temperatures and low humidity mean that we can guarantee Roundhill as your family ski area every season.
Mt Dobson Ski Area - View Snow Report - Located on the main tourist route between.
Ohau Ski Area - View Snow Report - As part of the Ohau Range in the Main Divide, is endowed with reliable snowfall and fine weather. Ohau is serviced by the longest T-Bar.
Treble Cone Ski Area - View Snow Report - Treble Cone offers awesome terrain for all abilities, fast lifts, reliable snow and the most uncrowded slopes in the Southern Lakes area.
Cardrona Ski Area - View Snow Report - Cardrona is an extensive resort with 320 hectares of snow cover on treeless slopes. Its three basins offer wide open spaces and a mix of terrain that's suitable for snowboarders and skiers of all abilities.
Waiorau Snow Farm - View Snow Report - New Zealand's Commercial Track Cross Country ski area, boasts 55 kilometers of classic and ski skating trails groomed to international standard.
Nearest main tourism centre is Wanaka.
Coronet Peak Ski Area - View Snow Report - Coronet Peak's open slopes and wide rolling terrain is only a short drive from Queenstown. A popular ski area.
The Remarkables Ski Area - View Snow Report - Across the valley from Queenstown lies a true alpine ski area. Here the emphasis is very definitely on joining in and having fun, especially if you're a beginner, intermediate or looking for serious adrenaline.
Nearest main tourism centre is Queenstown.