Where to Ski in New Zealand

New Zealand is home to some major ski resorts as well as smaller club ski fields, which offer reduced rates to members while also allowing public access. Thanks to its high latitude and mountainous terrain, New Zealand is a major Southern Hemisphere skiing destination. So, where should you go to enjoy the nation’s best skiing?

Ruapehu_Crater_Lake_nMount Ruapehu, North Island

At Mount Ruapehu you get to ski on the largest active volcano in New Zealand. The mountain offers two commercial ski fields: Whakapapa on the northern side and Turoa to the south. These are the two largest ski fields in New Zealand and offer slopes for all levels of skier. Both sites are accessible by car and chairlift. Less crowded are the slopes of the smaller Tukino ski field on the east of the mountain, which is open to the public.

Whakapapa also accommodates the Happy Valley Snow Park, which is separated from the main ski field and offers ski, snow board and snow play facilities for beginners. Happy Valley also includes New Zealand’s only snow-making system, guaranteeing snow regardless of weather.

Manganui Ski Area, North Island

Located in Taranaki, the Manganui Ski Area is a small club ski field offering beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes. It is situated in an accessible Alpine area and includes on-site accommodation, 3 rope ski tows and a T-bar lift.

Mount Hutt, South Island

Mount Hutt in the Canterbury, South Island region of New Zealand has a large commercial ski field and caters for all levels of skier. Large off-piste areas are accessible for the adventurous. The various lift facilities include 1 high-speed six-seater, 1 quad chair, 1 triple chair, and a 140m enclosed carpet lift. This field has no accommodation, so visitors normally stay in nearby towns (e.g. Methven).

Treble Cone, South Island

The largest ski slope in South Island is the stunning Treble Cone, situated in the center of the Southern Alps. Offering breathtaking views, this popular resort offers terrain for all abilities and boasts New Zealand’s quickest quad chairlift.

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