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10 Best Places to Ski and Snowboard in New Zealand

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New Zealand is a top destination for Southern Hemisphere skiing.

While most of the world are topping up their tan, travellers on working holidays or backpacking are able to shred some powder in outstanding New Zealand landscapes. New Zealand ski fields are by no means massive, but the country does offer large commercial ski areas and small club fields that give a genuine Kiwi ski experience.

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1. Cardrona

Cardrona is a safe bet, a good all-rounder, something for everyone, yada yada… That’s why this Wanaka ski field makes the top of our list.

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2. The Remarkables

With wide runs coming from the main chairlift, The Remarkables is the perfect place for beginners and improving your skills. The terrain parks are the best in the Queenstown area.

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3. Craigieburn

For real powderhounds, Craigieburn is most challenging ski field. It is privately owned, so gives you the authentic Kiwi ski experience.

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4. Treble Cone

A big ski field which has a lot to offer advanced and expert riders. Intermediates will enjoy Treble Cone too with its steep trails and 6-seat express lift, so you can do a lot of vertical metres. Treble Cone is near Wanaka.

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5. Mt Hutt

Despite sometimes living up to its nickname “Mt Shut” due to strong winds, Mt Hutt gets some of the best snow conditions in NZ. Mt Hutt is in the Canterbury region with Methven being the nearest township.

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6. Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is a privately owned ski area providing uncrowded slopes. Unlike other ski fields Hanmer Springs also has cheap on-field accommodation, which is pretty much a backpacker lodge.

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7. Coronet Peak

Suited up with snow cannons, Coronet Peak is determined to give you something to ride on as the ski field is not very high. After a heavy dump, there are plenty of steep runs merging together to please any intermediate or advanced rider or skier.

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8. Porters

Great for beginners or the super fit. To get to the top you must endure three T-bars. Heavy on the legs, indeed. then you can opt to continue the leg burn by taking the longest route down via black run Big Mama.

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9. Whakapapa

That’s right, even the North Island has ski fields! Whakapapa is a big ski field for New Zealand covering 550ha. The most unusual thing here apart from the name, where the “wh” is pronounced “f”, is that you are actually skiing down an active volcano. Mind… blown…

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10. Turoa

Whakapapa has a sister on Mt Ruapehu and she is called Turoa. This ski resort, like Whakapapa, can stay open all the way to the beginning of November.

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Get to know the ins and outs of the NZ ski season with our guide to a ski season in New Zealand.

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