June 2015: New Zealand Ski Holidays

New Zealand has developed a deserved reputation as an international skiing destination, with snow experiences to suit every level of skier or snowboarder.

The Remarkables Ski Area. Photo: Miles Holden
The New Zealand ski season runs from June to October which is ideal for visitors from the Northern Hemisphere who want to escape the heat of summer.
 
New Zealand ski fields are uncrowded meaning queues are comparatively short. There are plenty of wide-open bowls and gentle slopes for first-time skiers. And for the more adventurous, New Zealand offers spectacular off-piste skiing and an exciting range of heli-skiing opportunities.
 
For visitors who want to enjoy a day off the slopes, it’s easy to combine a ski holiday with other activities such as cycling, golf, cultural experiences, shopping or simply relaxing with a glass of wine!
 
For more information on skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand, visit www.newzealand.com/int/skiing/

 

NORTH ISLAND SKI FIELDS
 

Whakapapa Ski Area

Scheduled opening date: 27 June
Location: 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive from Taupō.
Whakapapa Ski Area on the north-western slopes of Mount Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area.
 

Turoa Ski Area

Schedule opening date: 27 June
Location: 2 hours’ drive from Taupō.
Turoa Ski Area on the south-western slopes of Mount Ruapehu has Australasia's longest vertical descent and New Zealand's highest lift - The ‘Highnoon Express’.
 
 

SOUTH ISLAND SKI FIELDS
 

Mount Hutt

Schedule opening date: 12 June
Location:  1 hour 45 minutes’ drive from Christchurch.
Mount Hutt is one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island. It is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of every age and ability. Mount Hutt features a network of progressive terrain parks and dedicated learning facilities making it perfect for families.
 

Coronet Peak

Scheduled opening date: 13 June
Location: 25 minutes’ drive from Queenstown.
Coronet Peak is the closest mountain to Queenstown. Stunning high points and rolling trails offer seasoned skiers and riders excellent terrain to explore. Coronet Peak offers the longest resort opening hours in New Zealand and thrilling weekend night skiing. New for 2015 is a Snow Tubing Lane operating on the Kaiser Carpet from mid-July.
 

The Remarkables Ski Area

Scheduled opening date: 20 June
Location: 45 minutes’ drive from Queenstown.
The Remarkables is known for its friendly atmosphere, high altitude and north-facing sunny slopes. As well as plenty of space for beginners, The Remarkables has extensive freestyle features across three dedicated terrain parks, including the Southern Hemisphere’s only Stash, a Burton signature terrain park.
 
Enhancements this year include a new base building and a scheduled bus service from central Queenstown.
 

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Scheduled opening date: 13 June (beginner facilities) and 20 June (full mountain)
Location: 35 minutes’ drive from Wanaka or 55 minutes’ drive from Queenstown.
Cardrona has superb, wide terrain spread across three main valleys, which also includes the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park. Cardrona is perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all levels and experience.
 

Treble Cone Ski Area

Schedule opening date: 25 June
Location: 35 minutes’ drive from Wanaka or 90 minutes’ drive from Queenstown.
Treble Cone is the largest ski area in New Zealand’s South Island and offers the longest vertical in the Southern Lakes. Famous for its long groomed slopes, legendary off-piste and unrivalled views.