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Skiing / Snowboarding

Skiing in New ZealandNew Zealand has 12 commercial ski fields in both the North and South Island. The country's largest is located on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, Whakapapa ski field in the North Island. Mount Hutt in the central South Island boasts the longest ski season in New Zealand, and together with the fields around Queenstown and Wanaka, they offer some of the finest ski terrain in the world. Wanaka's Nordic ski area has over 20kms of groomed cross-country trails with heli-skiing options available. Most commercial fields have equipment hire, restaurant/cafes and ski schools.

Enjoying the reverse seasons, the Northern Hemisphere skiers recognise New Zealand as an international ski destination and find the variety and terrain spectacular.

New Zealand Ski Area Comparison

Ski Area Location Season Terrain
Beg / Int. / Adv
Total Lifts
Whakapapa Central NI Late June to
mid November
25%, 50%,  25% 14
Turoa Central NI Late June to
mid November
25%, 50%,  25% 9
Mt Lyford Alpine Resort North Canterbury Early July to
early October
30%, 40%, 30% 6
Porter Heights Canterbury Early July to
early October
15%, 35%, 50% 5
Mt Hutt Ski Area Canterbury Early June to
late October

25%, 50%,  25%  

4
Mt Dobson South Canterbury Early July to
mid October
30%, 50%, 20% 4
Roundhill Ski Area Mackenzie Early July to
early October
40%, 60%, 0% 3
Ohau Snow Fields Mackenzie Early July to
early October
20%, 50%,  30% 3
Treble Cone Wanaka Late June to
early October
10%, 40%, 50% 6
Cardrona Wanaka Late June to
mid October
25%, 55%,  20% 7
Snow Farm Wanaka Late June to
early October
40%, 40%, 20% XC
Snow Park Wanaka Late June to
early October
40 rails / boxes,
10-25 rollers, hits, jumps
1
Coronet Peak Queenstown Early June to
Early October
20%, 45%, 35% 6
The Remarkables Queenstown Late June to
mid October
30%, 40%, 30% 5

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