Don’t hibernate this winter. Discover the world renowned ski fields of New Zealand – big and beautiful, home to deep snow falls and challenging runs.
And it’s not just New Zealand that’s famous for frozen fun. Over the ditch, in a land famous for sizzling summers, Australia is home to several seasoned ski resorts that flourish with travellers every year.
Rug up and come with us on an adventure through some of the best winter destinations Down Under.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Magnificent Queenstown is undoubtedly your home base for any snowy adventure you are chasing in New Zealand’s south. The slopes of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Cadona and Reble Cone give you a choice of four top ski resorts, all packed into one world-renowned winter destination. Pick up a car rental in Queenstown and explore it all.
Stunning views and a wide variety of terrain and difficulty ensure there is something for everyone in the Queenstown region. So if skiing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other snow-fuelled activities to try. Walk the peaks on a show-shoeing tour, go wild on a snowmobile or get up high in a helicopter for a truly unforgettable experience.
Mackenzie, New Zealand
Escape the crowds and head to the scenic centre of New Zealand’s South Island. The Mackenzie region is home to more than just great ski fields; these wide open spaces provide a relaxing and inspiring environment that is sure to get you into the holiday mood, regardless of the season.
Three boutique ski areas occupy the Mackenzie region that are fully fit for beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike. At night, the stars come to life, making for some amazing star gazing. Take a tour or sit back and soak it in yourself – it’s worth braving the cold for.
Christchurch, New Zealand
At just an hour from Christchurch airport you’ll find the Canterbury ski fields, a winter playground that’s home to more skiing spots than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mount Hutt is a perfect family destination for a fun-packed frozen holiday and is known for its “Magic Carpet Tunnel” – a great place for beginners to improve their skills.
Those hunting a range of powdery, challenging trails need look no further than the Cragieburn Range, where the runs are steep and the snow is deep.
A stark contrast of newbie-friendly slopes also await you in the Canterbury region, along with other snow-based activities. So get yourself organised with snow gear and a hire car in Christchurch then head for slopes in this action packed holiday destination.
Kosciuszko National Park, Australia
The Kosciuszko National Park is equipped with everything for the perfect winter holiday. Home to Perisher – the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere – and a host of other great resorts including Charlotte Pass, Thredbo and Selwyn, you can find everything from terrain parks to night time skiing.
The Kosciuszko region is a relatively gentle mountain, perfect for beginners and young families, but still has plenty of challenging runs for those able to tackle a steep slope and zip amongst the trees. And there’s no need to stay stuck in your skis or snowboard with a variety of other snowy activities available. Have some fun snow tubing, snowshoeing or tobogganing. A bit of snow play in NSW makes for a great holiday.
The Victorian Alps
Discover the exciting ski resorts sitting snugly in the Victorian Alps this winter, where a host of unique activities are sure to entertain all ages, from dog sled tours and snowmobile rides to scenic flights and spa treatments.
Victoria is home to ski fields such as Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Falls Creek, all offering a range of accommodation, varied terrain and nightlife.
Reliable snow cover coupled with picturesque alpine resorts make Victoria a great destination for families and people of all skiing abilities.
Explore it all in any of these snow filled destinations with your Australia or New Zealand rental car and create winter memories that will last a lifetime.
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