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The very best ski resorts in New Zealand

New Zealand has Antarctic drifts and alpine treasures that make it the go-to place for powder shredders. With an amazing offering of skiing destinations in both the North and South islands, it’s important to choose the right one when planning your holiday. Here’s a quick look at the five best ski resorts in New Zealand.

Coronet Peak, Queenstown


Touted by some as having the best intermediate terrain as well as the best lift infrastructure among ski resorts in New Zealand, Coronet Peak in the South Island is great for intermediate and advanced skiers as it has a lot of steep runs merging together after a heavy dump.

Suited up with snow cannons, this epic ski resort isn’t too far away from Wanaka, which is a plus for those visiting the scenic town. Jump on the Snowline bus or rent a car and drive yourself for easy access. It has various practice spots along the base and tons of trails running in between.

Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wanaka


Rated by many travelers as the best family resort with the best beginner trails, and boasting one of the biggest terrain parks in New Zealand, Cardona is child-friendly and a safe bet for a family trip. There’s something for everyone here, including trails and off-peak areas.

This ski field is also conveniently near Queenstown. Skiers can easily get to Cardona by using car rental, bus or shuttle service. According to public reviews, this resort is perfect for families as well as seasoned skiers, who will be in awe of Cardona Resort’s highest elevation point which has a height of 1860m (6102ft!)

Mount Hutt, Canterbury


Rated by the public as having the best intermediate terrain, lift infrastructure and piste trails, Mount Hutt in the Canterbury region is right near Methven town, and about an hour and a half from Christchurch. The field has four freestyle mountain parks, two learner lifts, and special ski passes for different skills and abilities.

Crowned by The World Ski Awards as New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort, this stunning resort gets some of the best snow conditions of any ski field in New Zealand, but sometimes suffers strong winds, which have earned it the nickname “Mt Shut.” It’s best for the more advanced skiers.

Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park


Whakapapa, in the North Island, covers over 140 acres (550ha), and has slopes running down the side of an active volcano! Named one of the best family resort in New Zealand, this ski site in the north-eastern side of Mt Ruapehu in Tongarino National Park features a vertical descent of 2214ft (675m!)

There is something for skiers of all levels, including 30 groomed jumps and trails for intermediate riders, as well as 24 diamond runs for the expert skiers. It’s great for absolutely everyone.

Mount Taranaki or Mount Egmont


The ski resort Manganui is located in the Taranaki region of New Zealand’s North Island. This resort has 10.5km of slopes available for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.

With 4 lifts to transport the guests, there is hardly ever a line for the lifts. Located between elevations of 1,260 and 1,680m, the winter sports area at the family-friendly Manganui consists of gentle intermediate runs and open bowls. Manganui has outstanding steep runs for skiers and snowboarders.



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