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Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is broken into two main islands, the North Island & the South Island - original right? These two islands are unique and diverse but offer equally picturesque landscapes and visitors can ski or snowboard on both the North and South Island. Direct flights from Australia run multiple times per day into all major New Zealand airports. The three most popular airports for snow holiday makers being Auckland in the North Island, Christchurch and Queenstown in the South Island. New Zealand has developed a deserved reputation as an international skiing destination. The season runs from June to October, the landscapes and scenery are out of this world and gear is easy to hire. New Zealand ski fields are uncrowded with plenty of wide-open bowls and gentle slopes for first-time skiers and off-piste skiing and heli-skiing for the more adventurous. By global standards, New Zealand is a small country, but when it comes to skiing and snowboarding, the size of the country definitely does not give an indication of the amount of skiable terrain that is available! With a total of 18 commercially operated ski resorts in New Zealand, the region has a lot to offer skiers and snowboards. Of these, there are 7 major mountains which attract visitors to New Zealand each winter. In the North Island you will find Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s largest ski resort in area, which combines Whakapapa & Turoa Ski Fields. These two peaks offer plenty to suit all levels of ability, from Whakapapa’s world-class beginner slopes and learning facilities, through to the longest vertical in New Zealand at Turoa. Being a volcano means the landscape around Mt Ruapehu is also vividly panoramic and adds an element of staggering beauty to your ski holiday, the surroundings are enough to take your breath away. Heading further down to the South Island, you find some of New Zealand’s most popular Ski Resorts! Located a few hours from Christchurch, near the town of Methven is Mount Hutt. Known for being New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mt Hutt’s elevation means consistent snow and a longer snow season than other New Zealand ski resorts. The peak offers a good variety of terrain for all levels of skier and snowboarder, as well as having plenty of off-snow activities within driving distance, a great destination to keep the whole family entertained. Continuing further south, Wanaka is a quaint lake town with two ski resorts to choose from, Cardrona and Treble Cone. In 2020 Cardrona Alpine Resorts took over management of Treble Cone Ski Resort and now both mountains are accessible on one lift pass – this is awesome for visitors to Wanaka, opening up an incredible array of terrain. Cardrona is very popular with locals and visitors, well set up to suit families, beginners and groups with skiers or snowboarders of varied skill levels. Treble Cone is the largest ski field in the South Island and gets the most snowfall annually, as well as offering excellent free-ride terrain. Wanaka is also close enough to visit Queenstown ski resorts, which makes for even more choice. Approximately an hour south of Wanaka is Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Queenstown is well-known as a winter holiday destination that offers not only unbeatable snow, but lots of activities, dining options and a vibrant atmosphere. Queenstown is a great base to ski Coronet Peak and the Remarkables ski resort, which are both available on one lift pass (which also includes Mt Hutt). The Remarkables have some of the best ski parks in New Zealand, as well as being family-friendly and a good place for beginners to learn to ski. Coronet Peak is also very popular with panoramic views that sweep the South Island. Coronet Peak is ideally suited to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. New Zealand is abundant in stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and all kinds of adventure activities, it is any skier or snowboarders dream winter wonderland. If you are looking for a great value holiday package to New Zealand this winter, we have a team of ski experts who are specifically trained in all things ‘New Zealand Ski Holiday’ and will be able to assist in putting together your perfect snow trip. So what are you waiting for .. the mountains of New Zealand are calling!

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