Queenstown is the ideal base to commence your ski trip in New Zealand this winter. There are many choices of mountains that cater for all levels of skiers. The ski season in New Zealand generally runs from June to October.
The most important thing to remember when organising your ski trip is to book your car hire early. There are many skiers who make the annual trip to Queenstown and then drive around to the various mountains. The larger cars and 4WD cars sell out fast.
Booking car hire early ensures that there is availability of the type of vehicle you require as well as extras such as ski chains, ski racks and snow tyres. These optional extras also sell out quickly so it is important to reserve them when booking your car.
As far as which is the best ski destination to meet your needs, please see our quick guide to the mountains below.
CORONET PEAK – this ski field is vast with 280 hectares now that it has been redeveloped. Beginners have their own ski slopes and can even enjoy making their own snow! Coronet Peak is about a 25 minute drive from Queenstown.
THE REMARKABLES – is situated very high up in the mountain ranges and is also vast with 220 hectares. This mountain truly caters for beginners through to highly experienced skiers. Due to its location there are many rock drops to experience. The drive to The Remarkables is approximately 45 minutes.
CARDRONA – is a great mountain for freestyle skiing and also caters to all levels of ability. The drive to Cardrona is about 65 minutes.
TREBLE CONE – is the largest mountain on the South Island comprising of 550 hectares of snow. It has breathtaking views over Lake Wanaka and offers great skiing for beginners. The 2 and ½ hour drive to Treble Cone from Queenstown is well worth it.
MOUNT HUTT – this mountain boasts expansive views due to its location at 2086 metres above sea level. Mount Hutt is more easily accessible from Christchurch and from there it is a 1 hour drive.
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