South Island Skiing

New Zealand has a total of 10 skiing destinations and is rated as one of the top 5 ski destinations in the world. New Zealand is also known for its diverse mountains and caters for all styles and ability levels.

The South Island offers eight out of the ten ski mountain locations. At the North end of the South island in Canterbury there is there are two skiing locations, Mt Hutt and Porter heights . Towards the centre of the South island there are another two great ski fields in Mackenzie , these are Ohau and Mt Dobson.

Also in the south island is Wanaka and Queenstown, these are based more towards the south end. Wanaka has two popular ski fields Cardrona and Treble Cone. Queenstown with The Remarkables and Coronet Peak . Every year Wanaka and Queenstown get packed out with skiing visitors from all over the world.

Mt Hutt Snow Field

Mt Hutt is situated high inside the eastern rim of the Southern Alps. The Ski Area receives some of the deepest, lightest, driest powder in Australasia, making it a very popular ski field throughout the winter season.

Nearest Town: Methven
Distance: 25km
Nearest Airport: Christchurch
Distance: 105km

Directions to Ski Field : Follow the signposts from Methven, the turnoff is about ten kilometres. It is sealed highway until the turn off just before the mountain road barrier. Then there is an unsealed road which winds through alpine terrain for about fifteen kilometres.

Potter Heights Snow Field

Porter heights ski field is also located in the north end of the South island in Canterbury and is 96km from Christchurch International Airport. This is the closiest ski field to Christchurch. Porter Heights is described as one giant terrain park! This is great for the experienced riders wanting some air time. Porter heights ski field also has some wide open pistes for all those skiers that like carving it up!

Ohau Snow Field

Ohau is a great all mountain that will cater for intermediate to advanced riders. Reachable From a 9.6km access road, with stunning views up the valley to Mount Cook and overlooking the lake are spectacular with snatched glimpses of the snow field. When you arrive be prepared got a full panorama at the car park.

Mount Dobson Snow Field

Mount Dobson has a lot to offer but is not as developed as Ohau. They are always striving to improve the facilities. Don't put this one aside as it often gets some great snowfall that will not disappoint. A triple chair lift was installed in the west valley - So go and enjoy the ride.

Cardrona Snow Field

Cardrona is a great place for learners with 3 magic carpet lifts, a platter lift and a beginner quad chair. It's also a favourite with families, providing complete solutions for children from 3 months to 12 years in three purpose-built facilities. Take the family there and have a blast.

Nearest Town: Wanaka
Distance: 34km (35minutes)
Nearest Airport: Queenstown
Distance: 58km

This is a spectacular 65 minute drive from Queenstown and 35 minutes drive from Wanaka.

Treble Cone Snow Field

Treble Cone is spread over three large basins, there are trails to suit all ages and skill levels. From the purpose-built learner area with a Magic Carpet Lift, to comfortable, groomed green and blue runs, through challenging black runs and secret powder stashes. Treble Cone has great terrain for all levels of ability.

Nearest Town: Wanaka
Distance: 19km
Nearest Airport: Queenstown
Distance: 126km

Coronet Peak Snow Field

Coronet Peak has a reputation for some of the best and varied terrain in Australasia. It is the most developed ski area in the South Island. Spread across a broad mountain. There are many ways to get down Coronet through every type of terrain from the wide groomed run called M1, to mogul runs, to wide open back bowls. Coronet Peak hosts events such as The Queenstown Winter Festival and the 50K of Coronet Peak. This is a busy spot.

Nearest Town: Queenstown
Distance: 18km (25minutes)
Nearest Airport: Queenstown
Distance: 21km

The Remarkables is across the valley from Coronet peak. This is Queenstown's true alpine ski area. Here the emphasis is definitely on joining in and having fun, especially if you're a beginner, intermediate or looking for serious adrenaline. The Remarkables is packed with wide open beginner and intermediate runs. This is Queenstown's larger of the two mountains, its highest point of elevation is 1943m. In other words The Remarkables car park is as high as the tip of Coronet Peak.

Nearest Town: Queenstown
Distance: 24km (45minutes)
Nearest Airport: Queenstown
Distance: 21km

Directions to Ski field: From Queenstown follow Highway 6 out of town. At Frankton turn right, still on Highway 6. The access road is four kilometres along on the left. The road to the ski field is an unsealed road, 14km to the car parks. Enjoy the drive!

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