In New Zealand you’ll be mesmerised by amazing scenery at every turn. Among golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys you will find glistening snow-capped slopes almost as far as the eye can see. From June to October, snow transforms New Zealand’s alpine landscapes into a winter wonderland, with breathtaking scenery, fantastic snow and world class ski resorts spread throughout the country.
Whilst there are vibrant ski destinations and boutique resorts all over New Zealand, the South Island is the epicentre of the country’s ski culture. Set along the spectacular Southern Alps, the Christchurch/Canterbury and Queenstown/Wanaka ski regions offer dramatic scenery, internationally renowned ski resorts and some of the world’s best heli-skiing. These two regions are home to a number of vibrant ski towns which can serve as the base for your alpine vacation. From quaint country villages to the adventure capital of Queenstown, you can easily explore the many international standard resorts or private club ski fields.
You can’t beat New Zealand for its diversity of off-mountain activities and unique après ski culture. Combine your winter snow holiday with a range of exciting adventure activities and authentic local travel adventures. Experience the thrill of jet boating, paragliding and bungy jumping, indulge the senses on a gourmet food and wine tour or scenic flight over ancient glaciers, or just relax in the natural beauty of the country’s geothermal hot springs. At the end of the day, friendly locals, warm New Zealand hospitality, family friendly events and a thriving après ski scene give these regions their unique charm.
A snow escape can easily be added to your New Zealand holiday with direct domestic flights from Auckland to Christchurch and Queenstown. Alternatively connect directly to either of these locations on an international flight from Australia.
If you are interested in finding out which resort might be best for you, we invite you to read
GAO Snow’s 2016 summary of the Best Ski Resorts in the Southern Hemisphere.
Region: Queenstown / Wanaka
Against the backdrop of majestic snow capped mountains, world class ski resorts and two of New Zealand’s most beautiful alpine lakes, the natural beauty of the Queenstown & Wanaka in the Otago region creates the perfect setting for an unforgettable winter holiday.
- Nearest City: Queenstown, Otago - 20 mins drive (16km）
- Nearest City: Queenstown - 36 mins drive (24km)
- Nearest City: Queenstown – 55mins drive (58kms)
- Nearest City: Wanaka - 30 mins drive (23km)
Located in the middle of New Zealand’s South Island, the Christchurch/Canterbury region is home to the spectacular pacific coastline, majestic snow-capped mountains and some of the country’s best ski destinations.