A New Zealand or "NZ" ski holiday will long be remembered for the spectacular scenery, fantastic snow conditions and the multitude of incredible skiing and snowboarding venues on offer. The country is divided into two major islands, the north and the south, and both have world standard ski resorts to experience.
On the north island the action is in the Tongoriro National park on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Here you will find two world class ski resorts within an easy driving distance of Taupo and Rotorua which both provide a fantastic accommodation option. There is no on snow accommodation so off mountain villages and nearby cities are the best places to stay. The two ski resorts are known as Whakapapa and Turoa and they provide some of the most challenging slopes in the country. Turoa is known as "The Giant" and here natural half pipes have been formed by volcanic lava flows. It should be noted that Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano that has erupted in the immediate past and there are very few places in the world where you can boast that you have skied on the slopes of an active volcano.
On the south island there is a much wider variety of slopes to choose from. Near Christchurch, which is the largest city on the South Island, are a number of great ski resorts. Mount Hutt is the largest of these and only an hour or so from the city. In the Arthurs Pass area are several resorts like Porter heights and Mt Cheeseman If you hire a car you can move from place to place and experience all of the resorts. Mount Cook is the countrys highest mountain and cross country and Heliskiing skiing are popular here. Further to the south Mt Oahu provides excellent skiing facilities with out the crowds of some of the larger resorts.
The city of Queenstown lies on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is surrounded by spectacular mountain ranges that are the home of a number of sensational ski resorts. Coronet Peak is only twenty minutes drive from town along a fully sealed road. The Remarkables are also close to town and there are two resorts a little closer to Wanaka. Cardrona and Treble Cone both provide challenging slopes with excellent snow conditions and plenty of lift capacity. Accommodation for these resorts can be found in either Queenstown or Wanaka.
If you are looking for a sensational New Zealand snow holiday to practice your skiing or snowboarding skills, then do yourself a favour and come on a ski holiday to NZ.