NZ South Island Skiing
New Zealand (NZ) South Island skiing is some of the best in the world. The low latitude and the spectacular range of high mountains virtually guarantees plenty of snow cover at all of the major mountain resorts. All have plenty of snow making equipment if nature fails but this is not a common experience. There are two main NZ ski locations on the South island. These are in the Christchurch and Queenstown regions. Access is really easy to both as you can fly in to either city. Both cities have a huge accommodation range with plenty of options to choose from that range from backpacker hostels and budget accommodation right through to the most luxurious resorts.
Christchurch is the jumping off point for a number of ski resorts located in the central range near Arthurs Pass. The nearest and largest resort from Christchurch is Mount Hutt which is located about one hours drive to the west. There is a regular shuttle service that will pick up from your accommodation. Mount Hutt does not have any on snow accommodation so Christchurch is the best option. The resort itself has all the facilities that you would expect. Slopes range from beginner level right through to Olympic standard. There is plenty of lift capacity to keep the queues short and there is also ski hire and ski patrol services.
Queenstown is the most popular ski destination in New Zealand (NZ) with a number of great resorts located in the immediate vicinity. Coronet Peak is the closest to town and is reached via a fully sealed road. It is only about twenty minutes drive from the centre of town and there is a regular shuttle bus service or you can drive yourself. The Remarkables is also close to Queenstown and is serviced by a gravel alpine road that the inexperienced driver may find a little intimidating. The regular shuttle bus service is probably the best option if you are a little uncertain. The slopes are great and varied and there is plenty of lift capacity. Cardrona and Treble Cone are located closer to Wanaka and both provide superb skiing with plenty of lifts and great slopes. If you are planning a skiing holiday in New Zealand you should also see our north island skiing page to compare resorts.There is such a variety to choose from that skiing on New Zealand (NZ) south island is such a rewarding experience.