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New Zealand Snow Season Guide

16 Feb 2024 Experiences, Couples, Family, Solo Traveller, Travel Tips
As we gear up for this year’s highly anticipated New Zealand snow season – which is shaping up to be the most sought-after in a decade - let us be your guide. From must-visit ski fields to in-demand destinations on the South Island, we've compiled these essential insights to ensure your winter getaway is nothing short of extraordinary.

Snowboarding, New Zealand


When you think of the snow season in New Zealand, the first place that comes to mind is Queenstown. Located in the heart of the Southern Alps and serviced by an international airport, the two closest ski fields are The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. Extensive skiable terrain ensures there's something suitable for all abilities and styles, from families to seasoned experts. Add plenty of off-mountain activities and accommodation options to suit all budgets – including Frankton as a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of Queenstown itself – and it’s easy to see why Queenstown is a favourite winter destination.

Cardrona, Queenstown, New Zealand


The easy-going sibling of vivacious Queenstown, Wanaka has the buzz of a genuine alpine town and is the ultimate hub for outdoor adventures. Found in the Otago region of the South Island, Wanaka is surrounded by the towering mountains of the Southern Alps and home to two of New Zealand’s big ski fields, Cardona and Treble Cone. Both provide world-class facilities, fantastic natural snowfall and a range of terrain to suit all ages – including Treble Cone’s massive 700m vertical drop if you’re feeling daring! The fun doesn't stop when you’re off the mountain, with a multitude of ways to enjoy your downtime, such as visiting That Wānaka Tree made famous by social media or challenging yourself in the world’s first multi-level mega maze at Puzzling World.

Wanaka Tree, New Zealand


A boutique destination on the edge of the Canterbury Plains, the rural town of Methven lies about an hour and a half from Christchurch and is the first stop if you’re driving the Snow Highway. It’s home to the eight-time award-winning ski field, Mt Hutt - known as New Zealand’s best-kept secret thanks to its world-class terrain and spectacular views. After a day on the slopes, indulge in one of the town’s many eateries and bars - ranging from fine dining to top-quality fish and chips – or soak in a calming hot pool at Opuke Thermal Pools and Spas for a most luxurious après ski experience. 

Mt Hutt, Methven

Winter holidays in New Zealand are nothing short of impressive whether you’re a beginner skier, experienced snowboarder or not even interested in skiing or snowboarding! Contact your Travellers Choice agent to book your New Zealand winter holiday.

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