Queenstown is home to unquestionably some of the best NZ ski holidays and mountain ranges in the world so for the skiing and snowboarding holiday of a lifetime look no further. During the ski season regular bus services operate from your Queenstown accommodation to Coronet Peak, Cardrona with its great on snow accommodation, Treble Cone and the Remarkables. Fantastic slopes are available for skiing, snowboarding or for something a little more extreme…what about Heli-skiing!
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak is the South Island's most popular ski area. Its diverse terrain, breathtaking views, and its nearness to Queenstown makes for an unforgettable snow experience. Coronet Peak is host to many sporting and social events including the FIS rated Southern Cup and the Queenstown Winter Festival. It is also the training ground of New Zealand’s National Ski Team.
Coronet Peak's resort ski area is situated just 25 minutes from the centre of Queenstown and access to the area is excellent, by sealed road. It has a reputation for some of the finest and most diverse terrain in the Southern Hemisphere and after experiencing it for yourself it will be clear to you why Coronet Peak has developed such a strong reputation. Coronet Peak Snow Fields attract visitors from around the globe, including international competitive skiers and snowboarders who just can’t get enough of the snow slopes. In fact, Coronet Peak's terrain is rated so well it’s even good when the sun goes down - night skiing, exclusive to Coronet Peak, allows skiers and riders to continue skiing well into the night. You can check out our snow report here.
Coronet Peak has 280 skiable hectares accessed by a six seater express chair, an express quad, a T-bar, a double chair, magic carpet and beginner tow. Extensive snowmaking ensures a long season. The ski area season opens early June (weather permitting) and generally lasts until October.
Tandem Paragliding and Hang Gliding is also available off the Coronet Peak ski field, the highest of the flying sites in Queenstown.
The Remarkables is a ski area close to Queenstown and connected to it by what can only be described as a remarkable road. The ski area is fantastic with great lifts and challenging terrain. There is a regular daily bus shuttle service to the ski areas and it is free if you join it at the ski office in Queenstown itself. There is a $10 pickup fee for stops at accommodation along the route to the mountain.
The skifield is 220 hectares (540 acres) with 5 lifts, which comprises of 3 quad chairs, 1 beginner tow and 1 magic carpet. The longest run to be found at The Remarkables is 1.5km. The ski season runs from Late June through to October weather permitting.
For the fun-seeking visitors – why not forget the skis and boards and enjoy the Ozone Tubing Park. Live music on the deck adds to the party atmosphere. Children aged 10 and younger ski free at The Remarkables ski area.
Cardrona is always a great place to choose. It consistently has the best snow cover and there are three main chair lifts. This is the only ski resort in New Zealand that has some on snow accommodation, but it is very limited so you really need to book it a year or so in advance. The access road is one of the easier ones by New Zealand standards and snow chains must be carried. Accommodation is mostly in either Queenstown or Wanaka and it is only a twenty minute drive to the latter.
Encompassing three valleys Cardrona is suitable for all visitors from beginners through to the experienced. Cardrona is situated just 57 kilometres from Queenstown, and takes approximately an hour to make the journey.
Cardrona offers picturesque scenery all year round, snow or no snow, you'll be sure to enjoy all that Cardrona has to offer.
Treble Cone is the largest ski and snowboard area on the South Island of New Zealand consisting of 550 hectares of land. The main Street trail, is 2 km long and the longest run at Treble Cone is over 4 kilometers. The USA olympic team are often seen training at treble cone during the southern winter.The learner's area with snowmaking facilities is located near the base building; the wide, gentle slope has an easy gradient and is groomed every night. This is serviced by an easy-to-use platter lift.
Once you have decided where you are going to ski in New Zealand, the next important job is to find your Queenstown accommodation! Queenstown has around 858,000 domestic and international overnight visitors every year, and predictably that number is ever increasing. Now add to that fact there is practically no accommodation at the ski fields themselves, the need for plentiful visitor accommodation in Queenstown has been realised. Subsequently you will find every kind of accommodation ranging from Hotels and Apartments to Motels and Backpackers – essentially something to suit every tourist and holiday maker.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Plan your holiday right now! This spectacular town will win your heart – skiing and snowboarding in Queenstown will be the best decision you ever made!