New Zealand is a country of extremes, with high snowy peaks and lush green valleys and forests. New Zealand's mountains experience particularly long winters due to their weather changing terrain, and with these long winters comes snow - a lot of snow. The ski culture is vibrant, with locals and international travellers spending months in the mountains to make the most of the impressive ski spots. There are dozens of ski resorts throughout the country,i providing hundreds of kilometres of ski slopes. There are skiing options on both the north and south islands, fitting in with whatever else you want to do in New Zealand.
The ski season typically runs from June to October on both islands, with the North Island starting and finishing ski season fractionally later than the South Island. There are slopes and experience levels to suit everyone, from first-time skiers to seasoned experts. You will find qualified instructors at each of the south island's resorts, offering group and private lessons. There is no need to bring your own equipment with ski and gear rental available at the resorts - but it is best to bring some warm clothes of your own, with average temperatures ranging from -4 to -10 degrees Celsius during the winter.
The North Island is more known for its snowy peaks, while the South is more for its open snow-covered terrain. It's purely subjective as to which you prefer. Along with the skiing, these resorts provide world-class dining, hiking spots, the best of New Zealand wine and 5-star accommodation. Here we will cover some of the top ski spots in New Zealand, offering the best overall ski and snowboard experience.