A winter vacation in New Zealand offers breath-taking scenery, arguably the longest ski season in Australasia and an affordable vacation for all. A winter ski vacation is awesome fun and in New Zealand there is something for everyone, from the most avid skier and rider to beginners.

Air New Zealand offers a vast range of accommodation, on and off mountain activities, rental cars and more - book with Air New Zealand today for your one stop ski vacation shop.

North Island

Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest National Park and a dual World Heritage area where snow-capped Mt Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu (an active volcano) and Mt Ngauruhoe rise majestically from the central volcanic plateau. The National Park is a truly unique place to visit - the combination of magnificent tussock mountain scenery and plentiful, reliable snow falls makes the National Park a buzzing hub of activity over the luscious snow-laden winter months for ski and board enthusiasts from around New Zealand and the world. The village itself is a sleepy hamlet more at one with the wilderness and adventure activities than roaring nightlife. People are here for a good time - discovering the secrets of the volcanic wilderness and experiencing where adventure happens. Once in National Park there are plenty of local shuttles to get you to and from Whakapapa or Turoa ski areas or hire a car and some chains and drive yourself up!

Approximate Driving Times
To From Auckland
From Wellington
From Rotorua
Whakapapa 4 hours 4 hours, 45 minutes 2 hours
Turoa 4½ hours 4 hours, 15 minutes 2 hours, 45 minutes

South Island

The South Island is home to the magnificent Southern Alps. This wonderful mountain range dominates the landscape and is home to a host of ski fields including Mt Hutt located at the foot of the Alps. Mt Hutt is devoted to its laid back and genuine kiwi atmosphere. The breathtaking views on a clear day stretch across the patch-worked Canterbury Plains all the way from the Pacific Ocean to Aoraki Mt Cook. Dubbed the “Southern Hemisphere’s premier winter destination”, Queenstown - further south - is a haven for skiers and snowboarders and those that just love the après ski atmosphere. There are two key ski fields nearby - The Remarkables and Coronet Peak - and the likes of Treble Cone, and Cardrona are a short drive away nearer to Wanaka. Whilst the character of each field is very different, they are all framed against stunning scenic backdrops. Queenstown or Wanaka equally are ideal hubs for your New Zealand winter ski or board holiday. Let Ski Link in Queenstown get you to and from all major ski fields or hire a car and some chains and drive yourself up!

Approximate Driving Times
To From Christchurch
From Queenstown
From Wanaka
Mt Hutt
1½ hours - -
The Remarkables - 45 minutes 1 hour, 15 minutes
Coronet Peak - 25 minutes 1 hour, 10 minutes
Treble Cone - 1 hour, 30 minutes
30 minutes
Cardrona - 1 hour
35 minutes

See what Ski Events are planned for Winter 2013 at newzealandski.co.nz

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