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New Zealand Skiing - Ski hostels in New Zealand

  • While the Northern Hemisphere is basking in summer sun, New Zealand is gripped with ski fever. The New Zealand ski season runs from June until October in both the South and North Islands. The numerous ski resorts offer lots of wide open slopes which are ideal for beginners, with lots of slopes also catering to more experienced skiers and snowboarders. For the more adventurous, try night skiing, heliskiing or heliboarding. Here we take a look at some of the coolest spots to ski in New Zealand. Keep in mind that if you do fancy a ski holiday in New Zealand, you can book hostels in New Zealand from our great selection.

  • Queenstown

    Stretching along much of New Zealand’s South Island, the Southern Alps are home to numerous ski resorts. A few of the most popular include Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and The Remarkables, all of which are within a one-hour drive from Queenstown. Buses travel to these resorts daily during ski season and actually pick people up from all the hostels in Queenstown. If want to save some money, rent your ski gear in Queenstown itself rather than waiting and paying higher prices are the resorts. This town is New Zealand’s adventure sport capital and skiing is just one of many exhilarating activities to get your pulse racing during your Queenstown visit.



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  • Wanaka

    New Zealand’s famous Treble Cone Ski Resort is a mere 19km from the beautiful town of Wanaka on the South Island. Treble Cone is one of the largest ski resorts in New Zealand and is particularly suited to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Beginners need not worry, as the resort also has some great slopes for learners. Like Queenstown, Wanaka is a lakeside town but is a little more chilled-out than its party loving neighbour. Home to lots of great restaurants and stores, there’s plenty to do after a day on the slopes. On top of that, other outdoor activities from lake fishing to hiking can also be enjoyed in Wanaka.



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  • Arthur’s Pass

    Travel further north up the South Island and you’ll find Arthur’s Pass. Located in the Canterbury region, it’s next to the Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. With its steep terrain and easy access to off piste skiing, Craigieburn is best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers. Another ski area to keep an eye out for near Arthur’s Pass is Temple Basin. Popular with experienced skiers and snowboarders, it’s also got some slopes suitable for beginners.



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  • Methven

    Also in Canterbury, the ski resort of Mt Hutt is only a one-hour drive from Christchurch. Mt Hutt, which boasts an impressive height of 2086 metres, has one of the South Island’s largest vertical drops along with lots of other runs covering all kinds of terrain. As a result, there really is something for everyone at Mt Hutt, from beginners to pros. There is no accommodation at the resort, so the closest option is the nearby town of Methven. Don't worry if you don't have a car; local buses run daily in winter from Methven up to the resort. At the end of a day on the slopes, you’ll be able to chill out in this small, welcoming town.



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  • Taupo

    Covering 1,050 hectares and boasting over 65 different trails, the Whakapapa Ski Area is one of the largest ski areas in the country. Located on the North Island's Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa caters to all levels of experience. Beginners can learn the ropes in Happy Valley, while advanced skiers can check out the Black Magic area. Also located on Mt Ruapehu, the Turoa Ski Area is home to New Zealand’s highest ski lift and attracts skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels of experience. For somewhere to stay, check out the town of Taupo located just over an hour from Whakapapa and two hours from Turoa. A popular destination, it’s a vibrant spot, just like its South Island counterpart Queenstown. Lively bars and a great selection of eateries provide plenty of options for après ski fun. For the more adventurous, Taupo is also home to a huge variety of extreme activities including skydiving and bungee jumping.



    Book hostels in Taupo

  • So if you’re thinking about a New Zealand skiing trip, hopefully this feature will give you lots of ideas for top ski destinations on both the North and South Islands. Keep in mind, we’ve still got lots of availability at hostels in New Zealand for your ski break.

  • Book hostels in New Zealand | Check out our New Zealand online guide for free pocket guides, videos, podcasts and more

  • While the Northern Hemisphere is basking in summer sun, New Zealand is gripped with ski fever. The New Zealand ski season runs from June until October in both the South and North Islands. The numerous ski resorts offer lots of wide open slopes which are ideal for beginners, with lots of slopes also catering to more experienced skiers and snowboarders. For the more adventurous, try night skiing, heliskiing or heliboarding. Here we take a look at some of the coolest spots to ski in New Zealand. Keep in mind that if you do fancy a ski holiday in New Zealand, you can book hostels in New Zealand from our great selection.

  • Queenstown

    Stretching along much of New Zealand’s South Island, the Southern Alps are home to numerous ski resorts. A few of the most popular include Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and The Remarkables, all of which are within a one-hour drive from Queenstown. Buses travel to these resorts daily during ski season and actually pick people up from all the hostels in Queenstown. If want to save some money, rent your ski gear in Queenstown itself rather than waiting and paying higher prices are the resorts. This town is New Zealand’s adventure sport capital and skiing is just one of many exhilarating activities to get your pulse racing during your Queenstown visit.



    Book hostels in Queenstown

  • Wanaka

    New Zealand’s famous Treble Cone Ski Resort is a mere 19km from the beautiful town of Wanaka on the South Island. Treble Cone is one of the largest ski resorts in New Zealand and is particularly suited to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Beginners need not worry, as the resort also has some great slopes for learners. Like Queenstown, Wanaka is a lakeside town but is a little more chilled-out than its party loving neighbour. Home to lots of great restaurants and stores, there’s plenty to do after a day on the slopes. On top of that, other outdoor activities from lake fishing to hiking can also be enjoyed in Wanaka.



    Book hostels in Wanaka

  • Arthur’s Pass

    Travel further north up the South Island and you’ll find Arthur’s Pass. Located in the Canterbury region, it’s next to the Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. With its steep terrain and easy access to off piste skiing, Craigieburn is best suited to intermediate and advanced skiers. Another ski area to keep an eye out for near Arthur’s Pass is Temple Basin. Popular with experienced skiers and snowboarders, it’s also got some slopes suitable for beginners.



    Book hostels in Arthur's Pass

  • Methven

    Also in Canterbury, the ski resort of Mt Hutt is only a one-hour drive from Christchurch. Mt Hutt, which boasts an impressive height of 2086 metres, has one of the South Island’s largest vertical drops along with lots of other runs covering all kinds of terrain. As a result, there really is something for everyone at Mt Hutt, from beginners to pros. There is no accommodation at the resort, so the closest option is the nearby town of Methven. Don't worry if you don't have a car; local buses run daily in winter from Methven up to the resort. At the end of a day on the slopes, you’ll be able to chill out in this small, welcoming town.



    Book hostels in Methven

  • Taupo

    Covering 1,050 hectares and boasting over 65 different trails, the Whakapapa Ski Area is one of the largest ski areas in the country. Located on the North Island's Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa caters to all levels of experience. Beginners can learn the ropes in Happy Valley, while advanced skiers can check out the Black Magic area. Also located on Mt Ruapehu, the Turoa Ski Area is home to New Zealand’s highest ski lift and attracts skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels of experience. For somewhere to stay, check out the town of Taupo located just over an hour from Whakapapa and two hours from Turoa. A popular destination, it’s a vibrant spot, just like its South Island counterpart Queenstown. Lively bars and a great selection of eateries provide plenty of options for après ski fun. For the more adventurous, Taupo is also home to a huge variety of extreme activities including skydiving and bungee jumping.



    Book hostels in Taupo

  • So if you’re thinking about a New Zealand skiing trip, hopefully this feature will give you lots of ideas for top ski destinations on both the North and South Islands. Keep in mind, we’ve still got lots of availability at hostels in New Zealand for your ski break.

  • Book hostels in New Zealand | Check out our New Zealand online guide for free pocket guides, videos, podcasts and more


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