The ski resorts in New Zealand offer premier snow, the longest season in Australasia, and a variety of terrain. Discover the best places to ski and hit the slopes this winter. Check out our comparison of the different resorts to help you choose where to ski this winter. Many of the resorts are located within close driving distance of one another, so you can choose which to ski and snowboard.

These premier resorts in the South Island are great places to learn to ski or perfect that turn. If you’re looking for a real challenge then try heli-skiing.

The greatest thing about a ski holiday in the South Island of New Zealand is that you have the choice of so many other things to do off the slopes. Why not visit a vineyard, take the kids for a fun family activity, soak it up at a spa or visit some of the scenic highlights?

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Bring the family and a group of friends to ski and snowboard the mountain at Cardrona. Tip: Check out their four terrain parks.

• Beginner terrain: 25%
• Intermediate terrain: 55%
• Advanced terrain: 20%
• Closest town: Wanaka
• Skiable Area: 320 ha

Treble Cone 

Visit the largest skiable area resort in the South Island and ski and board the off piste terrain with amazing views.

• Beginner terrain: 10%
• Intermediate terrain: 45%
• Advanced terrain: 45%
• Closest town: Wanaka
• Skiable area: 550 ha

The Remarkables 

Go skiing or snowboarding in the action packed resort offering a variety of facilities for all levels.  Check out the new 1.2km, six seater Curvey Basin chairlift.

• Beginner terrain: 30%
• Intermediate terrain: 40%
• Advanced terrain: 30%
• Closest town: Queenstown
• Skiable area: 220 ha

Coronet Peak 

Shoot up the mountain on a short 20-minute drive from Queenstown to ski and snowboard the renowned terrain and snow.  This is the only place you can ski at night (Fri and Sat nights only).

• Beginner terrain: 25%
• Intermediate terrain: 45%
• Advanced terrain: 30%
• Closest town: Queenstown
• Skiable area: 280 ha

Mt Hutt 

Experience the awesome terrain mix for a variety of levels for a great winter experience just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch airport.

• Beginner terrain: 25%
• Intermediate terrain: 50%
• Advanced terrain: 25%
• Closest town: Methven
• Skiable area: 365 ha



The closest ski area to Christchurch city, Porters is a family focused ski area with a complete range of ski and snowboard terrain to suit all abilities.

• Beginner terrain: 30%
• Intermediate terrain: 30%
• Advance terrain: 40%
• Closest town: Christchurch
• Skiable Area: 600ha

Trish May is a passionate New Zealander who works with New Zealand Ski Tourism Marketing Network to promote winter holidays in New Zealand. This article was originally published here.