New Zealand is a world-renowned winter holiday destination, with its ski season beginning in June. As the snow falls over the islands, skiers and snowboards from all over begin their pilgrimage to the pristine snow, for a winter holiday in New Zealand.
New Zealand South Island is the snow covered home of winter sports enthusiast from all over the world. During long snow season, the four main ski fields (all within easy reach of Queenstown) are filled with winter sports enthusiasts, revelling in New Zealand’s famous powder.
During the winter, New Zealand’s South Island plays host to skiers and snowboarders from across the globe. From June to October, its perfect powder, snow covered slopes and cool, dry climate make Queenstown an ideal ski holiday destination and the world’s best ski resort.
With some of the best ski schools in the world, New Zealand’s ski resorts are the perfect place to learn the ways of the slopes. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or want to brush up on your skills, we’ll have you slicing up the slopes in no time.
Reach the slopes other skiers can only dream of with a HeliSkiing adventure. The highly skilled, local pilots know all the hidden pistes and best spots, and will have you powering through the freshest powder on your next New Zealand winter holiday.
During the winter, you’ll find most of the best ski fields in New Zealand’s South Island, with only a handful in the North. Queenstown is by far New Zealand’s most popular ski resort, with a number of impressive slopes within easy reach of the town.
Skiing and snowboarding not your thing? You’ll find plenty of more exciting winter sports to keep you entertained in the winter months there’s snowshoeing, ice skating, jet boating, ice climbing and much more.
Here are a few off-piste activities for your next winter holiday in New Zealand:
Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand’s West Coast is one of the country's most unique and incredible sights. Explore the powerful and impressive glacier closeup with an ice climbing activity or a guided walk. We highly recommend you try Franz Josef Glacier Guides on your next winter trip, they offer a range of tours and activities to suit all budgets, ages and abilities. Book Now >
Explore New Zealand’s snow covered landscape with ease this season with NZ Snowshoe. Thanks to the latest snowshoe technology, you can now move over deep snow in complete comfort. Snowshoeing is a fun, family friendly winter activity. Book a guided snowshoeing tour today. Book Now >
Taking Snowshoeing to a whole new level, a Heli-Snowshoeing guided tour will take you to places unreachable by most. Flying high above Queenstown’s busy ski slopes, from an expertly piloted chopper you’ll see New Zealand’s South Island winter wonderland at its best. Book Now >
Brace yourself for the 700 horsepower, world-famous Big Red jet boat ride. Shotover jet is the thrilling, seat-of-the-pants ride through the ice cold waters and narrow canyons of the Shotover River. Winter fun for the whole family, and open everyday, book your Shotover Jet ride today. Book Now >
Discover the majestic Fiordland National Park with a walk along the dramatic Hollyford Track. One of New Zealand’s best hiking tracks, you’ll enjoy the knowledge of expert guides, luxury accommodation and first class dining options. NZ Guided Walks offer a range of guided walking options from half day to 3 day hikes. Find Out More >
Glacier Hot Pools
Stay warm this winter at New Zealand’s most unique spa experience and premier thermal hot pools. Escape the New Zealand winter with a dip into the warm and rejuvenating geothermal Glacier Hot Pools luxurious and relaxing hot springs and spa. Pre-book for guaranteed access and faster service on arrival. Book Now >
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