New Zealand, a skier’s paradise
New Zealand is a country made up of two main islands and many small islands. Despite the fact that it is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, both islands have the snow-capped peaks ideal for winter sports. Due to its climate and mountainous terrain, the southern island is the most suitable for skiing. If adventure tempts you, here is a selection of the best ski resorts that can be found on the South Island.
Travel to New Zealand and discover Coronet Peak
Coronet Peak was the first ski resort in the country of the Long White Cloud. Inaugurated in 1939, it is the resort that attracts the most skiers to New Zealand, due to the short drive from the tourist town of Queenstown. It is therefore easily accessible, moreover, it has pistes of varying levels, with something for everyone! Coronet Peak extends over 280 hectares of skiable terrain. Its peak which rises to 1,650 meters, can be easily reached via 7 ski lifts.
The Remarkables: not to be missed during a trip to New Zealand
The Remarkables ski area is located on a chain of mountains bearing the same name, and is the highest ski resort in New Zealand, cumulating at 3,200 meters above sea level. Thanks to its altitude and the quality of its pistes, it is the favorite of beginner skiers. It is also easily accessible from Queenstown, albeit a more remote compared to Coronet Peak, taking about 45 minutes by car. One of the greatest attributes of this resort is its breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu.
Cardrona: a must when visiting New Zealand
Cardrona Station is a 30-minute drive from Wanaka Town. Compared to Coronet Peak and the Remarkables, Cardrona offers a larger ski area. The resort has 323 skiable hectares and reaches 1,900 meters, with 7 ski lifts making it easy to reach the pistes at altitude. Cardrona also offers a magnificent view of the surrounding landscapes.
Treble Cone: Unmissable skiing in New Zealand
Treble Cone is the largest ski resort on the South Island of New Zealand. It has more than 500 hectares dedicated to winter sports and is situated a few kilometers from the city of Wanaka. Treble Cone has 4 lifts, but its pistes are more challenging, and therefore not advisable for beginners; for regulars, however, Treble Cone is an excellent choice. Also, at 1,910 meters high, the views of Lake Wanaka, as well as Mount Aspiring are breathtaking.